Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Rank Hypocrisy

Apparently it's okay for Toby Keith to show a doctored photo of Natalie Maines (of the Dixie Chicks) with Saddam Hussein, but it's not okay for Maines to express her displeasure about that with a coded wardrobe (FUTK).

It's always very comical to watch the hypocrites carefully word their charges against those they don't like, so that similar behavior by themselves is seen as distinct. Thus, Bill Clinton lied in a civil trial and should be impeached, but Ronald Reagan lying to the American people about cutting deals for hostages on national TV is somehow okay, and definitely not anything to get worked up about.

Which makes the qualification this time even more comical, as Natalie Maines is singled out for criticism because she wore her coded message on national TV, while presumably Toby Keith engages in his uncivil and McCarthyist behavior in a more selective setting, and so it's not a big deal.

We should all go on a mission to figure this out. Surely the Left will take some hits on this too, but I don't mind because I'm not clearly a denizen of either side. There's a bunch more to find on the Right though, so I encourage any lefties to get on it. Analyze the outrage that the Right has expressed over the years and decades, and see how they've carefully made the most subtle distinctions in order to criticize something they indeed themselves engage in, but not with the subtle factor that makes it, for them, truly outrageous.