Tired of Hypocrites.

I just had a discussion with a hypocrite. Wow! You should try it sometime.

This person is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal Democrat. The Democratic party could run a goat on the next Presidential ticket and this person would vote for it. And I just can’t stand crap like that. I’m an independent. I’ve voted for two Democrats for President and two Republicans for President. In local and statewide races, I’ve probably voted for just slightly more Democrats. When the news talks about an “independent” voter, I would like to think they’re speaking about someone like me, who votes for the person and their individual beliefs and backbone, rather than the party they represent.

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Which brings me back to hypocrites. Their intellect and worldview has been on great display since this whole NSA story broke. In 2001, in the weeks after 9/11, when our leaders were talking about the Patriot Act and giving up some personal liberties and freedom in exchange for greater security, I was appalled. And the hypocrite that I referred above was appalled, as well. How could George W. Bush get away with this? What were members of Congress thinking? Further, could the public be so blinded by national tragedy that they would blindly follow along and discard rights to privacy and more?

So, when I spoke with my friend this week, I expected this person to still be appalled by the whole NSA narrative and the fact that the Obama administration had not only continued, but in fact strengthened these policies. But no. Instead, my friend said, “well, Bush started it. It’s clearly Bush and Cheney that are at fault.”

Now, here is where things get dicey, if you’re like me and try to see both sides of the coin. OK, Bush started it. He was responsible for the massive power grab that stole freedoms, liberties and privacy from the American people and placed it squarely with the executive branch of the government. So, yes, Bush started it.

However, while campaigning for President in 2007, Barack Obama said, “This Administration also puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we demand… That means no more illegal wire-tapping of American citizens. No more national security letters to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime. No more tracking citizens who do nothing more than protest a misguided war. No more ignoring the law when it is inconvenient. That is not who we are. And it is not what is necessary to defeat the terrorists… We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers, and that justice is not arbitrary.”

This is where hypocrites will begin to parse words. They will point out that Obama said “illegal” wire-tapping. The things the NSA was doing were legal, they will say. Congress approved, they will say. Even so, Obama also said, in the quote above, that the Bush administration was forcing a choice between liberty and security— and that this was a false choice. Interesting, indeed. Because this is what President Obama’s recent response was to the whole NSA whistleblower charade, “I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” Wowzers. Seems like Barry is presenting that same false choice that he accused Bush of presenting. This, after having run partially on the campaign plank of reforming these practices to reinstate our personal liberties.

I was mad when Bush did it. I’m mad that Obama continued to do it! However, my friend the hypocrite, the dyed-in-the-wool Democrat hypocrite, was defending the actions of the Obama administration. When I asked if this was also a defense of Bush administration tactics, the hypocrite said, “no, because he started it.” My answer? What’s good for the goose, is good for the gander. If you’re upset with one administration, in this case, you need to be upset with both administrations.

And when questioned about leaker Edward Snowden? What did the hypocrite say then? Well, of course, he should be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, the hypocrite said! Never mind that Bush-era whistleblowers, who also exposed government wrongdoing, were celebrated by the Left.

This country is full of hypocrites. It would be nice if we could stop sending them to Washington, though. Washington needs more folks that are willing to stand up to the leaders in their own party and say, “No. Discard the fact that we are from the same party. Wrong behavior is wrong behavior. Bad policy is bad policy.” Because, just like my hypocrite friend, those same Democratic Congressman and Senators that were baffled by the Bush administration’s 2001-2002 power grabs are now defending that behavior today, because one of their own is guilty of it.

And that’s just not right.

 

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Obama, on a roll, now offending Catholics… over education.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” said President Obama at a speech in Ireland, while traveling for the G-8 Summit.

Of course, whether or not he meant what everyone is construing, this has sparked outrage amongst Catholics all around the world, who see it as a sign that now Obama may be coming for private educational facilities.

I’m not Catholic. But I did attend Catholic private schools through the beginning of 3rd grade, before moving to the local public schools. The level of education offered, in my opinion, in this case, was the same. However, now that I’m all grown up and write children’s books, I’ve visited hundreds of school all across the country— both private and public. The difference is unbelievable.

But change can happen— we can make public schools just as good as private schools. What will it take? It will take politicians that are ready to start doing something instead of yammering on about Catholic schools “encouraging division.”

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Movie Review: Lincoln… zzzzzz… zzzzzzzz….

 

 

 

 

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Oh, how I wanted to enjoy this movie.

As a self-admitted politics junkie, I was excited to see this film because I was promised a political process film, not a biography. And that’s just what I got.

However, Abraham Lincoln was a man like any other. All of our Presidents are human beings, first— or at least they should be. This movie seems to forget that fact and instead treats him as a Saint or a Greek God. I imagine that, if Steven Spielberg could have re-imagined the whole history, he might have even given Lincoln Greek columns at his nominating speech. You know, like this:

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I think historical films should take a historical look at their subjects. Unfortunately, as much as President Obama likes to refer to Lincoln, and as much as Steven Spielberg likes President Obama, I think this movie was borderline propaganda. I don’t want to say this, but that’s how I felt while watching it. I expected the clouds to part and the rising of the oceans to stop.

Besides this, the movie just… barely… plodded… along. I couldn’t keep my interest, as much as I tried and as much I love history and politics.

Don’t get me wrong— the acting was spectacular. Daniel Day Lewis obviously fell in love with his character. He will win the Oscar on February 24th. And I really like Sally Field… I mean, I really, really like her. So I would like to see her walk away with a little gold man later this month.

Yes, the movie was big and historical and one-of-a-kind and OHMYGOD Spielberg(!!!) directed it. But I just didn’t like it.

Is that OK? Does that make me a bad person?

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