A Little Hypocrisy Goes A Long Way

“A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

Machiavelli would certainly be proud of the current administration.  Ever since President Bush’s election victory in 2000, Democrats and liberals have accused Republicans of everything from gaming the electoral system to hiding things from the American public. Judging from the rhetoric, it seemed clear that once Democrats gained the majority, they would abandon the guarded and reticent policies of the Bush administration that they so brutally criticized.

After their once bright electoral future crashed down on their heads Democrats must have experienced some memory loss. Since their victory in 2008, the Democrats have used every trick in the book to try to get their way. They’ve also been less than coy about their plans to toss aside the interests of those who elected them. For instance, as many Democratic leaders wondered about how the Massachusetts results would affect their health care plans Nancy Pelosi insisted it would move forward saying ,

“Certainly the dynamic will change depending on what happens in Massachusetts. . . Just the question of how we would proceed. But it doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill . . .Let’s remove all doubt. We will have health care one way or another.”

Rather confident for someone who stands to lose a supermajority (and their ability to filibuster) in the Senate. But can we really put it past them? Just last week, Massachusetts’s top election official announced that it could take weeks to certify the election results in Massachusetts which could give Democrats time to ram health care reform through the conference committee process. The most Machiavellian thing of all: in 2007 Democrats immediately certified the results of a Massachusetts House race so they could override a Bush veto. But wanting to cover all their bases, some Democrats have taken to promoting voter fraud. Liberal pundit and MSNBC contributor Ed Schulz said ,

“If I lived in Massachusetts, I’d try to vote ten times I’d try to vote ten times. I don’t know if they’d let me or not, but I’d try to. Yeah, that’s right, I’d cheat to keep these bastards out. I would. ‘Cause that’s exactly what they are.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of misinformation, a lack transparency, and even subterfuge that has dominated Capitol Hill in recent memory. Democrats’ refusal to allow C-SPAN to cover the negotiations of the health care bill broke a campaign promise that all negotiations would be “around a big table” “televised on C-SPAN” to “allow people to stay involved in the process.” In his defense, in the year since his campaign, the public has turned decisively against the bill, so there is much less incentive to show the voting public the inner workings of a flawed reform. And let’s not forget ACORN. From allegations of voter fraud to helping people fake tax forms to fund political campaigns, ACORN represents a hypocritical step backwards for a Democratic Party which promised a lot to voters in 2008.

One has to ask why the Democrats would engage in the very tactics that they accused their opponents in engaging in? Judging from their recent actions, the answer is clear. They had a set agenda for America and if they were going to run to obstacles then they would do whatever it takes to get the job done. They were hoping that their victory in 2008 would give them a mandate that would allow them to engage their policies with impunity. However, once America started paying attention and began to opposition, it was clear that promises of an open and transparent government were just a lip service.  This is not a case of a good government gone bad, It is a case of a bad government gone worse. Fortunately, moreso than ever before, the conservative message of limited government and individual rights is ringing true. In the famous words of Abraham Lincoln, “you can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”