Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

September 2, 2008

Sex, Hypocrisy, Bill Clinton, and Sarah Palin

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:00 pm

It seems that everyone on the left — from bloggers to CNN — are going on and on about the “hypocrisy” of Sarah Palin expressing pro-life values while her daughter was, um, … making a pro-life decision. And, advocating pre-marital abstinence, while her daughter was, likely without her knowledge, not acting according to that standard.

These people do not seem to understand the meaning of the word “hypocrisy.”

It is not hypocritical to “go on and on” about pro-life values and then make a pro-life decision. That is called, acting in accordance with your principles. It is called being consistent. It is the opposite of hypocrisy. It would have been hypocritical to do the opposite.

As for abstinence and hypocrisy: Have YOU ever done anything your parents disagreed with? Does that make your parents hypocrites? Or does that just mean you didn’t do what they wanted you to do?

Seriously.

Now, here’s some real hypocrisy:

  1. Liberals claiming that Bill Clinton’s sexual misdeeds were irrelevant to his qualifications, but Sarah Palin’s daughter’s sexual misdeeds — not even hers, but her daughter’s! — are relevant to her qualifications.
  2. Liberals claiming that Bristol Palin’s misdeeds are the public’s business, but that Al Gore III’s drug and drunk driving convictions are his own private business.
  3. The New York Times‘ long record of ignoring John Edwards’ affair and out-of-wedlock child, but running three front-page stories on the same day about Sarah Palin’s daughter’s out-of-wedlock child. So apparently the NYT’s view is that a candidate’s affair is irrelevant to his qualifications for public office, but the candidate’s child’s affair is relevant. Do they really expect us to believe that? Are they discriminating against women, or against Republicans?
  4. Liberals respecting the privacy of Chelsea Clinton, including her dating habits, but plastering the private life of Bristol Palin all over the front pages.
  5. Liberals claiming women should be able to work outside the home when they have small children, that Sarah Palin shouldn’t be VP because she has young children. And of course, they seem to have missed that from the time her first child was born, Mrs. Palin never had a full-time job outside the home until she was elected governor. Which, they are happy to point out when discussing “experience,” was not all that long ago!
  6. Liberals claiming to be against sexism, yet saying that Sarah Palin shouldn’t be VP because she has young children — but it’s OK for Barack Obama to be President even though he has small children. What do that think, that Michelle Obama should be home with the kids? She’s always had a full-time job before, even with young kids.
  7. … And ignoring the fact that when Joe Biden first became a U.S. Senator, Biden was a single father of two children both under age 4.

Note that when the Republicans are involved, the rules get reversed. Who are the hypocrites now?

19 Responses to “Sex, Hypocrisy, Bill Clinton, and Sarah Palin”

  1. JAG Says:

    Absolutely LOVE this article!!! You nailed it!

  2. Different River Says:

    Thank you!

    –DR

  3. John Savor Says:

    Liberals do not cling to those values as a merit for running for office. But conservatives do. That’s what’s called a hypocrisy, when you defend one position so strongly and screw up what you defend at the same time.

    I always watched sadly as the American conservatives were played into hating Clinton so much for what he had done in his personal life. I wish Bush screwed up one hundred times more than Clinton did in personal life, and again succeeded Clinton one hundred times more in his public service.

  4. merge divide Says:

    Actually Different River, you don’t get it at all. Either you haven’t even read the actual accusations of her opponents, or you are deliberately misrepresenting their case for hypocrisy.

    The critics are not calling Palin a hypocrite for her daughter’s actions. They are calling her a hypocrite because she is running on a plank of “family values” and using her family in an attempt to make political points, but at the same time whining about the coverage of her family. Likeise, any conservative that bemoans the “cruelty” of the questions directed toward Palin’s judgementy is being hypocritical as well. They’ve been pushing the “Moral Majority” crap, and attempting to intrude into the nation’s families for decades. You need to stop drinking the Kool-aid.

  5. Stas Says:

    I applaud her choices. I don’t applaud the fact that she would take that choice out of the hands of other mothers.

  6. Different River Says:

    John & Merge: Did you ever do anything your parents didn’t approve of? Does that make your parents hypocrites? (Not you, them)

    If you fail to live up to, or disagree with, their standards, that’s not hypocrisy on their part.

