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There Is A Culture War... Against Admitting Hypocrisy

03/11/2007 11:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

hy·poc·ri·sy: a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion.

There is no particular personal characteristic that is kept more at arm's length than one's hypocrisy. It would seem that one might confess to murder before acknowledging hypocrisy in committing the murder.

Claiming that swearing by the temple is nothing, but claiming that swearing by the temple's gold is everything.
Matthew 16-22

Some, especially those who want to be president, will admit to cheating on their wife(s) or serving divorce papers to a cancer-ridden mate while pushing impeachment against a President who was cheating on his wife before they'd admit hypocrisy.

Some, especially others who want to be president, would rather make peace with someone he called one of the "agents of intolerance," before they'd admit hypocrisy

Some, especially those who tell you what virtues you should live by, will gamble away eight million dollars of their family's money before admitting hypocrisy.

Some, especially those with a homosexual daughter, would rather support their boss's pledge not to let her marry the person of her choice, before they would admit hypocrisy.

Some, especially those who are looking out for you and your kids, would rather pay a boatload of money to get out of a sexual harassment lawsuit with a young subordinate before admitting hypocrisy.

Some would rather award Medals of Freedom to those who participated in what destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands before admitting hypocrisy.

Some, especially those who devise a war plan without an exit plan, will admit to sending the army we have rather than the army we'd like into a war without arming them properly before admitting hypocrisy.

Some would rather admit to spying on innocent Americans even after they said it wouldn't happen under the Patriot Act that was supposed to protect those same Americans, before admitting hypocrisy.

Some would rather admit to mistreatment of wounded veterans that they sent into war while blaming others for undermining the troops, before admitting hypocrisy.

It seems that the main attribute of a competent hypocrite is to claim not to be a hypocrite.

Welcome to the Republican Party.