The Hypocrisy of the Right

It seems to be a popular notion among the conservative right to think that hypocrisy is the exclusive domain of the liberal left. However, in recent years I have become increasingly aware of the presence of hypocrisy infecting the political right and I find it quite disturbing.

Hypocrisy is subtle and beguiling. Like the Pharisees of old, you can fall into hypocrisy without even realizing it – being blind to your own gradual departure from the righteous standard while still calling yourself an enlightened guide to the blind. I believe the Christian-conservative-right would do well to take a reality check and ask God to show us any places where we have let this insidious disease creep in and influence us to engage in practices that do not align with what we preach.

The Moral High Ground

An October 11 article by Jim Jamitis at RedState illustrates at least one manifestation of this malady and its debilitating effect. Jamitis describes the embarrassment one is inclined to feel for former Trump campaign manager turned Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, when she criticizes Hillary Clinton for being too slow to respond to, and too tepid in her condemnation of, the sexual misdeeds of Harvey Weinstein. It wasn’t that long ago that Conway herself, “flippantly dismissed her boss’s accusers and his own sexually deviant braggadocio.” Jamitis went on to explain that he opposed Trump’s nomination because, “by supporting him, people were throwing away their future credibility when being critical of Democrats on character issues.” Continue reading “The Hypocrisy of the Right”

A Tale of Two Surveys (Are the Parties Conning Us?)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, depending whether you were receiving the “Republican 2017 Congressional District Census,” or the “Official 2017 Democratic Party Survey”; whether your party had just achieved victory, or suffered defeat; whether your party was in power, trying to defend the country against the forces of evil, or was out of power, trying to take the country back from the forces of evil. Whichever survey you received, one thing was certain: The country could only be saved if you “send us your money!”

But perhaps I should back up to start at the beginning of the story.

I’ve been receiving gimmick fundraising letters from the Republican Party for a long time. I mean, a really, really long time – like decades; and that is despite the fact that I’ve never in my life been an actual member of, nor donated to, the Republican Party. But that hasn’t stopped the republicans from sending me mailings, sometimes with a membership card, and at other times, an official survey seeking to discover the views of the “party faithful,” so that the new congress can set their agenda based on the opinions of some guy in Spokane Valley who isn’t even a member of the party.

However, I had never really thought about what kind of fundraising schemes the Democratic Party might be employing to extract funds from their target donors. Well, I recently found out when a friend shared a letter with me that he had received from the Democratic Party. Like me, and my non-association with the Republican Party, this friend has nothing to do with the Democratic Party. I don’t know what caused them to include him in their most recent mailing, but I’m glad they did, as it gave me a chance to compare the tactics of the two parties side by side.

What I discovered is that the similarities between the two mailings are just too great to ignore. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Surveys (Are the Parties Conning Us?)”

Don’t Feed the Lizards

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As Pastor Chuck Baldwin explains in this week’s column, “anyone who would want to see a Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton presidential race in 2016 has a death wish for America.” On the grounds of Biblical worldview, strict Constitutional limits and principles of liberty, either of these media proclaimed front-runners represent “The Worst of Evils,” according to Pastor Baldwin. Nevertheless, the establishment powers-that-be are even now busily lining up Americans to support one candidate, or party, over the other, with no real regard given to the crucial importance of the actual policies or guiding philosophies of the candidates.

Nancy Pelosi, ostensibly speaking for the political left, has informed us that the fact that Hillary Clinton is a woman is reason enough why liberals everywhere should support her.

On the other side of the coin, my state’s Republican Party chair recently sent out a message begging all good conservatives to start supporting the Republican Party now so we can “Stop Hillary Clinton.” Never mind who the Republican nominee might actually turn out to be, what’s important is not to let the other party’s socialist, new world order, power elite, establishment lackey get in.

All of this reminded me of my friend Randy Stufflebeam’s article on “The Wrong Lizard.” If you’re still caught up in the feigned fight of the Republican lizard vs the Democrat lizard and think it really matters which establishment party wins the White House in 2016, then the lizards have you right where they want you. That kind of thinking only feeds and helps perpetuate the two-lizard system by giving it our time, attention or money. Please read Randy’s article, and please, don’t feed the lizards!

Don’t Let the Bogeyman Get You

A friend recently commented on Facebook about how tired she is of the demonization of Obama that seems to pervade the conversations of conservatives. Not because she in any way approves of Obama or agrees with his policies, but because his are substantially the same policies as the preceding administration and would for the most part be continued by a Romney administration as well. My friend was in no way defending Obama, but was Continue reading “Don’t Let the Bogeyman Get You”

Leading Without A Compass

I recently ran across a bit of information that at first confused me; then frustrated me; then made me question; then it made a light come on; then it brought my view of our so called ‘conservative’ Republican leaders in Congress to a new low.

Some years back, I ran across the Freedom Index published by the John Birch Society. The index is published once every 6 months and tracks key bills in Congress and the votes of each member of Congress on those bills. Votes are scrutinized for adherence to the U.S. Constitution, sound fiscal policy and a traditional foreign policy of avoiding ‘entangling alliances.’ Members of Congress are then rated from 0% to 100% for adherence to this standard. Continue reading “Leading Without A Compass”