Hypocrisy – many of us have had that dreaded word thrown at us. Most of the time those using it have no clue what it means. Hypocrisy is:
- a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess
- a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude
The Republican right-wing hypocrisy machine is in full gear with Sarah Palin. Before Palin’s pick, the right-wing was slipping away from McCain, suffering from a severe case of benign neglect. So McCain conjured up a magic trick by the name of Sarah Palin.
The right-wingers, once feeling alone and deserted, were suddenly touched by the spirit of a kindred soul. And she was on the Republican ticket. But here’s the hypocrisy: these hard-core religious right believe a woman’s place is in the home – having babies and waiting hand and foot on the husband. A wife’s role is to be submissive to her husband in all things. To the religious right, a two-bread winner family represents a modern-day travesty because the home is the little woman’s domain, not the office, and certainly not a governor’s office.
Enter Sarah Palin – a working mother of five who can sling a gun and shoot down the Alaskan wildlife with the best of the boys. Ah, and, according to those in the know, she’s “hot.” Palin doesn’t wear those old dowdy pantsuits that became Hillary Clinton’s trademark. The old song about bringing home the bacon and frying it up in pan aptly applies to Palin’s many talents.
Photo credit: Alaska governor’s office
But ironically, Palin is the antithesis of what the religious right believes its women should represent. How do they reconcile that? They can’t. Their glee at having “one of their own” on a national ticket trumps their “values” system. Ah, I love the smell of Republican hypocrisy in the morning.