HYPOCRISY NEVER ENDS
by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Columnist
January 19, 2009
In what can only be described as yet the latest dose of hypocrisy from the Left, actor Tom Hanks has both the temerity as well as the stupidity to attack the Mormons for their support of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, calling support of Prop-8 'discriminatory and un-American.' If there is anything un-American about the whole process, it is Hanks and other liberal hypocrites like himself who possess an elitist mentality that lives by one rule only: It's either the Left's way or the highway. People such as Hanks, Spielberg, elected officials and others who pander to the public at the expense of their principles (or lack thereof), do only themselves a disservice in endorsing and pursuing causes that are not only unwise, but downright dangerous, and in this case, both unnatural and also evil.
In a pathetic attempt to prop up his specious argument, Hanks tells what can only be described as a blatant bald-faced lie; this he does by claiming that LDS Church members 'gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,' or in other words, to get Proposition 8 passed. This is a crock, pure and simple. What the LDS Church did do, was well within their rights as a religious body in an action protected by the First Amendment. They took a stand on a moral issue - and encouraged their members to do the same - through exercising their right to vote and in whatever other ways they desired. To suggest their opinion or their actions as being un-American only shows that Hanks does not at all understand basic human freedoms afforded us in our most cherished legal document. Nor does Hanks understand that these rights of freedom of speech, religion and the press are inalienable; they are endowed upon us by God, and not the State. Inalienable means they cannot be taken away by the State or others who advocate such, for if you take freedom of speech from one group, you must take it away from all of them. This is something Hanks either fails to realize, or more likely, chooses to selectively and completely ignore.
It wasn't just individual Mormons who gave of their time, money and other means; it was people of many religious and family groups who used strategies not unlike that of winning candidates to effectively ensure passage of Proposition 8. With California being the Granola State - the land of flakes, fruits and nuts - you know that in his latest flip-flop, Attorney General and former Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown is going to do his level best to ensure the California Supremes toss this decision out as well. Doesn't anyone other than 'the anointed' have a voice in California anymore? It certainly doesn't seem so. Maybe that's why the best and brightest are leaving in droves.
Why is it when the Left uses proven tactics such as reaching out for grassroots support and wins, that it is 'a triumph of democracy at its finest'? Why also is it when the Right or other Conservatives use the same approach and they win, all of a sudden it becomes 'downright un-American?' Simple: it's a bunch of crybabies howling because they didn't get their way. Perhaps if they made a stronger argument for their cause they may have had a better chance.
In Hanks' world - or so it seems - everyone is entitled to his opinion. Like other liberal whiners, Hanks carries a 'rage against the machine' attitude when conservatives control the table, but seeks to brutally suppress those opinions when Liberals are in charge. While I wish President-elect Barack Obama well when he takes office tomorrow, I will keep a wary eye wide open, if for no other reason than because he has so many retreads from the Clinton administration on board. Why? Because many of them sought to restrict freedom of speech when Slick Willie ran the show. Expect the Fairness Doctrine to be number one on the hit list of the Left.
If you think the lies, hypocrisy and unmitigated gall of the Left are going full tilt now, wait until after tomorrow.
You ain't seen nothin' yet! ***
© 2009 Timothy Rollins
EDITOR'S UPDATE: After being caught in what was far
more than a slip of the tongue, actor Tom Hanks apologized for his earlier remarks
covered in this article. Hanks' mea culpa regarding the Mormons can be found
it was best put by Kim Farah, a spokeswoman for The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who responded to Hanks' comment
by saying, that "expressing an opinion in a free and democratic society
is as American as it gets.".
A veteran freelance writer, Timothy Rollins
brings a wealth of political and military experience dating back more than three
decades. He is a freelance writer and policy analyst living in Oklahoma who
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