Saturday, January 17, 2009

Progressive Hypocrites

I don’t know why I am always amazed at progressives’ stunning hypocrisy, but I am. They simply have no shame.

Remember “dissent is patriotic” and “don’t question my patriotism”? It seems that progressives have already forgotten.

How about last September when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House Republicans “unpatriotic” for not attending a meeting concerning Congressional bailouts — never mind that the Republicans were never invited to the meeting!

Last December, Michigan’s Democrat Gov. Jennifer Granholm said any senator voting against an auto industry bailout was “un-American”.

The most recent example of left-wing hypocrisy comes from Hollywood. Actor Tom Hanks says he believes that anyone who contributed money to the Proposition 8 campaign is unpatriotic, “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them.”

But perhaps the winners of the Biggest Hypocrite Award are the backers of something called the “Prop 8 Maps Project.” These people used public finance records and Google Maps to create an online map locating contributors to Prop 8 and listing such information as their names, occupations and amount contributed.

I’ve read arguments in favor of this stating that if a person cares enough about an issue to support it financially, they should do so in public. If there are any consequences of such a disclosure, such as picketing, harassment or boycotts, well, maybe they’ll think twice before supporting an issue again.

I’d take this argument a lot more seriously if the organizers of the Prop 8 Maps Project had not chosen to remain anonymous.

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