Hypocrisy: Two Groups Are Regulars And Here Is The Latest

A common theme on Thinking Man’s Politics is that of hypocrisy. Unlike much of today’s political environment, a person who thinks often understand most viewpoints, whether you may agree or not. And someone who thinks, rather than just repeats soundbites, does not always align with one political party. However, one thing that makes no sense but which we come across too often is hypocrisy among the political elites.

Over time, it has become obvious that two groups you can count on for regular contributions to stories of hypocrisy—and there is no doubt that this will get many angry, because they just won’t admit that “their guy” is ever wrong.  Yet the two groups who seem to always rise to the top of the ‘Hypocrisy List’ are governors who ignore their own covid mandates and the Trump family (yes, pretty much the whole clan).

The latest is Lara Trump, daughter-in-law to the former President, who recently appeared as a guest on Fox News talking about the situation in Afghanistan. One commentator mentioned that the Biden Administration was working with the Taliban to secure safe passage for Americans.  Trump jumped in, saying that Biden was negotiating with terrorist and that President Trump would never do that.

Of course, President Trump is the one that actually negotiated the Afghanistan withdrawal agreement with the Taliban and in Sept. 2019 President Trump himself announced that he had plans to meet with the Taliban at Camp David, of all places, until he cancelled it after a Taliban attack on American forces.

Don’t you hate it when history gets in the way of a good tirade?

Dumbest Thing You’ve Heard All Day

If you thought you were having a crazy day, this will probably top whatever you’ve got.

New York City Mayor “Sandanista Bill” de Blasio has a unique approach to battling crime, even among other radicals.

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You Can’t Fix Stupid (continued)

An update to an article on this site from May, Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) is again making himself look silly, to be kind.

You may recall that Clyde had said that the people who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6 where just like “tourists”, who were simply strolling calmly through the building. However, a reporter found a picture of Clyde pushing furniture against the door to barricade the House chamber from the attacking “tourists”.

Yet, earlier this week during a session of Congress, Clyde again claims that the attackers were simply “tourists”, saying that he stood by his earlier statement.

To coin a tagline from a famous comedian, Rep. Clyde “Here’s your sign.”

News Of The Weird: Sidney Powell (Enough Said)

Sidney Powell was one of the more colorful figures in former President Trump’s lawsuits about the election. Powell was part of the Trump’s legal team and, among other things, filed a lawsuit in Michigan alleging voting irregularities in Edison County…but obviously did not check a map before filing because there is no Edison County in Michigan.

Powell is also being sued by Dominion Voting Systems.  Powell had repeatedly claimed that vote counting machines, using software from Dominion, had electronically changed votes cast for Trump to votes for Biden. Dominion is suing Powell for defamation. That case is going before a judge today for a preliminary hearing.

Powell’s defense?  In a motion filed by her legal team in March, Powell and her attorneys argued that the case should be dismissed in part because “no reasonable person” should have believed that her election statements about votes being changed electronically were “truly statements of fact”.

Can We Still Compromise?

The current political environment in the United States is highly partisan, and bitterly so. Social media and gerrymandering to make safe Congressional districts for each party, has given rise to increasingly divided political parties, and an environment where politicians on both sides refuse to compromise at all. These days, even the smallest hint of compromise is attacked and it’s all or nothing.

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Politics 2024: You Heard It Here First

For politicians, it seems like it is never too soon to start talking about the next election and even though the last presidential race was only a few months ago, ambitious politicians are already laying plans for the next one. So, why not be ridiculously early in handicapping some of the figures that could play a role in 2024? Just remember, you heard it here first.

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You Can’t Fix Stupid

As a general rule, one of the hallmarks of Thinking Man’s Politics is that we refrain from name-calling. Aside from being childish, there is no need to degrade someone who disagrees. People can disagree but simply because they disagree does not mean they are bad people or have evil intentions, just a different opinion on how to get what are often common goals.

We make an exception in the case of Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who may be the dumbest of those who hold national office in the US, which is saying something.

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