Leftist Hypocrisy and Selective Memory

If you have been surfing the internet or following your Twitter feed lately, you may have noticed a common theme that has arisen from recent events. Namely, the glaring tunnel vision, selective memory, one dimensional thinking, or just plain old hypocrisy (whatever you prefer to call it) from leftists. Like all things that are in plain sight, sometime one doesn’t notice until it is either gone, or reaches critical mass. In this case, let’s call it critical mass.

Therefore, I have decided to catalog some of the more recent examples out of both amusement and pure disgust. I have organized them into “case studies”, however the list is meant to be more representative than comprehensive. So without further ado:

Case 1: The “tolerant” ones wishing a painful death on George H.W. Bush

We are told time and time again that the leftists, as a group, are more inclusive, compassionate, and tolerant than conservatives. However, I suspect that in many of our personal observations it is our leftist friends who are the the angry, prejudiced, intolerant ones (I have an unhinged aunt to attest to this). This contradiction is exemplified by the reaction to President George H.W. Bush’s recent hospitalization. The apalling responses from leftists on Twitter has been immortalized by Twitchy, but I wanted to highlight this one, as the sentiment is even hypocritical in regards to this person’s Twitter “handle”:

It’s hard to imagine a group of “intolerant, bigoted” conservatives tweeting this kind of vitriol if Presidents Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton were seriously ill, but it’s par for the course for the “party of compassion”.

Case 2: We need more gun laws, but let’s break them like a common criminal because it’s easy and in the public interest, therefore we need more laws…or something

Nothing has been more preposterous in the new “national conversation” on guns than when David Gregory violated Washington D.C. laws by bringing a high capacity magazine to the set of Meet The Press last Sunday, ostensibly to make a point to his interviewee (the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre). Immediately, other “journalists” such as Howard Kurtz and Glenn Thrush came rushing to his defense stating the “his motives were pure” and that “it was in the public interest” for him to break the law. As you might expect, Twitchy has it covered.

Case 3: We forgot that President Clinton suggested armed guards at school after Columbine, while we were telling conservatives what a stupid idea it was.

I actually got the idea for this post while reading an entry on this topic over at the Real Science blog.

After Columbine, Bill Clinton proposed using armed policemen to protect schools in the same way that we protect our banks, businesses and neighborhoods. The NRA made the same common sense proposal and were met with screams of derision by nutcases on the left.

I recommend reading the whole thing at the link above; it’s brief but gets right at the heart of the matter: if a leftist proposes an idea, then it must be the greatest thing since sliced bread. If a conservative/Republican proposes the same idea, it’s the dumbest thing in the history of the universe. For example in the eyes of a leftist: Obamacare = good, Romneycare = bad; Armed guards proposed by Clinton = smart solution; armed guards proposed by NRA = stupid idea. I can’t decide if they’re willfully ignorant, or just completely brainwashed. What’s more, it even affects their “leaders”:

Case 3a: We’re never going to vote for that awful legislation you proposed, even though we proposed the exact same thing a few months ago.

Isn’t that right, Nancy Pelosi? As Ed Morrissey observes regarding “Plan B”:

That concept came originally from Democrats and Nancy Pelosi, just a few months ago. Boehner pulled it because he couldn’t get enough votes out of his own caucus to pass it, but had Democrats voted for it, they would have had exactly what Reuters describes, plus a new AMT patch on top of it, with spending cuts addressed separately.

Instead, Pelosi let Boehner twist in the wind, telling reporters that time had somehow expired on a proposal she originated. Pelosi and her caucus were more invested in making Boehner look bad than in protecting taxpayers from the fiscal cliff, and the US economy from recession.

That’s a leftist for you, playing games with peoples’ futures just to score political points, and with a plan that you yourself proposed! I guess nothing is out of bounds for leftists selective memory; their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Again, these are but a few examples meant to illustrate the left’s propensity for double talk and hypocrisy based on recent events; we can all think of many more. What’s your favorite example?

11 thoughts on “Leftist Hypocrisy and Selective Memory

  1. Here’s another one from Ezra Klein – http://cosmoscon.com/2012/12/12/new-leftist-rule/ I call it the Ezra Klein Rule but it could also be called the “Don’t blame me, I’m just a contributor” Rule.

    Hypocrisy is right. It’s par for the course for Leftists. They know it’s impossible to be held to the same rules they try to hold Conservatives to and they have a media who is on their side. It’s up to us to call them on it.

    Great post here, I enjoyed it.

  2. The sheer volume of examples of Leftist Hypocrisy could fill every binder I own…and dozens more. The Statist Left, which LOVES to rant about folks on the Right and our “ideology”, is far, FAR more ideologically-driven than any group in history, with the possible exception of Radical Islam.

    Heck, look no further than Bob Costa’s recent anti-gun pontificating during halftime on Sunday Night Football a couple weeks back.
    Would a Conservative have been able to get away with such a nakedly ideological and subjective rant as that?

    “Rules for thee, but not for me”, obviously.

    Excellent post, CTX.
    Glad you’ve added your voice to this fight.

    • You’re not kidding, JTR. Talking about ideologically driven, I recently stopped by Papa John’s to pick up dinner for my family, because it was right across the street from where I was running some errands. I decided to “check in” with my foursquare app (I usually forget to this). It posts to facebook and twitter, so I figured my wife would see it and not make anything…

      My aforementioned Aunt proceeded to respond to a simple check-in at a pizza joint with a profanity laced tirade against John Schnatter. Lord knows what would have happened if I went to Chick-Fil-A instead. It’s insane,

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