Hypocrisy Does Not Deserve Praise!

Two things from the aftermath of the Capitol riots by ignorant mobs, aka domestic terrorists on Wednesday bear reflection …

Hypocrisy does not earn praise, in my book

Over the past 36 hours, a number of members of Congress, White House staffers, and Cabinet members have either spoken out against what Trump did on Wednesday, or in some cases have resigned their positions in the Trump administration.  There are people who think they deserve high praise for finally, after four years, finding their conscience.  I beg to differ, for these same people threw their lot in with Trump and many have been enabling him and his crooked endeavours for four years now.

So no, one right does not erase four years’ worth of near-daily wrongs.  Sorry, but these guys don’t get a pass, and in fact, part of the blame for Wednesday’s fiasco lies on their shoulders.

ryan-mcconnellSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday urged members of Congress not to contest the electoral votes, as some planned to do.  And at the end of the day, he denounced the violence that had been ongoing for much of the day, saying …

“They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed. This failed insurrection only proves how crucial the task before us is for our republic. Now we’re going to finish exactly what we started. We’ll complete the process the right way, by the book, we’ll follow our precedents and our laws, and our constitution to the letter. And we will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential election.”

EXCUSE ME, but to praise or even forgive Mitch McConnell for his role in the lead-up to Wednesday’s attack is impossible.  His is the ultimate hypocrisy, for on February 6, 2020, Mitch McConnell had the chance to ensure that the events of Wednesday would never have happened.  Instead, he chose to lick Trump’s boots, held a sham of an impeachment trial, not even allowing lawmakers to review the evidence in the case, but merely insisted that the Republican-majority Senate vote to acquit Trump.  Mitch McConnell must share in the blame for what has happened, for he is one of the few who could have almost single-handedly stopped it before it ever happened.

mike-penceAnd Mike Pence … there is some sympathy for Mike Pence.  He refused Trump’s request to basically install a dictatorship by shredding the Constitution and tossing out the legitimate votes for Joe Biden.  Yes, I’m glad he for once found a pair of cojones and stood up to Trump, and yes, I realize he is paying a price now, but DAMMIT … it’s much too little, far too late.  No, I have no praise for Mike Pence, for this is the first time since January 20, 2017 that Mike Pence has shown one bit of conscience or courage.

barr-stupid-2Then there’s William Barr who must surely share a portion of the blame, for it was he who in early 2019 essentially said that a sitting president is above the law, thus putting paid to any attempt to prosecute Trump for the many times he abused the power of his office and obstructed justice.  IF he had not protected Trump for the 22 months he served as Attorney General, it is highly likely that Wednesday’s events would never have occurred.  So yes, Bill Barr helped bring about the deadly fiasco from which we are still reeling.

And then there are the rats deserting a sinking ship, leaving their positions in Trump’s administration a full 13 days before they would have lost their job anyway …

Take, for example, Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced her resignation, effective next Monday, saying the terrorist attacks on the Capitol on Wednesday were …

“…  a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the president stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed.  It has deeply troubled me in a way I simply cannot set aside.”

Where has her conscience been for the past four years, as he ordered small children to be taken from their parents and put in cages, as he attempted to take affordable healthcare from every low income family in the nation?  No, sorry Elaine, a day late and a dollar short.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos who has spent four years diverting funds from public to religious schools, and made it harder for women who are sexually abused on college campuses to bring charges against their abusers, has also resigned her position, claiming in a letter to Trump …

“That behavior was unconscionable for our country. There is no mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, and it is the inflection point for me.”

No, Betsy … you’ve licked his boots and enabled him for four years … you don’t get high fives now.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former acting chief of staff, resigned as special envoy to Northern Ireland on Thursday, saying …

“I can’t stay here, not after yesterday. You can’t look at that yesterday and think I want to be a part of that in any way, shape or form.”

Gee, Mick … a conscience?  Where was it in 2017 when you attempted to convince Trump to cut Social Security and Medicare?  Where was it in 2015 when you allowed a government shutdown simply because the proposed spending bill included funding for women’s health?  Oh no, you are not a good man, a man of conscience.

Keep in mind, also, that these people would be out on January 20th anyway, so they are leaving less than two weeks early, and no doubt already have plans made for whatever comes next.  Plus, none of them needs the paycheck, to put it mildly.

