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Hypocrisy?

Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

—-Hannah Arendt

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One can’t watch the current political discussion, if that’s what it can be called, taking place in our nation without the word hypocrisy or hypocrite somehow emerging in the  mind.  I’m thinking of those elected officials who have worked for decades in government who now claim that government is, in fact, the problem and that they now have the solutions, even though their past performance shows no indication of any initiative to change anything.  What they were once for they now oppose.

 Each side sees it in the words of the other and those who favor neither political extreme wish only to hear words that are earnest and truthful, or at least truthful in a way that they themselves see as truth.  Unfortunately, truth seems to no longer be an absolute but has become a relative term, with degrees and shades, leaving those who seek some sort of answers to quell their fears and concerns to decipher a melange of facts, truths, half-truths and bald-faced lies.  A ball of confusion that yields nothing but frustration.

I certainly have no answers.  I’m as frustrated as the next person by this currently disjointed and ineffective dialogue and only want clarity.  A delineation of our common goals that we can strive for together, goals that bind us rather than pull us apart.  I don’t think there’s much room for hypocrisy in this effort.

Probably not making much sense or providing any clarity here myself.  Just a little early Sunday morning half-rant.  Hope your day is good.

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