The Hypocritical Politics of Moralizing

The New York Times has a superb editorial today about how Republican politicians destroy their own campaigns when their constant pious moralizing at the American public meets up with their own personal behavior. The prime example of that in this campaign is, of course, Newt Gingrich, who continues to insist on imposing a code of morality on the entire country that he refuses to adhere to, himself.

That’s the real point, here. The fact that Gingrich asserts that American children are “morally adrift” because the government cannot force them to submit to public prayer in their classrooms becomes even more outrageous given that Gingrich himself has been “morally adrift” throughout his own personal life.

But Gingrich is not the only example of such hypocrisy, albeit he is the most egregious. Even Rick “sanctimonious” Santorum and his wife were willing for Karen Santorum to have an abortion when it seemed necessary to save Karen Santorum’s life (although it ultimately proved not to be necessary). And Karen Santorum’s “pro-life” beliefs have apparently not always been so fervent.

Which brings us back to the Times editorial, and this paragraph in particular:

For too many Republicans, it’s not enough that Americans are free to pray in the house of worship of their choice; they want all children to be required to pray in school. They want to impose their own ideas about sexuality and abortion on everyone. And they love to accuse Democrats of being insufficiently pious.

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2 responses to “The Hypocritical Politics of Moralizing

  1. Reblogged this on Psilomelane and commented:
    “But Gingrich is not the only example of such hypocrisy, albeit he is the most egregious. Even Rick ‘sanctimonious’ Santorum and his wife were willing for Karen Santorum to have an abortion when it seemed necessary to save Karen Santorum’s life (although it ultimately proved not to be necessary). And Karen Santorum’s ‘pro-life’ beliefs have apparently not always been so fervent.”

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