Hypocrisy update December 3, 2020:
#68: saying “all of the people” when you mean “criminals”
I think it’s fair to say that when House Squad member Ayanna Pressley said this she did not mean conservative Americans:
You cannot have a government for and by the people if it is not represented by all of the people,” said Congresswoman Pressley83
That was a year ago. In a December 2, 2020 op-ed she threatens to make good on her claim to bring justice for all the people with “mass decarceration.”84 In case you haven’t kept up with the newest liberal labels for bad ideas, this means redefining the idea of criminals and criminal behavior.
Apparently “criminal” is just a label. If we change the label we won’t have any more criminals and no need for prisons or the police. This will save us money and create a better, happier, more equal society.
Credit Democrats who think like Pressley for trying to expand the opportunities in the criminal workforce. This won’t really be a benefit for “all of the people,” but we will all share in the results.
Hypocrisy update December 16, 2020:
#69: Pelosi’s crocodile tears over 300,000 deaths
Time is up for the House and Senate to help the American people. For Nancy Pelosi that means it’s almost time to take credit for not only helping the unemployed, but for saving lives:
Congress must come together and reach bipartisan agreement this week on coronavirus legislation to save the lives and livelihoods of the American people. We cannot go home without it.85
Saving lives is a pretty ominous responsibility, though obviously not an especially important one because the American people came dead last – pun intended – so lawmakers can run away for their holidays with whatever passes for their consciences left intact.
In all honesty we don’t really expect Pelosi to care. It’s understandable she fears looking bad while “lives and livelihoods” are lost. It would have been nice if this important bipartisan agreement had been reached in time for Americans to receive their checks before Christmas, but as long as she makes a deal in time for a quick congratulatory press release I guess she’s fulfilled what passes for an obligation.
Still, one has to wonder. If Democrats had a chance to save those 300,000 lives in exchange for keeping Trump in the White House would they have agreed?
Hypocrisy update December 29, 2020:
#70: blaming Republicans for not saving the people you destroyed
When Mitch McConnell said no to adding another $1,400 to the newest round of COVID relief payments Democrats were understandably outraged. Americans are desperate. How could he do this?
Senator Debbie Stabenow voiced her frustration:
Our families are in desperate need of help and Senate Republicans are standing in the way.86
Senator Stabenow is from Michigan. Gretchen Whitmer is governor. Her shutdowns in response to COVID-19 made national headlines, but she’s hardly the only Democrat who turned working families and business owners into desperate Americans.
Chuck Schumer wasn’t happy, either. Schumer accused McConnell of:
a blatant attempt to deprive Americans of a $2,000 survival check.87
Actually, McConnell only deprived Americans of $1,400. In any event, Schumer is from New York. It’s appalling what Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio did to families and businesses in that state.
J.B. Priztker did the same thing to Illinois.
Gavin Newsom did the same thing to California.
I could go on and on but you get the idea so let’s stop wasting time and cut to the chase.
1. Democrats chewed up month after month stalling COVID relief so they could tuck as much extra spending in their final package as possible. When all was said and done families came up short.
2. Democratic governors either took advantage of the COVID situation to ruin their state economies in expectation of federal aid for completely unrelated problems like pension relief or they panicked and resorted to lockdowns and business closures. Either explanation works. They wear the blame.
3. Democrats on Capitol Hill ignore the consequences of the House doing exactly what Schumer blames McConnell for doing: making help for Americans contingent on other partisan spending.
For the record I don’t agree with McConnell. Americans deserve more and better. They aren’t going to get it from Democrats, though. Their unfathomable hypocrisy on pandemic relief proves they are at the top of their game. Too bad so many who are hurting rely on them for help.
Hypocrisy update January 1, 2021:
#71: fighting for the people
There was a shred of truth in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “End of 116th Congress” statement. She thanked House Democrats for:
fighting For the People.88
I don’t know if it was intentional, but assuming it is capitalizing “For the People” is important. It refers to a Democratic Party agenda, not actually doing anything to help Americans.
H.R. 1, the For the People Act was an ill-fated election reform bill introduced by John Sarbanes (D-MD) in 2019. It met with overwhelming approval from Democrats in the House. 236 cosponsored the bill. Not a single Republican said yes. Hilariously, Sarbanes’ bill:
also sets forth provisions related to election security, including sharing intelligence information with state election officials, protecting the security of the voter rolls, supporting states in securing their election systems, developing a national strategy to protect the security and integrity of U.S. democratic institutions, establishing in the legislative branch the National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions, and other provisions to improve the cybersecurity of election systems.89
Not doing these things worked to the party’s advantage. Democrats should breathe a sigh of relief that this DOA legislation stayed right where it was imagined.
The House Democratic Policy & Communications Committee also used “For the People” when it talked about lowering health care and drug prices, raising pay and “rebuilding America,” and cleaning up corruption in Washington.90
None of these things happened either, but that’s not the point. The aim is taking credit “for the people” and hoping to be believed.
Pelosi was right about fighting. Fighting is a good thing for the House and Senate. It means lawmakers don’t have to do anything.
