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JOHN BRUMMETT: Hypocrisy everywhere

By John Brummett

This article was published October 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

Perhaps without intention, the New York Times op-ed page Sunday perfectly presented the nation's worsening malignancy of political polarization.

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Jfish says... October 12, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.

Good column John, but I doubt that things will improve unless the big money is removed from both sides.

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mozarky2 says... October 12, 2017 at 8:11 a.m.

Jfish, do you really see that happening?
I don't.
That's all the politicians care about. Not you. Not me. Just money.
There ain't no virgins in that whorehouse.

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hah406 says... October 12, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.

Couldn't have put it better mozarky2. Only most of our politicians sell themselves cheaper than the professionals in the whorehouse.

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JakeTidmore says... October 12, 2017 at 9:08 a.m.

Well JB, you "seem" to have a united audience on this one. Another sign that Armageddon is nigh??!!
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Excerpt from: "Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right: How One Side Lost Its Mind and the Other Lost Its Nerve" By Bernard Goldberg
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In fact, there’s an old joke that pretty much sums up the character of these “profiles in courage” and the “high esteem” in which they’re held: “Don’t tell my mother I’m in politics. She thinks I play the piano in a whorehouse.”
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Excerpt from "A Disquisition on Greed in Politics" by Sam McClure, Alabama Political Reporter
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When the wild man of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, spoke on greed, he held no punches: “The world is one big whorehouse, completely submerged in greed,” where the “big thieves hang the little thieves.” Jesus himself reserved his harshest words for the political rulers of his day, the Pharisees, who loved to look polished on the outside, yet “inside [were] full of greed and wickedness.”
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'Politics is a whorehouse... A brutal world there's no place for the thin-skinned,' says Peter Capaldi, who is famous for his role of spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in the BBC series "The Thick of It." He continues:
'Personally, I have as little to do with politicians as possible. The ones that I've met I've found very boring. They're extremely egotistical, incredibly self-important. If I can help it, I try to stay as far away from them as possible.'
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If only they had an off/on switch. Am sure Trump's advisors are thinking this right now!!

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gohogs17 says... October 12, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

Neither McConnell nor Schumer really give a hoot about this country. All they want is power and their re-elections.

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mrcharles says... October 12, 2017 at 10:46 a.m.

Moz you are on to something. Seems they all do quite well financially.

Appreciate your comment. A few devil's in the details but real close.

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Packman says... October 12, 2017 at 11:19 a.m.

What people detest is the tribalism exhibited by political elites. A symptom of tribalism is "yeahbutism" and "whataboutism". For example when the Weinstein story broke, the first thing you heard from libs was "whatabouttrump" as a way to deflect from Weinstein's decades long sexual predation facilitated by the silence of the Hollywood elite because he gave lots of money to Planned Parenthood.
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The disgust with tribalism is also a major reason people voted for President Trump instead of elite politician Hillary Clinton. That vote is being affirmed as you see President Trump lash out at members of his own "tribe" (Little Bobby Corker, John McCain, Mitch McConnell, etc.). President Trump's willingness to pow-wow with Chuck and Nancy is more evidence he isn't a tribalist.
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Hey moz - Not true. President Trump doesn't need or care about lobbyists' money. He also has no allegiance with the traditional ruling class which explains why he's disliked by pols on both sides of the aisle. President Trump may be a thin-skinned, opinionated, blowhard, New Yorker who too often says something before he thinks but he's no tribalist. As such, the guy's turning out to be a tremendous POTUS.

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drs01 says... October 12, 2017 at 11:21 a.m.

This is the hypocrisy that results from years of ignoring what goes on in Hollywood, or Washington, or even Arkansas. You must add to the list the names of Bill Clinton, Dale Bumpers, and Hillary Clinton. Naive Americans need reminders that:
1. All politics is a blood sport played by deceitful, ambitious slugs
2. The entertainment business is filled with folks who owe their success to the time they spent on their back or their knees
3. Moses dropped the third tablet containing the 11th commandment. It read " Thy shall not be a damned hypocrite"
4. # 11 is the most under-reported and abused of them all.

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RBear says... October 12, 2017 at 11:47 a.m.

A rare moment of unity and kumbayah int the comment boards broken by the ever ungrateful Pack. I agree with those on the left and the right on this subject and their comments. Agree with you both moz and gohogs.
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One thing I used to do when I would analyze elections in San Antonio and TX was to pull up the campaign finance reports of the candidates and incumbents (they keep taking money after the election). Both jurisdictions had electronic filing systems so you could see who was buying the influence with who. AR is finally getting a system and it's online now. Just head over to the Secretary of State's website and you can eventually find the link to the system. Pretty good implementation based on what I remember in TX.
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Take Jason Rapert for example. Primary contributors to his campaign are Stephens Investments, Witt Stephens, Wal PAC, and AR Conservative Legislative PAC. The vast majority of his money is PAC based, which is pretty sad. It shows people don't really support him, but he's in the pockets of special interests including Garver, Cella of Oaklawn, and Shelter Insurance.

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hah406 says... October 12, 2017 at 12:46 p.m.

RBear, ease up on Mr. Cella. He pays all 135 members of the legislature in this state fairly and pretty evenly. The only politics involved there is protecting his monopoly in this state.
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Packman, I agree today with most everything you said, save one. In mine and many peoples eyes, Trump being a thin skinned blowhard who speaks before he thinks is the primary thing keeping him from being a good POTUS. If he would shut up and think before he speaks, and get out of the petty tit for tat twitter rampages fueled by his fragile ego, he could actually do some good for the country.

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