Hypocrisy is the necessary burden of villainy. –Rambler.

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue. –La Rochefoucauld

The dictionary Defines it as:
The act or practice of a hypocrite; a feigning to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel; a dissimulation, or a concealment of one’s real character, disposition, or motives; especially, the assuming of false appearance of virtue or religion; a simulation of goodness.

As I sit here listening to the radio talk show hosts and the rest of the political pundits wallowing in the aftermath of the third (and final, thank God) debate, I can’t help but to shake my head and wonder where the substance has gone in the American Polity.

The big issue is John kerry bringing up the fact that Dick Cheney’s daughter is gay. The right wing supporters say it was a low blow.

Dick Cheney said
“You saw a man who will do and say anything to get elected, and I am not just speaking as a father here, although I am a pretty angry father.”

Lynne Cheney said:
“Now, you know, I did have a chance to assess John Kerry once more and now the only thing I could conclude: This is not a good man. Of course, I am speaking as a mom, and a pretty indignant mom. This is not a good man. What a cheap and tawdry political trick.”

Elizabeth Edward’s said:

” the Cheney’s were ashamed of their lesbian daughter. “

And Kerry Himself reclarified stating:

“I love my daughters. They love their daughter. I was trying to say something positive about the way strong families deal with this issue.”

Now I know why Kerry did it and so do you, he mentioned the fact that Dick and Lynne Cheney had a lesbian daughter in an attempt to drive a wedge between Bush and his hard-core Christian conservative supporters.

But it really does bring up a very valid issue. The Republicans are dead set against homosexuality, so much so they made a lot of noise about a constitutional amendment outlawing same sex marriages. It will never happen, but if they had their way it would. Hell John Ashcroft, given his way would have the Cheney’s daughter incarcerated for it. Now ask yourself why it is that they even care? Why is this even an issue? The reason is simple, the religious right which Cheney, Bush and Ashcroft are so beholden to thinks its a SIN. God forbid (pardon the pun) that anyone actually be allowed to make up his or her own mind about this. For them the bible says it so they believe it. But this country is not a theocracy, our laws are not based on biblical law but on the ideology that you have certain “inalienable rights” and that they may not be transgressed. Sure there are laws against murder and the bible clearly states “Thou shalt not kill”, unless of course its in the name of Jesus or God or apparently oil, but I digress. You have a right to your life, that is one of those “inalienable rights” so that law isn’t biblically based.

The point that should be apparent here is the hypocrisy of the Republicans in this issue. They want to ban homosexuality but bringing up the fact that the Vice President’s own daughter is homosexual is a low blow? Sure it may lack a certain amount of tact but I think it drives home a point, and a damn good one at that.

Interesting that everyone made a lot of noise about this but apparently Vice President Cheney’s Daughter, who deserves to be heard more than anyone else, hasn’t said anything…Maybe it is she who is ashamed.

Ashamed of her parents.

That’s the way I see it

Mike South



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