By Greg Drobny
The President Trump era—now officially over a week old—has demonstrated something faster than any other administration in American history: partisan hypocrisy.
But notice what I stated—the Trump era has demonstrated this faster than anything we’ve seen before. Perhaps that is because of the rapidity of information dissemination, or maybe it is due to our increasingly divisive discourse—whatever the reason, it’s happening so quickly that it’s difficult to keep up with.
Consider the rabble over the immigration issue this week. Set aside your opinion on the right or wrong way to handle that topic for just a moment and think about the responses to it from both the public at large as well as influential voices.
For example, we saw the #DeleteUber hashtag, as mentioned here at UA yesterday, that flies in the face of all logical thought by failing to understand why Uber became popular in the first place. Markets are cool until they don’t toe the line of my thinking, right?
“But that’s just one example, Greg!” you say. Fair enough.
Consider an even bigger one. Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia just announced a lawsuit they are helping the state of Washington’s Attorney General file against the Federal Government in an effort to protect their employees, as they see this Trump’s efforts as damaging. Other big-name CEOs, like Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, have made statements showing their support for moves like the one being made by Amazon.
This has been met by thunderous applause from progressives decrying Trump’s effort. And you know what? It should be! They should absolutely be cheering for the actions made by an individual state or a company to defy the federal gov…
Oh, wait a second. They’re cheering for an individual state or corporation? To defy the federal government? Well, hey, it’s not like these companies are being asked to make a cake at a gay wedding, am I right?
Seriously, this is just out of control. The same voices cheering on Amazon and the state of Washington (and sanctuary cities, and, and, and) are those who, a very short time ago (seems like yesterday?), were equating concepts like “state’s rights” with slavery and lamenting how “corporations” were evil, money-grubbing leviathans who only did things for profit, so reigning them in with the heavy hand of big government was clearly the right thing to do.
If you don’t believe me, let me suggest a challenge: create a similar story with a hypothetical, but change the companies involved and the issue at hand. Imagine that the Koch Brothers and Walmart teamed together to file a lawsuit with the state of Wyoming to keep the Federal Government from registering gun owners there.
Or what if a couple insurance companies banded together with a few health care providers for the purpose of refusing to implement Obamacare?
Now present that hypothetical to a Progressive. Hilarity will ensue.
Examples of this abound, of course, and they’re not just limited to one party or one mindset. Look no further than the recent budget proposals in a Republican-controlled Congress and note that if a last name isn’t “Amash” or “Paul,” then nearly everyone belonging to that party is all in favor of spending gargantuan sums of money on anything and everything possible.
Fiscal responsibility my ass.
I know what my answers to the problems are—decentralization and more liberty is without question the direction we should go. But that doesn’t help with the hypocritical nature of public discourse, both from politicians and the voting public as a whole.
I can argue political philosophy all day long but it doesn’t change the fact that people immediately change their opinions of what is right or wrong based on which party is in control of any given political office. We seem to be at a point right now where right vs wrong doesn’t even matter—what matters is the most palatable narrative for the public and who happens to hold it.
Those who can scream the loudest and have a message that resonates with a significant number of people are having a far greater influence than “truth” at this point. I’m not sure there’s a cure for that outside of something supernatural.*
*I use this term because to followers of people like Bernie Sanders, economic reality is “supernatural.”