    –DR

  7. Shai Says:

    AWESOME ARTICLE WITH AWESOME POINTS.
    I wish I could go to these liberals and smash these claims in their faces, maybe something can make it into their brains.
    Let me fuel-up this mixture:
    * Talking about liberals, who are often represented by Hollywood’s celebrities, where SEX & DIVORCE are their middle name… why don’t they look themselves at their golden mirrors and ask themselves who THEY are and what THEIR values are (if they have any…)
    What, is a 17 year old getting pregnant, as a consequence of a teenager mistake, so rare in this country? – it happens a million times more in the liberal world than any other group!
    BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY – JUST LOOK ON HOW CALMLY THE PALIN FAMILY IS HANDING ALL THESE MEDIA NONSENSES, LETTING THEM PUKE IN THEIR OWN PLATE.
    I HAVE A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR THE LEFTIST MEDIA: ONCE SARA’S DAUGHTER AND HER BOYFRIEND GET MARRIED AND RAISE THEIR CHILD LIKE A GOOD FAMILY SHOULD RAISE A CHILD, THIS WHOLE “SCOOP” WILL BE GONE!… WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO HANG ONTO THEN? WON’T YOU REALIZE THAT YOU WERE JUST PLAIN STUPID, LOOKING BACK?
    ON THE OTHER HAND I AM GLAD THIS IS ALL HAPPENING, BECAUSE IT WILL WAKE UP THE COMMON SENSE IN MANY AMERICANS, WHO WILL THEN BE HIT BY ALL OF THIS, AND SAY “THIS MEDIA IS ALL BULLSHIT, LOOK HOW THEY ARE ATTRACTED TO OBAMA, WHO HAS BY NO MEANS, NO DIRECTION, NO AGENDA, A CHEAP MANIPULATOR THAT MANEUVERS BETWEEN WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT LIKE TO HEAR BUT HAS ABSOLUTELY NO CONTENTS BEHIND HIM. ON THE OTHER HAND, LOOK AT MCCAIN & PALIN – A CAN-DO KNOCKOUT TEAM!!!”
    I AM GOING FOR MCCAIN & PALIN!!!!!
    GOD BLESS!

  8. Not You Says:

    I don’t think you understand what you’re saying in this article at all. No
    official Democrat has accused Palin of hypocrisy because of her daughter in
    fact the campaign immediately came out and said families were off limits. It’s
    more hypocritic that Republicans feel like it’s okay to attack the wife of
    Obama but to say anything negative at all about Palin’s family is blasphemy.
    You once again misinterpreted the statements of the above. The readers who
    commented said nothing about Bristol’s actions being hypocritical just that
    the mother uses her family for political benefits. What’s more hypocritical is
    you. You think it’s fine to attack Clinton and Gore for their actions outside
    politics but then you say it’s unfair for the Democrats to do the same. No
    one likes to be attacked. Democrats will always attack Republicans and Republicans
    will always attack Democrats. It’s a way of life. But don’t call Democrats hypocritical
    when you and other Republicans do the exact same thing every single day.

  9. Elle Says:

    Hipocracy at its finest! What we have here as it pertains to Palin is “panic” on the part of liberals. They thought they had this election sewed up. Now that their world has been shaken by Hurricane Sara, the only thing they know how to do is try to destroy her with personal attacks (it’s what they’re best at). They did the same to Hillary (Obama’s people); why would anyone be surprised by how the liberals are treating Palin? Her approval ratings are higher than both presidential candidates.

  10. Dave Says:

    I’m a liberal, but I don’t see the point of bringing Palin’s daughter into the political debate. I wish everyone would just ignore this as it is a private matter for her family. Hopefully, she will have a healthy baby and be given some privacy. It is hard enough for a young couple to raise a baby, let alone to do so with the thousand megawatt glare of the media. I don’t know why we can’t focus on the issues. I’m not crazy about Palin as a VP pick, but it has nothing to do with her family – actually, I think her family reflects well on her and my disagreements with Palin are around policy viewpoints.

