Hypocrisy hits Cotton while Hillary hucks it up

March 15, 2015
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After watching the events of this past Tuesday I have come to the conclusion that the date of March 10th henceforth be known as National Hypocrites and Hucksters Day.

By the reactions across the news that morning one would have thought that Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and 46 other Republican Senators had hacked our nuclear launch codes and were preparing to send the climate into permanent nuclear winter.

When instead all he had actually done was post to his website an open letter to the Iranian regime regarding our Constitution’s “advise and consent” clause.

The condemnation from the “how dare they” crowd was fierce and in no time the traitor label was launched.

A petition was started on the White House web site demanding prosecution, the hashtag #47traitors went white hot on twitter and one Democrat after another could not find a mic fast enough display their displeasure.

And through it all, not a one of those hyperventilating hypocrites bothered to see the steaming pile of bovine excrement they were standing in.  (Tom Cotton’s post Harvard years were spent fighting for his country, Obama chose to spend his fighting his fellow Americans.)

In 1970, private citizen John Kerry had no problem meeting with representatives of the Viet Cong and by the 80’s graduated to meeting with Nicaraguan communist dictator Daniel Ortega. (In 1987 then House Speaker Jim Wright even brought Ortega to U.S. soil to more personally attack President Reagan.)

In 1983 Ted Kennedy used emissaries to secretly approach Soviet Union in undermining the Reagan foreign policy of the time to help him run against him in the 1984 election.

Senator Dick Durbin is on record comparing Americans to “Nazis and Soviets in their gulags” regarding Guantanamo Bay while his cohort in anti-Americanism Harry Reid was so set on undermining George Bush’s Iraq surge in 2007 that he publicly declared “this war is lost” while American personnel were dying on the battlefield.

Nancy Pelosi’s disrespect ran so deep that she ignored Bush’s foreign policy desire to isolate Syrian dictator Bassar Assad and went to Damascus in 2007 for one on one talks.

And yet Tom Cotton and the signers of ONE letter are traitors?

Conveniently ignored in all the name calling is the fact that had President not chosen to bypass Congress and the Constitution for yet another time, the Cotton letter would have never been written in the first place.

By Tuesday afternoon the hypocrisy was in full view when Hillary Clinton opened her press conference accusing Cotton and crew of either “trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander-in-chief” ignoring that in 2007 her “I applaud Speaker Pelosi” put her firmly in the supporting Congress’ role in foreign policy camp.

And with that the presser transitioned into its stated purpose of addressing why Ms. Clinton ignored the Obama administration directive to use government email for official business and instead chose a private server in her home.

She started with the excuse that she only went private for the “convenience” of having only one phone and then spent the next 20 minutes with the usual “I decided, I’ve complied with all laws, I’ve gone above and beyond” Clinton deflections that have worked so well for her in past scandals.

She also made it clear that the “server will remain private” and would not be made available for independent outside review.

It was professional huckstering at the most proficient of levels.

By the end it all boiled down to one thing: The woman who wanted Richard Nixon impeached from 18 ½ minutes of missing tape, expected the American people to now just “trust her” over 30,000 deleted emails.

Happy 2015 National Day of Hypocrites and Hucksters America. 2016 got it’s work cut out if it plans to top this one.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  A version of this column first appeared in the March 15, 2015 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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