|David Duke Louis Farakhan|
We have seen it again and again over the past decade or so especially. Say or write the "wrong" thing and you may well become the victim of political bullying and brow-beating by those who openly condemn bullying and publicly shaming a person. Yet when someone on their side of the political spectrum spouts racist, gender, or religious hatred it is either ignored or downplayed. That is hypocritical.
Whether they are; a member of the political Left in the US who attacks a politician from the other side as "racist" because that person doesn't agree with them, all while having been openly photographed with Louis Farakhan, Al Sharpton, or some other person pushing a racist, religious, or gender agenda of inequality, or a member of the Right who does the same yet does not attack White Supremacists or Anti-Semitics in their own party are hypocrites.
When it is politically correct to say "Black Lives Matter" but racist to say "All Lives Matter", something is wrong. And yet as Americans, we have seemingly lost our balls in this regard. No longer do Americans seem to have the courage to stand-up for what is right and join together against the hatred from both sides. What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. We have begun to become a country that is so polarized we barely even listen to the other side, and ignore the actions of those on their own political side whose behavior is as repugnant to American ideals as the very person they have just publicly accused of racism, sexism, or of being a religious bigot. All while proudly and loudly proclaiming they are holding American ideals high.
Whether you call it; deceit, duplicity, or dissimulation, it is all hypocrisy. Right or Left, it doesn't matter, hate speech is hate speech. Saying; "The Jews don't like Farakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that's a good name. Hitler was a very great man" is no different than saying; "The Jews are trying to destroy all other cultures...as a survival mechanism...the only Nazi country in the world is Israel". They are both as bad and both of the men who said those things stand seemingly on the polar opposites of the political spectrum. Both are full of hate, and both should be excised from the support of politicians because of their openly hateful actions and words.
No race is "better" than another, no religion is "better" than another, and no gender is "better" than another. Until we as a Nation remember that again. Or, as a society we quit trying to micromanage the beliefs of its members while neglecting the broader needs of a healthy Nation, we will be lead down the garden path.
One last thing to think about; it has been shown, to those who care to see, that by hypocritically attacking a political opponent for something while neglecting to do the same for a political ally, you have become the protector of that behavior. By being silent about the behavior, you are condoning it.
Much like in the recent months Hollywood has been in an uproar about the sexual harassment of actors by men in power. While more and more women and men begin to step forward and speak of how long they were aware of this behavior, none of them spoke out. That is until it became politically correct to do so. Up until then, they admit they "knew" but kept quiet. By their silence, they consented to allow it to continue. With all the "hashtag"s in Hollywood regarding this issue, there was a lot of silent consent for many years.
As John Kaas said in his column today in the Chicago Tribune; "What we are witnessing is the Balkanizing of the United States." Allowing hate and hypocrisy to divide us and weaken us all. We need to put this shit aside and stand united together as Americans. Equal and unhyphenated. Being united doesn't mean we agree on everything, but that we stand together as equals. Regardless of race, creed, or gender. Perhaps then we can be the Nation that Dr. Martin Luther King saw in his "Dream". Perhaps then we will achieve the true American Dream, and be the Nation that we all deserve to live and die in.
Think about it.
Catch you on the road sometime...