William Hazlitt said: “A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself. He would make a dupe of himself too, if he could.”
The Left is not unfamiliar with hypocrisy; they live and breathe untruths. But one of their greatest cons is pinning upon their opponents what they themselves do. It’s a classic propagandistic move to convince others that it is actually your opponent who practices your own vile tendencies. The best of the best, in terms of recent Democrat hypocrisies, is the “incendiary rhetoric” master con.
In 2011, when Gabriel Giffords was shot by a crazed gunman, the Left and their lovers in the media pounced on prominent Conservatives, specifically Sarah Palin. In 2010, Palin had labeled with crosshairs certain districts which she believed were up for grabs in the upcoming election. Here are a couple of typical quotes from shortly after the shooting:
ABC News: “Facebook executive Randi Zuckerberg said many people on the social networking site are asking whether Sarah Palin is to blame.”
Patricia Cerswell: “She has blood on her hands.”
Rep. Steve Israel: [The shooting is a] “tragic reminder that we cannot remain silent when political rhetoric turns violent.”
Yikes. The Democrats had a new issue-of-the-week: “incendiary rhetoric.” Actually, the campaign lasted much longer. For weeks and even months after the shooting, it seemed that all Liberals could talk about was the wicked Conservatives and their horrible, violent, disgusting rhetoric. Of course, war-based words and phrases have been used in politics since time immemorial, but that didn’t stop the Dems from waging their own war on words.
But here’s the funny part. Throughout all of this, Liberals used the exact same rhetoric that Conservatives used, and then some! In fact, Liberals and Dems use some of the most hateful and aggressive rhetoric. Just within the last two weeks, top Dems have called Republicans “arsonists,” “anarchists,” “terrorists,” and “suicide bombers.” According to Buzzfeed:
“At Thursday’s White House press briefing, Fox News reporter Ed Henry asked Press Secretary Jay Carney if President Obama’s remarks about Republicans ‘holding a gun to the head of the American people’ by threatening a government shutdown were wise given September’s mass shooting at the Naval Yard in Washington, D.C.”
Jay Carney proceeded to explain away the use of gun-based rhetoric, citing Ed Henry’s own usage of similar terms a few weeks prior. But that doesn’t explain anything. I’m sorry, but the attitude of “you did it, so I can too” doesn’t move me when Liberals have been so aggressive in their posturing against “incendiary rhetoric.”
This is just another example of the Left’s ability to say one thing, do another, and blame Republicans for the fallout. If I didn’t know better, I would believe that Democrats actually deceive themselves. But I do know better.