Just some thoughts::
“The practice of claiming to have moral standards or
beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform.”
There is an old country song that Bobby Bare once made popular with the line, “Nashville is rough on the living but they sure speak well of the dead.”
As I watched and read of Senator John McCain’s recent passing and watching speakers at his services the word hypocrisy came to my mind. First of all I for one strongly disagree with President Trump, for me McClain was a hero, and worth of respect from our society.
I also found it interesting (and sad) that in 2008 when McCain was running for President how a Congressman from another political party (John Lewis) invoked Alabama racist George Wallace in talking about McCain and his running mate. McCain was called a racist without basis, simply because it could be politically expedient to another party.
*New York Times ran an unsubstantiated claim that McCain was having an affair with a female lobbyist. A year later–yes a year later after election–they disavowed the story. Upon McCain’s death the paper wrote a rather positive/ glowing piece on McCain.
* A less than attractive picture by photographer Jill Greenberg to make McCain look bad for The Atlantic magazine to which she bragged about her antics on her blog.
*Another publication The Nation weighed in on McCain’s use of wartime word “gook” as evidence of his racism.
*Madonna would open her concert tour by calling McCain Hitler.
The examples could be more. I watched one well known Senator who had demonized McCain stand before an audience and speak so glowing of McCain’s service to his country and how it was an honor to serve with him.
It is said that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. Sadly I think it was well on display at the passing of John McCain.
To quote David French:”The contrast between the outpouring of love for McCain in his last days and the astonishing vitriol directed at him in 2000 and 2008 demonstrates once again how disingenuous, low and cheap American politics were well before Trump came on the scene.”
His picture was in all of the papers They said that a legend had passed
The late evenin’ news did a special report
And swore that his memory would last
At the funeral somebody recited a poem
That told how he suffered and bled
Nashville is rough on the livin’/ But she really speaks well of the dead
I think this is one of the reasons many people today are so turned off by politics. One word: hypocrisy.
September 12, 2018
Larry Adamson ‘
Posted September 24, 2018