My old hobby used to be
politics. Then, being so disgusted with the two-party finger pointing and
endless drivel that comes from the right and left alike, I pulled up my tent
stakes and announced my free agency. But I needed something to fill the
void that I used to use looking for flaws in liberal thinking, and I
may have found it. Hypocrisy. It's everywhere, and it's fun, and its
So I am watching the news a few
weeks ago, minding my own business, when I am hit between the eyes with what we
call a "Whopper". Now I didn't really have my hypocrisy detector in
active scan mode, but this one was like getting hit in the side of the head with
a chunk of wood expelled from the neighbor's lawn mower (trust me, I know what
that feels like).
The topic: Stem Cell Research.
President Bush vetoed a bill that would have allowed Federal Funds to be used in some
stem cell experiments. I don't have strong opinions on the topic of Stem
Cell Research one way or the other, so I am in a wonderful position to evaluate
the situation for hypocrisy.
In a speech after the veto, the
President said "Destroying human life in the
hopes of saving human life is not ethical -- and it is not the only option
BING! My detector goes
off. While I guess I can get behind that
statement in principal, it comes into conflict with a
topic about which I do happen to have strong opinions; the Iraq War. The
United States attacked the sovergn nation of Iraq, removed its leader and
installed a pro-democracy government on the understanding that we have to fight
the terrorist or Bathists or whatever now, so they don't use Weapons of Mass
Destruction against us in the future. So in goes the National Guard and
Reservists by the tens of thousands, being bled to death so we can sleep well at
night... someday... later. Hmmm. Sounds like the President allows
himself the luxury of choosing in which situation it is the morally right thing
to sacrifice human life in the hopes of saving human life later.
You know, on second thought,
maybe this game isn't as much fun as I thought is was going to be.