Acting or saying one way then behaving another is textbook hypocrisy.

Do they recognize the “two face” behavior within themselves?

More importantly, do others recognize it when they see it?

In today’s world, it seems hypocrisy is not recognizable when the people doing it are on our team. This is called “partisan politics”.

I have a perfect example. I was having a conversation with a friend during the 2016 election cycle. They are Republican and did not want a Hillary Clinton presidency. Their reason? They did not believe in families governing the country.

The irony is Jeb Bush was their candidate of choice. Putting politics aside, using the logic of my friend, another Bush in the White House would have been fine since he was a Republican. All I received in return was a “deer in headlights” look when I explained their hypocrisy.

Now this problem is not exclusive to one particular party. Republicans, the party of family values and Christianity, seem to forget the adage of living in glass houses and throwing stones.

Examples by Elected Officials

Rep. Scott DesJarlais R-TN prides himself on being a family man and a good Christian.

This is what is spelled out on his profile page, and what he sells to the people of Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District. Yet his marriage ended due to infidelity, and he paid his mistress to have an abortion.

Either the voters of Tennessee’s 4th, are ignorant of these facts, or are accepting of his ways. If the latter is true, this is another example of partisan politics on the part of voters. Morals mean nothing.

Sen. Lindsey Graham R-SC, began his political career in the House of Representatives. He was a GOP candidate for President during the 2016 campaign cycle. His character attacks on Donald Trump were unflattering to say the least.

Now, it appears he sold his soul to the Devil.

Graham is one of Trump’s biggest supporters and has reversed course in his rhetoric to the press about him. Notwithstanding, Graham supported Mitch McConnell’s decision regarding Merrick Garland.

I can state with certainty, if a Republican President nominatee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy was blocked by a Democratic Senate, Graham would be leading the charge in the streets with torches and pitchforks.

McConnell is the only Majority Leader to omit this responsibility. Republicans are fine with this dereliction. Partisan politics at work.

Let’s call it what it is

Behavior like this means only one thing. Power is all that matters.

Republicans seek a world where they can dictate their superiority, and damn the people. This does not fulfill the constitutional duties required of Congress.

Article One of the Constitution sets forth the responsibility of Congress is to “enact laws that promote the general health, safety and welfare” of the people, and defend, protect and apply the rules specified within. Actions like that of Leader McConnell clearly show the abdication of those duties.

“My way or the highway,” is the GOP motto. The rule of law means nothing as long as you get what you want. With Trump in the White House, this has become more obvious.

This is one American citizen that refuses to live under such governance.

It is time to “vote them out”!

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Gene Smith

Gene Smith is a Chief Campaign Strategist living in Arizona. He is a Juris Doctor, Democratic Campaign Strategist, Elected Precinct Committee person, and Democratic State Committee Member. Currently, Gene serves on the Environmental Caucus.

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