A fable is told about an old donkey falling into a farmer's dry well. Unable to extract it and rationalizing the donkey was old anyway, the farmer invited neighbors over to shovel dirt into the well to cover it up. Eventually, however, the donkey reemerged. With each shovel of soil thrown on it, the donkey learned to shake the dirt off and climb atop the growing pile. The moral: Faced with adversity, shake it off, step up and step out.
By its clever actions, this donkey (excuse the pun) was one "smart ass" – more so than its symbolic counterpart representing the Democratic Party today.
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Under Donald Trump's presidency, we are witnessing one of the worst examples in history of a congressional minority's abuse of power – one clogging the wheels of effective government, making it virtually impossible for Congress to act in the best interests of the people. So intense is the abuse, Democrats fail to recognize their underlying, abject hypocrisy.
How are they hypocritical? Like Paul Simon's song, "Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover," there are probably at least as many examples. Let us examine a few.
- Some Democratic leaders, unable to accept the Mueller report conclusions, seek to wound Trump in other ways. One is Sen. Dick Blumenthal who targets Trump's son. He threatens hauling Donald Trump Jr. off to prison if he fails to comply with a subpoena to testify. Blumenthal seeks his appearance, claiming Trump Jr.'s 2017 testimony was "untruthful and misleading." But Blumenthal is hypocritical, having lied about serving in Vietnam.
- For additional hypocrisy, we turn to a President Barack Obama appointee holdover, John F. Lansing, who heads the U.S. Agency for Global Media. Lansing recently proclaimed support for press freedom, ironically after firing those responsible for a broadcast criticizing left-wing billionaire George Soros' international efforts to promote his new world order. Eight employees were terminated following an investigation demanded by ethically challenged, Soros supporter Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. An interesting Lansing/Menendez connection is the latter's blocking of Trump's earlier effort to replace the former. Clearly, Lansing's belief in press freedom leans heavily to the left.
- If you are Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., looking to place party members on important committees, what to do with Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., described as "one of the most corrupt members of Congress"? You make her chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. Waters, unsurprisingly, is now under a new ethics investigation for various questionable activities, including funneling campaign funds to her daughter. Meanwhile, she lectures Trump on ethics.
- Earlier this year, the Democrat-controlled U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources inmposed new rules, eliminating from the long-standing members' and witnesses' swearing-in oath the reference, "so help you God." The purpose is to downplay fealty to any religious entity. Hypocritically, House Democrats encouraged such fealty by also removing the long-standing tradition of members not wearing head coverings in Congress, specifically to accommodate Rep. Ilhan Omar's Islamic practice of wearing a headscarf.
- Hypocrisy rings true listening to Hillary Clinton preach about the sin of "white privilege," while raising no qualms about daughter Chelsea benefiting from same, landing a job with NBC, earning $600,000 annually while attending Oxford for a Master's degree.
- The most prominent issue illustrating Democrats' hypocrisy is illegal immigration and President Donald Trump's call for a wall. Numerous videos exist of Democratic leaders such as Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Pelosi, President Bill Clinton, Sen. Barbara Feinstein, D-Calif., and others calling for a halt to illegal immigration. But, once Trump seeks to act on it, they call the wall immoral.
- Democrats' reaction to Attorney General Bill Barr's refusal to release an unredacted copy of the Mueller report again smacks of hypocrisy. Despite Barr releasing all but 1.5 percent of its contents and his offer even to make that 1.5 percent available privately to lawmakers (no Democrat has accepted), Democrats threatened Barr with contempt. Hypocritically, in response to a similar document demand during an investigation into the Obama administration's "Fast and Furious" scandal, Democrats saw no constitutional crisis defending then-Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to comply. But Barr's refusal has Democrats crying that a crisis exists – an interesting take based on the respective underlying defenses: for Holder, he raised a sweeping but questionable "privilege" defense; for Barr, he raises an unambiguous law prohibiting him from releasing the unredacted report! Thus, just like Democrats' encourage illegal immigrants to violate our laws, they demand Barr do so. (Trump, now turns the "constitutional crisis" argument around – he accuses Democrats, by refusing to work with his administration, of creating one.)
- Asked about Trump winning in 2020, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., claims, "I don't think this country could survive another four years of a president … who gets up every day trying to find new and inventive ways to divide us." This hypocritical assertion comes from a man who, post-Mueller report, still claims evidence exists, but refuses to present it, to impeach Trump and is incapable of keeping his own House in order by reining in two very anti-Semitic and divisive fellow Democrats – Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
- Meanwhile, Pelosi, reaching a hypocritical highpoint, has the audacity to claim she is not playing politics. This contrasts with a critic's on-the-spot assessment about the collusion claim and its aftermath: It "has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation. Its objective, plain and simple, has been twofold: to hamstring Donald Trump's capacity to press the agenda on which he ran, and to render him unelectable in 2020."
- After a 1984 medical school yearbook photo surfaced of Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam wearing blackface, he apologized, but refused to resign. Later, Northam hypocritically called for removal of a 50-foot arch at Fort Monroe, honoring Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy. Northam, apparently viewing his previous bad judgment as acceptable then but not now, felt Davis warranted no similar consideration.
Sadly, Democrats today, willing to undermine our Christian values by removing the traditional reference to God in their oath of office, are content replacing it with a hypocritical one.