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My Turn: America’s shameless hypocrites are at it again

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Yeah . . . the shameless hypocrites are at it again.
I’m talking about the politicians who, like thieves caught on tape yet deny guilt, are not at all embarrassed by their own stunning hypocrisy . . . the politicos who came scurrying out of the shadows, desperately seeking one more moment in front of cameras and microphones, to somberly praise a great man who worked and sacrificed for a lifetime to make the world a better place for all.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s office released the following statement: “Nelson Mandela was an unrelenting voice for democracy and his ‘long walk to freedom’ showed an enduring faith in God and respect for human dignity. His perseverance in fighting the apartheid system will continue to inspire future generations. Mandela led his countrymen through times of epic change with a quiet moral authority that directed his own path from prisoner to president.”
Boehner, a driving force behind cutting billions of dollars from anti-poverty programs, was talking about a man who said, “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”
Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a staunch supporter of President George W. Bush’s war on Iraq, who voted to declare Iraq as part of the war on terror with no exit date, said, “The world has lost an exceptional leader who made the world a better place.”
Cantor was talking about a man who opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and who said, “What I am condemning is that one power, with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.”
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office issued the following statement, “The world mourns this great leader. May his passing lead to a deeper commitment to reconciliation around the world.”
McConnell, who just last month proposed an anti-union amendment to workplace discrimination legislation, was talking about a man who, when speaking to a group of Detroit auto workers, said, “Sisters and brothers, friends and comrades, the man who is speaking is not a stranger here. The man who is speaking is a member of the UAW. I am your flesh and blood.”
I am grateful for Boehner, Cantor, and McConnell because they are poster boys for the single greatest problem with America: we keep electing and re-electing politicians who stand for nothing but their own political agendas.
Don’t we?

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