When it came to fighting for the people – without caps this time – Pelosi made sure Americans got the bare minimum by stalling House coronavirus CARES Act relief because she couldn’t get the trillions in spending she demanded including scantily disguised bailouts for Democratic states like Illinois.
In the end Pelosi won anyway. The House passed a massive spending package and linked a few dollars in minimalist COVID relief for the masses to her party’s spending priorities. It was only when Trump shamed the House and Senate and demanded more that she upped the ante to the president’s $2,000 benchmark.
There is hypocrisy aplenty here, first for alluding to an election security bill that could have trashed this election for Joe Biden. Second is the hoax implicit in “fighting for the people.” As usual, Democrats fought for themselves and won.
Hypocrisy update January 6, 2021:
#72: running for a Democratic Party that worships whiteness
The shocking news that Georgia voters handed Raphael Warnock a U.S. Senate seat is only eclipsed by the fact that he went to so much effort to get it. The candidate who is known for demanding that we repent for worshipping whiteness is joining a body seething with very powerful, very wealthy white people.
How is this possible?
Warnock must not see the hypocrisy in signing up with a party that staked its claim to convincing Americans that we are a racist nation despite the fact that Democratic representation on Capitol Hill is overwhelmingly white and by his own definition emblematic of a nation that not only worships, but elects whiteness.
The Senate is transparent about its diversity. The list of non-white Senators is pretty short and even shorter than it looks because Kamala Harris counts as both African American and Asian American.
As a freshman senator Warnock can’t expect to make any massive inroads to fix what makes America such a terrible, racist place. Like AOC in the House he can talk loud and intimidate colleagues with divisive speeches that dare them to disagree, but against the likes of his white, career politician colleagues he’s not going to make history anytime soon.
The more troubling question is why Warnock would want any part of a Democratic Party that decried racist America and then nominated Joe Biden for president, a man who is the essence of wealthy white Americana?
Why would he even consider submitting to Mitch McConnell or – god forbid – Chuck Schumer?
I’ve pondered this long and hard and can only come up with one simple answer. Judging by the wealthy career politicians that haunt the Senate halls year after year after year it must be a great gig for those lucky enough to get it. Values are one thing but a lucrative, do nothing career in Democratic Party politics is quite another.
Hypocrisy update January 8, 2021:
#73: forbidding Republicans to leverage Nazis
9:40 a.m.: Illinois’ socialist Rep. Jan Schakowsky doesn’t like it when others use Nazi references. This is the kind of off-limits rhetoric that only members of her party are allowed to indulge.
The left viciously attacked newly-elected Republican Rep. Mary’s Miller’s comment that “Hitler was right on one thing.” Schakowsky joined other Illinois Democrats who condemned the congresswoman:
We, the duly elected Members of the Illinois Delegation, condemn today’s statement by our new colleague, Mary Miller. This repugnant comment, on a repugnant day, is a black mark on this body and a black mark on our state. Mary
Miller must apologize to her constituents, to the American people and to all who memorialize the millions murdered by Hitler.91
Miller did not memorialize the millions murdered by Hitler any more than Sean Spicer minimized the Holocaust in 2017 with his remarks about Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. She did not praise the dictator either, as Schakowsky charges.92 Miller’s choice of words was very unfortunate, but all Schakowsky and her colleagues heard was “Hitler.” Then it was off to the races.
Democrats didn’t have a problem using Nazi Germany against President Trump. They proved time and against that Nazis could be leveraged for politically useful rhetoric and more than once referred to Trump’s “stormtroopers” when he tried to stop last year’s violent George Floyd protests (see hypocrisy update #53). They even stooped so low as to forgive anti-Semitism that came from their own ranks.
When you are a Democrat the rules are very, very different than they are for everyone else.
I don’t know if any Democrat understood what Miller was trying to say or if they were immediately struck blind and deaf by the word “Hitler.” Granted, she could have found a better way to make her point. It’s understandable why Democrats are so offended. The party’s totalitarian streak has been showing all year and it’s about to get much, much worse. Biden and company may have swept into office on a wave of radical left socialism, but when January 20 arrives we have good reason to fear clampdowns and crackdowns and indoctrination and attacks on the First Amendment like we’ve never seen in America. Our schools are the perfect place to start.
This is what Miller was talking about. We should all be very fearful about where this national liberal indoctrination will lead us. Democrats will do everything they can to silence anyone who objects, questions, or makes very apt albeit poorly-chosen comparisons.
5:48 p.m.: I thought we were done talking about Nazis for the week, but according to The Dallas Morning News Joe Biden brought it up again today by comparing Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) to Nazi propaganda meister Joseph Goebbels.
In pursuit of Biden’s goal of healing America it would be wonderful if Congress would pass a resolution confirming lawmakers’ refusal to compare anyone in America to a Nazi unless, of course, they really are a Nazi. Hawley and Cruz most assuredly are not. The problem is that Democrats now control Congress so the only resolution they would agree to is one forbidding Republicans to use this kind of imagery. They will always feel justified in using it themselves and we’ll likely hear it again before the fracas over the Capitol riots dies down. Biden just proved it.
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