It is said that a leopard doesn’t change his spots …

Yesterday, Trump said, in a video which I will not watch …

“A new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.  My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

Don’t believe it for a minute, folks, because just 24 hours prior to that, he incited the violence we saw on Wednesday with quite the opposite message …

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen by emboldened radical left Democrats which is what they are doing and stolen by the fake news media. That’s what they’ve done and what they’re doing. We will never give up, we will never concede. You never concede when there is theft involved.” 

Are those the words of a person who seeks healing and reconciliation?  I think not.  There is not a snowball’s chance in hell that he has done a 180° turnaround in just 24 hours.  No, his declaration that he would ensure a smooth transition of power is a pure falsehood, he does not mean those words, but was likely coerced to say them by whatever staffers and advisors remain in his employ.  They are intended to mollify those of us who would just as soon see Trump taken to a cliff and thrown off.  He wants us to become complacent.  Well don’t.  Don’t turn your back on him, for he is even more dangerous than a rabid dog.

twitterI understand that Twitter has restored Trump’s account after a 12-hour ban.  They should not have.  They should have decided as Facebook did, to keep his account closed until after he leaves office, at least, for this is his means of communication with the ignorant masses such as those who rioted and pillaged on Wednesday.  Take away his tweety-machine, for Pete’s sake!  Don’t let him air his grievances to thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of people who aren’t intelligent enough to see his lies!

37 thoughts on “Hypocrisy Does Not Deserve Praise!

  1. why do you not rail against the hypocrisy of democrats like gavin noosome who go to the french laundry while telling the citizens to stay home or the mayor of colorado who traveled for the holidays while telling the people not to do the same, or the congressmen who don’t wear masks in the chamber but insist that we should all wear them? Hipocrasy is not partisan but you make it so by this very post and it’s quite disappointing yet not surprising.
    Here’s another example of the hipocrasy.
    My twitter account was suspended because I wrote that Nancy Pilosi was a communist bimbo and though I could have been a bit more eloquent aobut it and omitted the word bimbo, they said that the reason for the suspension was because that was violent speech.
    Now I ask you, how is calling someone a communist violent? How does it insight action to desecrate or destroy?
    Celebrities like Kathy Griffan can post a picture of a decipated trump under the guise of art but when i make a simple statement I get suspended.
    This is what I’m talking about, I am sick of the hipocrasy in this horrible world from the elitists to the ordinary citizen, it sickens me and some days, I can not wait until I am no longer a member of such a horrible biological species as we have become.


    • I don’t know where you get your information, Scott, but even if all you say is true, Gavin Newsome and all the others to whom you refer did not storm the Capitol building on Wednesday, are not responsible for the loss of life and property damage that OUR tax dollars will pay to replace, and they are NOT attempting to destroy the very foundations of this nation! Donald Trump and his terrorist followers are attempting to do just that, and have been enabled for four years by the people I called out in this post. You’re not even thinking clearly, Scott! You need help.


      • as far as noosome, if you look, you can find photos of him eating at the french laundry, not obeying the dictates, oh sorry, suggested guidelines, of social distancing, etc.

        As for the capitol incident, it is reprehensible that people entered the building and vandalized property and that people were needlessly killed and trump’s son was an idiot for publicly saying “We’re coming for you” at a rally knowing full well that this would be interpreted as a direct call to violence or at least taken at face value as a direct threat, neither of which should be taken lightly in the current hair trigger society in which we live.

        Why do I “need help?” is it because I look at different news sources than the mainstream media, is it because I have differing ideas on some things, or maybe it’s that I try to call out all hipocrasy, not just that which suits a prefered narrative that reinforces a particular world view that I may have?

        If it has to do with the last line of no longer wanting to be a part of humanity, I seem to remember instances when you yourself said similar things so it can’t be that.


  2. Jill, I agree with your assessment of these complicit individuals. I am, however, impressed that Betsy Devos used the word unconscionable correctly. The only thing that might cause a change, probably temporary, in people like McConnell and others in Congress is the fact that they were the targets of this violence and that threat has a way of making people like politicians change their thinking to protect their own skin. What scares me is, as I watch the ‘chatter’ on Facebook among those that (amazingly) still support the idiot in chief, this was not the end of the violence and they are talking about planned events yet to come. I saw one chilling post that said, “If you don’t know how to shoot, you better learn quickly”. This wasn’t from a Proud Boy or some other group. It was from one of my neighbors.

