“I pray to God that I shall not live one hour after I have thought of using deception.” – Elizabeth I
Scandal is in the eye of the beholder. Well, that’s what the left wants you to believe. When a supposedly free press has completely fallen to the dictates of one side of the political aisle, what defines a political scandal is often dependent upon the little letter next to the name of the politician. If that letter is a D, let’s just turn the other way, but if it’s an R, God help us, because we will hear about it for the next decade. Such is the tale of Congressman Aaron Schock.
Rep. Aaron Schock was, at one time, a rising star in the conservative movement. He was young, articulate, fiery, and above all, seemingly conservative. But rising stars don’t always make it to the top. Aaron Schock’s light attracted too much scrutiny, and now he’s paying the price.
After The Washington Post broke a seeming non-story about Schock’s lavishly redecorated office on Capitol Hill, more outlets began to dig into Schock’s expenses–and it’s not a pretty story.
According to The Associated Press:
“Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors…Beyond air travel, Schock spent thousands more on tickets for concerts, car mileage reimbursements — among the highest in Congress — and took his interns to a sold-out Katy Perry concert in Washington last June.”
And USA Today reports:
“Schock’s office spends more on travel than any other Illinois lawmaker, and his official travel tab is higher than all but a dozen other members of the House. Schock’s expenditures have come under scrutiny since The Washington Post revealed the lavish redecoration of his Capitol Hill office earlier this month.”
The allegations of inappropriate financial conduct–if proven to be true–could not be much worse. As one of the faces of a supposedly fresh conservatism, Schock could not be doing a worse disservice to his fellow GOP colleagues, because the left loves a GOP scandal.
As this story continues to break, it will begin to dominate the mainstream media. As the media toils away, scrutinizing every detail of Aaron Schock’s life, the American people will be treated to a parade of horribles. At the top of every piece will be phrases like “Hypocrite in The GOP,” and “Corruption Among Conservatives.” The media will make endless insinuations not only regarding Schock, but regarding the entire conservative movement. From an isolated scandal, a thick, black line will be drawn, connecting every conservative politician in the country–because that’s how the liberal media machine works.
Those whose brain gears aren’t covered in cobwebs will see this as nothing more than one Congressman who may, or may not have behaved inappropriately. It happens with relative frequency. But for many Americans, these rhetorical phrases, and speculations will be where it all ends. They will hear “Corruption Among Conservatives,” and they will listen to liberal elites’ conjecture, and that will be it. The GOP will be tainted. More specifically, new conservatism will be tainted.
Come 2016, if the blue media can keep this story on life support until then, we will be treated to endless speculation about corruption, all with a knowing wink toward conservatives–because we all know who’s corrupt, right? Those dastardly conservatives! They’re probably all like Aaron Schock.
I can see it now. Some popular liberal face like Rachel Maddow will look into her camera gravely, and say with obnoxious pomposity:
Maddow: “With Aaron Schock under investigation for possible ethics violations, has the new conservative movement taken a fatal hit? Can conservatives recover when one of their brightest young stars has fallen to corruption? If one of the best can fall, what about the other conservative superstars, like Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker? What do you think, (insert liberal talking head)?”
Liberal talking head: “Well, obviously this doesn’t bode well for conservatives. When you project an image of fiscal conservatism, and down-home values, and then one of your rising stars does something like this, it’s just not a good thing. I think this may help Hillary Clinton a lot. When you see corruption in one faction, it’s not hard to imagine it spreading.”
The essence of the media narrative will be a single rhetorical question: “Who else?” And they will speculate, and conjecture their way into projecting any possible corruption on the part of Aaron Schock onto every single other conservative.
Let’s set the record straight. If these allegations turn out to be true, if Rep. Schock has behaved in a corrupt manner, then he should be punished. But one corrupt politician does not impugn an entire movement. And don’t allow the media to dictate that–though they will try with every ounce of strength they have.
As Rush Limbaugh said: “Everything about the left is perception, manipulation, and lies. Everything. Everything is ‘Wag the Dog.’ Everything is a structured deception.”