Hypocrisy is something “you know when you see it.”

Wikipedia says:

“Hypocrisy is the practice of engaging in the same behavior or activity for which one criticizes another or the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform. In moral psychology, it is the failure to follow one's own expressed moral rules and principles.”

Hypocrisy as a behavior is not just the property of one party; both Republicans and Democrats practice it.

For eight years Republicans stood in the way of President Obama and his agenda, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who bragged on Dec. 13, 2019, about blocking Obama’s judicial appointments for two years, and then laughing when discussing his party’s success stacking courts with conservative judges years later during the Trump administration.

When the tables turned; McConnell blamed Democrats, repeatedly, for blocking Trump’s agenda. Now, with President Biden in office, the Democrats who blocked Trump are likely to complain themselves.

This is why nothing moves forward in the long term; executive orders move the needle but are as fickle as the person sitting behind the Oval Office desk.

On social media, Trump supporters complain their president never got respect from the left while they disrespect their neighbors by refusing to wear masks during the COVID crisis.

Trumpian chants of “America First” are loud and brazen as those chanters deny fellow citizens access to health care and higher education in what should be a given right of all American citizens.

Claims that our individual freedoms are all being taken away are thunderous. Those same people fight hard against giving women choice when it comes to their own bodies.

Incorporating the mantra of “fake news” or “media mob” or “enemy of the people” whenever something in mainstream media doesn’t fit their thinking, but buying into crazy conspiracy theories (no matter how many times they are disproved or however whacky they are) when it fits their narrative.

Promoting Trump’s “law and order” campaign while encouraging and applauding those rioters in the Capitol with nooses wanting to hang Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Speaking of “law and order,” what about President Trump telling the White Supremacist group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during a debate and later describing QAnon members — many charged with murder, terrorism, kidnapping and now with insurrection at the Capitol — as “people that love our country.”

Here are more hypocrisies:

Hating Antifa and calling them terrorists but thinking QAnon members are patriots.

Complaining Biden wants to kill jobs but against a minimum wage that affords someone working full-time a livable wage. The federal minimum of $7.25 an hour (before taxes) is below poverty level.

Valuing truth but thinking Trump telling 30,000-plus lies is “telling it like it is.”

Not believing Fauci and calling Giuliani a truth-teller.

Facebook posts whining about how Trump has been maligned from day one, then name calling and posting negative stuff about Biden before inauguration.

Telling us all charges against Trump are witch hunts but insisting we prosecute Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton after investigations have been completed or dropped.

Reminding us how crooked the Clintons were with their charity but failing to mention Trump was forced to shutter his, paying a hefty fine.

Describing Trump as a great businessman but neglecting his six bankruptcies and all the workers he stiffed.

Demanding truth but shutting down anyone (like Mitt Romney or Anthony Fauci) who opposes their narrative.

Taking the moral highroad as a Christian and then ignoring the Bible’s teaching about loving your neighbor even when they believe differently than you do.

Wanting repeal of the Affordable Care Act while Jesus’s mission included setting up health clinics and not charging the lepers.

Being condescending and rude as they accuse you of being set in your ways and never considering their point of view.

Calling you a sheep as they blindly accept much of what Trump tweets them.

Protesting censorship but not valuing facts.

Denying Russian and foreign interference in 2016 when their guy won but still thinking the 2020 election rigged even after 60-plus lawsuits were thrown out and three times the Supreme Court ruled no widespread fraud claims credible.

Last week, after another complaint from my friend on Facebook that our newspapers don’t report anything positive about Trump, I offered him this space. No follow-up. Not the first time. Easier to complain and be a hypocrite than to do something.

We all need to look at ourselves and stop.

A joke has two men sitting in a bar. One of them, looking out across the way at two guys looking old, disheveled and drunk, says to his buddy, “We better be careful, someday that will be us.” The other fellow looks at him, tilts his head and says, “That’s a mirror, you idiot, that’s us you’re looking at.”


“Our nation is shaped by the constant battle between our better angels and our darkest impulses. It is time for our better angels to prevail.” — Joe Biden, 46th president of the United States (b. 1942)