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    • Heh heh … somebody else probably wrote Betsy’s statement for her! Yeah, I think the direct, personal threat played a role, but in large part I think they are scared about their own political futures. No, Don, this was definitely not the end, for the terrorists are planning an even bigger attack on inauguration day, January 20th. If our law enforcement is no better prepared then than they were on Wednesday, we are likely to see bloodshed in the streets, and possibly among the participants of the inaugural proceedings. This MUST be stopped! They are a frightening bunch, a terrorist gang or ignorant people who have no idea what they’re doing … they aren’t the leaders, but only the followers.

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  3. I am still shaking my head in bumfuzzlement over miss Betsy’s inflection point…for as far as I remember from high school MATH, it is a point of a curve at which a change in the direction of curvature occurs. now, what in the name of all thing Holy does she mean by that exactly? or is it just her private education showing?


  4. Jill, well said. There is a huge difference courage and expedience. Courage is diplomats and senior staff testifying under oath about concerns over the president’s actions knowing they would lose their jobs – but they did it anyway. John Bolton talks tough now, but the courageous thing to do would have been to support the stories of these people then not just now.

    The GOP leaders who rightfully are aghast at the outgoing president inciting and promoting violence, should have forcefully spoken up a long time ago, but clearly when Trump kept denigrating the election process. I read today that 45% of Republicans support the run on the Capitol Building. Think about that. 45% support lawlessness and have bought into the conspiracy BS propogated by the deceitful acting president. That is inexcusable. Keith

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    • PS – While I am not a fan of Mike Pence, especially with opportunity to end the Trump presidency before it started when he briefly resigned from the campaign after the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced, this week was his finest hour. He finally remembered that oath to the constitution and stood up against the corrupt president. Keith

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  5. “Hypocrisy is the audacity to preach integrity from a den of corruption.” – Wes Fowler. Trump and his puppets make that den overcrowded! Thank-you!

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    • What a perfect quote! Thank YOU, my friend, and it’s great to see you. I owe you an email or two … been a tough week, but I hope to email you this weekend, for sure. Love you!


  6. Well, what a rogues gallery and a more self-serving lot you couldn’t find.If everyone is capable of a little evil I think this bunch got our share and more. If self-interest was a crime they’d never be out of chokey.

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  7. Weasel words, from a bunch of weasels trying to protect their own futures – as they have always done. There is no way that Trump wrote or believes that speech, and he will very soon revert to type. I’m amazed that Twitter restored his platform – that just confirms their complicity in enabling him. As for the hundreds of thousands – I think they number 74m.

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    • As I’m sure you know by now, he did indeed revert to form, but Twitter has now banned him for life! Facebook is considering doing the same. Too little too late, but still a start. Yep, 74 million damn fools, nearly half of this country. I find myself looking warily at people I see in the grocery store on the rare occasions I set foot in one these days. This is not how it should be!

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      • The fools are not only in America, so you best up your tally. I don’t know about elsewhere, but in some Canadian cities, particularly Red Deer, Alberta, the goons were out parading TRUMP WON signs, and confederate flags, and such. Obviously their are fools everywhere.
        What is it Trumpelstiltorangeskin has that commands such blind loyalty, or are these people going to give that loyalty to any penny dictator that comes along.
        In the light of Alberta’s Vacationgate fiasco, which Jason Kenney first said needed no retribution, his political rating fell to close to 25% of the population. He was forced to take action and strip them of their legislative powers, though he did it grudgingly. Now people are calling for his resignation. Like Trump, I doubt he will oblige, nor will he call an early election. He is in love with power, and he is completely corrupted.

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        • Good grief. Why would people in Alberta defend the monster south of the border??? What he has, I think, that commands such loyalty is his white supremacy, his racism, his promise to “make America white and male-dominated again”.

          They are calling for Kenney to resign? Have they finally opened their eyes? No, he likely won’t resign, but he is also unlikely to win another election … unless … well, people do have short memories. Sigh.


