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Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Two-Faced - The New York Times
“Politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching all of the back-room discussions and the deals, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So you need both a public and a private position.”

Right. In politics, hypocrisy and doublespeak are tools. They can be used nefariously, illegally or for personal gain, as when President Richard M. Nixon denied Watergate complicity, but they can also be used for legitimate public purposes, such as trying to prevent a civil war, as in Lincoln’s case,
Hillary_Clinton  Campaign_2016  hypocrisy  doublespeak  politics 
october 2016 by jerryking
Jon Stewart, Back on ‘Late Show,’ Lets Loose on Fox News and More - The New York Times
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Jon_Stewart  GOP  Campaign_2016  funnies  hypocrisy 
july 2016 by jerryking
Bergdahl Critics Didn’t Howl When Bush Freed Prisoners -
JUNE 14, 2014 | NYT |

Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to interview one of the prison camp’s most valuable detainees, a Qaeda loyalist from Morocco named Abdullah Tabarak. According to multiple reports, Mr. Tabarak had been Osama bin Laden’s chief bodyguard and longtime confidant, and he gave himself up to help bin Laden elude capture shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

But when the investigators arrived, Mr. Tabarak wasn’t in his cell. The guards would not say where he was. His disappearance was so mysterious that one investigator took to calling him “the milk carton guy.”

In August 2004, news reports from Morocco revealed he was back home in Casablanca. The Bush administration never explained the release, but, as Jess Bravin documents in “The Terror Courts,” his comprehensive account of the legal — and more often extralegal — events that have taken place at Guantánamo since 2002, it appears political expediency played a crucial role. Morocco had, among other things, hosted a C.I.A. “black site” and interrogated suspects secretly deported by the United States.

Republicans continue to rail against President Obama’s trade of five Taliban detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
political_expediency  hypocrisy  Obama  GOP  Bowe_Bergdahl  Guantánamo_Bay 
june 2014 by jerryking
Shadow of the past
July 24, 2004 | G&M |

A quarter of the resolutions centre on the pinprick state of Israel, not to mention 90 per cent of the discussions. Hellhoìes and regimes iike Syria. Egypt, Sudan` Iran, Russia, China and North Korea rarely come under discussion. How could they? They are the honoured delegates - some of them are even Security Council members - who, as you sayv are using Israel as their "favourite punching bag."
anti-Israel  UN  letters_to_the_editor  Zimbabwe  North_Korea  hypocrisy 
march 2013 by jerryking
Why We Love Politics -
November 22, 2012 | NYT | By DAVID BROOKS.

I hope everybody who shares this anti-political mood will go out to see “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner. The movie portrays the nobility of politics in exactly the right way.

It shows that you can do more good in politics than in any other sphere. You can end slavery, open opportunity and fight poverty. But you can achieve these things only if you are willing to stain your own character in order to serve others — if you are willing to bamboozle, trim, compromise and be slippery and hypocritical.

The challenge of politics lies precisely in the marriage of high vision and low cunning. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” gets this point. The hero has a high moral vision, but he also has the courage to take morally hazardous action in order to make that vision a reality.
Abraham_Lincoln  compromise  cunning  David_Brooks  hypocrisy  moral_hazards  movies  politics  political_expediency  public_policy  serving_others  tradeoffs 
november 2012 by jerryking
Elect your local hypocrite
June 12, 2004 | G&M | Doug Saunders.

Hypocrisy now has the backing of science. Keith Stanovich, a cognitive scientist at the University of Toronto, has built a strong scientific case in defence of hypocn'sy

Mr. Stanovich, in his fascinating book The Robot's Rebellion, defines hypocrisy as the collision of first-order and second-order thought. First-order thought consists of the basic, animal desires promoted by our genes — reproduction, self-preservation, mate-finding, nest-building, self-aggrandizement and personal defence

People whose thoughts are mostly first-order are known as wantons: Their personal desires and aspirations are their only goals, and their principles consist of remaking the world to suit those goals People who vote for right-wing parties entirely because they want to pay less tax are wantons. So are people who vote for left-wing parties just because they want their organizations to get more grants.

Second-order thought looks beyond personal needs into rational calculations of larger principles and goals: If I give up this desire right now, it says, we all could be better off. It is higher, more principled intelligence. It constantly battles with our first-order desires, tending to require an even higher order of thought to reconcile those collisions. in Mr. Stanovich's system, the people who engage in this kind of thinking are known as strong evaluators.
Hypocrisy is a product of strong evaluation.
Doug_Saunders  decision_making  politics  hypocrisy  thinking  political_expediency  instant_gratification  delayed_gratification  wisdom  books  first-order  second-order  tradeoffs  self-preservation  mate-finding  nest-building  self-aggrandizement 
september 2012 by jerryking
Panic of the Plutocrats -
October 9, 2011

a broader syndrome, in which wealthy Americans who benefit hugely from a system rigged in their favor react with hysteria to anyone who points out just how rigged the system is.[JCK: overreaction]

Last year, you may recall, a number of financial-industry barons went wild over very mild criticism from President Obama. They denounced Mr. Obama as being almost a socialist for endorsing the so-called Volcker rule, which would simply prohibit banks backed by federal guarantees from engaging in risky speculation. And as for their reaction to proposals to close a loophole that lets some of them pay remarkably low taxes — well, Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of the Blackstone Group, compared it to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

And then there’s the campaign of character assassination against Elizabeth Warren, the financial reformer now running for the Senate in Massachusetts. Not long ago a YouTube video of Ms. Warren making an eloquent, down-to-earth case for taxes on the rich went viral. Nothing about what she said was radical — it was no more than a modern riff on Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dictum that “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”
gaming_the_system  overreaction  Paul_Krugman  protests  GOP  hypocrisy  Elizabeth_Warren  Occupy_Wall_Street  Wall_Street  financiers  Stephen_Schwarzman  The_One_Percent  plutocracies  plutocrats  character_assassination  Godwin's_Law  Nazis 
october 2011 by jerryking
Jeff Schweitzer: A Falsehood Wrapped in an Enigma Stuffed Into a Burrito
Jeff Schweitzer

Scientist, former White House senior policy analyst, author
Posted: November 23, 2010 10:04 PM
Obama  GOP  George_W._Bush  hypocrisy 
december 2010 by jerryking

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