While I rarely comment directly on political matters, every so often the level of hypocrisy and deceit rises so high that my conscience is compelled to weigh in. I recognize that deceit and hypocrisy are not the exclusive domain of any political party (nor indeed of any human enterprise), but in this particular case the liberal Democratic left has plunged far below the normally lax boundaries of acceptability one has for deception and pretense among politicians.
In their desperation to prevent any conservative presidential nominee to the bench of the Supreme Court, liberal politicians began last week to cast dire warnings about the future of our nation should any of President Trump’s “short list” actually be nominated.
Now that Judge Brett Cavanaugh has received the nomination, these dire warnings have become personalized. Democracy for America, a far-left political action committee, quickly declared, following Cavanaugh’s public nomination, that his confirmation would “…directly lead to the deaths of countless women with the dismantling of abortion rights.” Women’s March, a social change movement, released a statement saying, “Trump’s announcement today is a death sentence for thousands of women in the United States.” Democratic congressional hopeful Justin Dewitt issued his unresearched judgment that “…Kavanaugh has sided against the American people time and time again.” Most apocalyptically, however, former VA governor and Democratic heavyweight Terry McAuliffe prophesied, “The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.” Apparently, Democrats want to save the lives of countless Americans, women especially, while Republicans are out to kill as many as possible because of their heartless and evil policies.
I might be willing to give such Democrats the benefit of the doubt as to their sincere desire to save lives, but while they talk in hypotheticals about myriads of back alley abortion deaths (for the future reality of which there is no credible evidence) there are thousands dying right now about whom they have been strangely silent.
So far in 2018 alone, there have been over 6,000 Christians massacred by Muslim Fulani tribesmen and Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. These victims are mostly women, children and the elderly. During the last week of June, in the Plateau state region in the center of the country, 238 Christians were murdered by Muslim marauders. But this loss of life hardly merited a mention in the Western press.
Now. of course, I normally wouldn’t expect American politicians to spend much of their time and energy commenting on atrocities happening around the world. But when they pretend to crusade for the rescue of lives at risk, and to cloak themselves in robes of righteous indignation against those who threaten “countless lives” through the support of a Supreme Court nominee, it seems fair to ask why they haven’t voiced even a squeak of concern over the many lives actually lost in recent months due to unjust persecution.
Certainly for those politicians who value life as sacred, it can’t be that they see American lives as more precious than the lives or Nigerians or other nationalities, can it? Their fervor for the safety of all humans shines clearly in their statements, doesn’t it? Perhaps they feel their voice cannot accomplish any good for those in other countries, so they must resign themselves to the fight in America. But principles are principles. If they really cared about human lives, the least they could do would be to publicly urge our State Department to engage more forcefully with the Nigerian government and the United Nations to protect the peaceful and defenseless Christians against unjust Muslim aggression. But to date, their silence is deafening.
Principles indeed are principles, but apparently in hyper-partisan Washington they only matter when they can be trotted out cynically as weapons against the other party. Otherwise, they remain packed away in the moral attic gathering dust until the next political crisis crops up.
Oh, for the former days of normal hypocrisy and deceit in Washington! It was far easier to swallow than today’s nauseating diet….