          • Any conscientious politician would resign, or at least call an election,when their public approval rating fell from 62% to 27% in a matter of months. But people like Kenny and Trump have no consciences, they want power for powers sake, and refuse to give it up even when they are not wanted anymore.
            Unfortunately, Trump’s approval rating is still high, just not high enough. He lost the election, but not by much. After four years of his bullshit, he shouldn’t have 10% of the electorate on his side, let alone 46%, or whatever his final rating was. There are altogether too many imbeciles in this world. This is why change is like walking through quicksand.

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            • Keyword there is ‘conscientious’ … we seem not to have a lot of politicians who have consciences. I’m not surprised that Kenney’s approval rating has waned, but you guys will have to vote him out, for like Trump, his ego isn’t going to let him believe he isn’t wanted. As for Trump’s approval rating … no, it’s not high — never has been. It’s never, not for one single day, even hit 50%! Right now it’s in the 41% range, which is much higher than he deserves, but still not high by any standards. Like you, I think he should be dragging about in the lower 10%, but he’s got those damned evangelicals pulling for him, because he promised them he’d make this a white, Christian, male-dominated country and they still, fools that they are, believe him. Yep … entirely too many damn fools to suit me. I’ll be happy to see the backside of the human species and go join a wolf pack. 🐺


  8. Wellllll, we could be generous and maybe, maybe believe that they all look a collective look at the events unfolding on Trump’s instigation and said as one ‘My God. What Have I done?’ and are now beginning forgiveness like fury.
    We could be seeing a collective Ass-saving effort.
    Yeah guys. You talked the Talk. Can you walk The Walk? Remember the nations’ full titled is UNITED States of America.
    By their deeds we shall know them

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    • I’m not feeling that generous, so I’ll take the second option. They have enabled Trump for four years, they have protected and coddled him, thus they have helped bring about this moment. Already, some are obstructing justice, refusing to talk about the 25th Amendment, and backing down on their strong condemnation of two days prior. Yep, by their deeds …

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    • You’re so right … the speech was not written by Trump and was likely only a cover, for today I’ve heard it said that what he meant was there would be a peaceful transition from his first term to his second! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      Those who said all the right things were indeed covering their own arses. A single moment of ‘conscience’ cannot erase years, or even decades of lying, cheating, and stealing.

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  9. “You never concede when there is theft involved.” He certainly cannot, for that would meaning admitting he is guilty of probably the biggest theft in the history of the United States of America, for he has stolen it’s dignity. Not to mention billions of dollars of tax payer monies funnelled into his families’ bank accounts, and in particular his own bank account.
    As for the rest of the Orange Clown’s enablers, you can bet, if they still had a year or more of being in power left, they would be manning the Repuglygarbagecan ramparts, rather than becoming rats running from the–hopefully–now sunken ship.
    Mitch McConnell, better known as Moscow Mitch, is shaking in his boots hoping his voters forget the last 8 years of his Senate tyranny, and remember only his most recent anti-Trump declaration. The sad part, that is probably what they will do. Their memories only go back 24 hours, not 96 or so months. (Before that, I never heard of him. You might know better than I how long his form of terrorism has reigned on everyone else’s parade.)

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    • Yes, I’m sure that over the next year we will learn of the many crimes Trump committed while in office that we weren’t aware of, and the stolen tax dollars. And I’m sure Mitchie will come out smelling like a rose, for people have short memories. For today, though, I am just hoping we can survive without further catastrophe for the next 11 days and through Joe Biden’s inauguration. Sigh.


      • Unless Trump is totally cowed, which I doubt, he will still have other tricks up his sleeves. For your sakes, because lately he has only been all about ruling America, I hope he is cowed. He certainly looks like one. (My apologies to cows, who unfortunately have had rebellion bred right out of them.)
        I remember, back in the early 60s, before I left home, we lived one forest away from Winnipeg’s meat packing industrial site, the Canadian version of Chicago, I guess. Every two or three months a cow would somehow escape from the packing plant, and inevitably it would make it through the forest, and into our yard, then through our fence, on its hopeful way to freedom. Eventually the men on horses learned, and when a cow escaped from the killing line, they headed straight for our yard, and the cows unwittingly ran right into their clutches. To me, these cows were rebels, trying to escape from the men who would murder them. But, I guess, either there stopped being rebels, or the men just learned how to stop them from escaping.
        Trump has been escaping (justice) for years, but he never took the same trail twice, though there was a pattern to his freedom runs. Wednesday he finally got caught. Hopefully he will never escape again.
        As for the cows, I hope they still try.


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