Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Double Standard

Now Newt Gingrich, the newly courted Political Savior for the Religious Right, has done it. Newt is the guy of course that Dr. Dobson called courageous for admitting his many affairs on the radio.

Newt has stuck his foot in his mouth. What they seem to be forgetting is that their own Bible tells us exactly what is happening. Matthew 12:34 tells us that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. In other words, what is bouncing around in the mind of these people finds it's way out of their mouths. The same is true of drunken vituperation's like that of Micheal Richards and Mel Gibson. It isn't that the drunkenness adds these words, it basically opens the secret safe where they keep those feelings hidden.

So the Straight Talk Express, McCain's novel little adventure in trying to offend, uh, reach the American public, has a new passenger in Newt Gingrich. For those who have missed it, Gingrich seems to think that having bilingual schools makes them sound like ghettos. McCain's straight talk includes correcting his statement that troops have been wasted, and of course the recent one that it's safe to walk the streets of Baghdad. Providing of course you have heavily armed helicopters, snipers, a battalion of soldiers, and body armor on in a staged market. And everyone has that, right?

When will they learn? When will the religious right finally quit playing churchianity and realize that their hearts are exposed by their words, not to mention their actions?

Consider also the White House criticism of Speaker Pelosi's trip to Syria. Apparently diplomacy is a bad idea. As the intellectually challenged VP said, it rewards bad behavior. But that is only if those doing the talking are Democrats. Don't look at the fact that there is a Republican delegation there as well, headed by Reps. Aderson and Wolf. And the Assistant Undersecretary of State was there last month. That would make the criticism by the White House partisan and hypocritical. In other words, they are using their office in violation of the Hatch Act.

Thankfully we can catch the absurdity of all this hubris before it gets too far. Not unlike Orin Hatch's flat out lie on Good Morning America that fired US Attorney Carol Lamm was a campaign manager for Clinton in south California, and had only been an attorney for a few years. That contradicts Justice Department records showing Lamm as an attorney for 18 years, and hence unable to serve as campaign manager for Clinton. And this is all caught and researched and posted on the net withing hours.

The double standard? When it comes to the Republicans, it's only bad if someone else does it. Of bigger concern to me about what escapes their lips is what it reveals about their true feelings and intentions. That's when it is apparent that they have no inhibitions about deceit and lies.


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