  11. Mary Says:

    It is not Palin’s daughter’s actions that are at issue, it is the right wing, evangelical Christian, family values republican platform that is at issue. I don’t care one iota about Palin’s daughter becoming pregnant. What I find interesting about the fact however is that Palin continues to preach abstinence only sex “education” in school, despite a very real and very personal example of the obvious fact that such “education” is not effective. In the past, the evangelical family values set has declared vehemently that abstinence-only sex-ed only fails because of poor parenting and poor family values. Karl Rove went so far as to call parents of pregnant teens are “pin heads.” And here we get back to the hypocrisy: after Palin was added to the ticket, the Republicans changed their tune. After decades of find it to be their moral duty to paint scarlet letters on every “liberal” public personality, suddenly they want privacy. Do you still advocate for this kind of privacy for same sex couples? No, of course not. And that, my friends, is hypocrisy. For a more illustrative example of Republican hypocrisy, check out this little gem:
    http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=184086&title=sarah

  12. kim Says:

    Your absolutely right about Governor Palin not being a hypocrite. For goodness sake though, leave President Clinotn alone.

  13. CB Dean Says:

    If Sarah Palin presents herself to the country as a Hockey Mom, I’ll regard her as a mother and from where I sit, she is a reckless one at that. She didn’t give her daughter adequate information to prevent pregnancy. She is the one who allowed her daughter’s private affairs to become front page news because Palin, herself chose to serve “Country First”. I don’t think she even asked her kids’ opinion about her running for office or a potential move to DC. As for how the other candidates care for their children, early on Obama explained that his daughters’ welfare comes first. His mother-in-law has always been their caregiver while the parents worked. That’s what family values look like. Biden took the train home to his young children every night when he was in Washington. That’s what family values look like. McCain left his first wife. Do you call that family values? Palin and her husband are on the campaign trail while their little girls to try to cope with understanding their sister’s pregnancy, their baby brother’s special needs, and their older brother’s departure for a war zone. Family values? No. Reckless? Definitely.

  14. Charles Nickalopoulos Says:

    A lot of people feel that Obama would be more like Carter as president. It seems as if he probably will, (if he gets elected) but we did survive Carter’s administration, so we would probably survive a Obama presidential administration.

    Of course no one should believe Obama is going to come up with all money to work all these miracles, but how many politicians do?

  15. nina Says:

    lets be honest, her daughter being pregnant just goes to show that preaching abstinence is not what works. maybe if she let her sexually active daughter use birth control, she wouldnt be a teenage mother.

  16. Different River Says:

    It doesn’t show that “preaching abstinence is not what works.” It shows that it doesn’t work 100% of the time. Which is, of course, also true about “traditional” sex education.

    Which, of course, is what Bristol Palin received in the public schools she attended.

    If anything, what this shows is that tradition sex education (“Do it, just use birth control”) can overcome parental advocacy of abstinence … and then fail to prevent pregnancy anyway.

  17. Bill Johnson Says:

    Why shouldn’t Mr. Obama take money from the greedy rich people, and give to the poor? Haven’t the rich had it long enough?

    Even though I may have had to borrow someone’s computer to post this, that does not make me any less better than anyone else.

    The money Obama gives to the poor, will be spent, and that will help businesses.

  18. Different River Says:

    Bill: What has this got to do with the post? What does it matter whose computer you used?

    And, how do you know how long the rich have been rich, or how they got rich?

    Sure, if Obama gives money to the poor they will spend it, but when “the greedy rich people” see the new tax policy, they might not be so keen on making so much money, so the amount they spend will drop by more than the amount “the poor” receive.

    And when “the rich” spend their money, they are usually buying things from non-rich people. Those non-rich people could lose their jobs and become poor. It has happened before — in 1990, Congress imposed a tax on luxury yachts. After all, if you can afford to buy a million dollar yacht, you can afford to pay more taxes, right? Well, it turns out if you can afford to buy a million dollar yacht, you can also afford not to buy a yacht — and thousands of working-class yacht builders lost their jobs. It was the working class, not “the rich,” that demanded this tax be repealed, and it was.

  19. Charles Nickalopoulos Says:

    Regarding Bill Johnson’s comment; it is just not that simple. Whenever the government “gives” you a handout, it is like they own part of you. Having your hand out for something free, soon becomes a habit, that is hard to break.

    I am suspicious of all that Obama is promising to do, and if anyone will think about it, it seems to good to be true. It sounds too much like Carter’s promises.

    Some of the Carter supporters were portraying Carter as Jesus Christ, and even made pictures of Carter with a beard. I do not feel it is necessary to say why James Carter only served one term.

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