Hypocrisy: “The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case.” – Oxford English Dictionary
Senator Pat Toomey, from his own website: (https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=issue&id=33)
“Senator Toomey believes that the family is the basic building block for society.”
“Senator Toomey is pro-life and believes that all children should be welcomed into the world and protected by its laws”
“Senator Toomey understands that when a child is victimized, it is imperative that the child receives the best medical and emotional care possible.”
Well thank goodness he’s got such strong opinions on the issue child safety. He’s swiftly taken action to respond to the fact that, on June 15, 2018, the DHS confirmed the separation of 1995 children from 1940 adults, between April 19 and May 31.
Why, I read his weekly email about Washington, on this exact topic, and found that he and his staff have written…
(I read it twice to be sure)
But he’s spoken to the press, for sure. I mean, such a proud, outspoken sponsor of the rights of children. I found his full response to these incarcerations here, after an extensive web search:
Okay, so maybe it’s unfair to hold him to the same standards on childcare for foreign kids as he has for domestic ones. Maybe he what he truly means by “all children” is “all children of people who might vote for me now or sometime in the future.”
But he IS a real keen one on domestic executive policy, especially when it comes to immigration. After all, here is the statement he rushed to put out last time we were discussing Executive Powers regarding immigration, back on Sept 5, 2017 (also on his website: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=news&id=1983)
“President Obama did not have the legal authority to create the DACA program and to ignore enforcement of existing immigration law… Congress needs to pass legislation to accommodate these young people while simultaneously addressing the other challenges within our deeply broken immigration system.”
So, here, of course, he’s standing up to the Trump Administration’s executive overreach, where they declared their own policy of separating children from adults. After all, as Steven Miller says, “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.” So, no need to consult Congress on this topic, according to the Oval Office. But you won’t take that sitting down, right Senator Toomey? Your response?
Oh, wait. There’s a bill pending before the Senate that you refuse to sign? Why?
Because hypocrite seems to be the defining adjective for today’s Republican Senators. It’s certainly and clearly the best term to use for Mr. Toomey.
A French philosopher named Francois de La Rouchefoucauld once said, “Hypocrisy is a tribute vice pays to virtue.”
When you make a show of your virtues, but only behave virtuously when it suits your agenda, all your supposed fine and noble qualities are revealed as simple self-service. If you claim to care for children, or that you believe in a certain method of governing, but only act on these issues when it serves your agenda, you are a hypocrite, draping yourself in robes of virtue, while living a life of vice. You can dress your actions up any way you want to, but anyone with a search engine and a mind of their own knows the truth – the things you say are just a lie, masking your true beliefs. You don’t believe all children should be welcomed and protected. You don’t believe Presidents do not have the right take such executive actions. You only believe in getting re-elected, laying low when it’s dangerous, and hiding behind your party and your cowardice.
You want to be an uncaring, self-serving, power-hungry vote-snatcher? Go for it. But own it. Your hypocrisy makes me sick.