Pardon me, but your Freudian slip is showing
A lie is an obvious untruth. Fake news is false news. But there are other subtler ways of misrepresenting the truth that are a little harder to spot but very revealing when you do. Like Freudian slips, reality is inadvertently but tellingly exposed when a statement or viewpoint demonstrates hypocrisy or incoherence. Here are a few slips that I spotted this week.
Columnist, gay activist, and anti-bullying crusader Dan Savage bullies First Lady Melania Trump because he “hate(s)” her, saying she’s “as ugly on the inside as she is pretty on the outside.” Savage has been known to bully others as well for simply having different views than he. Hypocrite.
The organizers of the International Women’s Strike decry violence against women yet “demand free abortion without conditions.” Abortion is an extremely violent act that kills innocent females at a rate of at least 1500 per day in the United States alone. Incoherent
Interestingly, their platform also states that, “The history of sterilization of women of color in this country goes hand in hand with the attack on abortion rights.” Never mind that the records show the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, supportive of such sterilization.
Archeologists in Cairo unearthed a quartzite form and declared it to be an ancient statue of a man, most likely an Egyptian pharaoh. They immediately recognized it as an intentional creation, the work of someone with a measure of intelligence. Had it been a human skeleton however, they would likely have been willing to explain it by randomness and chance. Incoherent.
The ACLU opposes President Trump’s latest executive order because it calls for a report on the number of honor killings in the US carried out by “foreign nationals.” So even though according to the Justice Department honor killings comprise about one-fourth of the murders reported to the FBI, the ACLU, since they’re all about religious freedom including the freedom to murder, criticizes the effort to protect the lives of American citizens, calling the order “a thinly veiled reference to stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.” Incoherent.
Teachers unions and Democratic leaders say they’re all about what’s best for the kids but repeatedly oppose education models that result in better outcomes for students than the public schools. This week a House committee voted to continue the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which awards school vouchers to poor children in the district, and allow for its expansion. Unsurprisingly, the NEA and the majority of the Democrat-heavy DC council expressed “staunch opposition” to the program’s expansion and want to see it phased out completely, despite the fact that graduation rates well exceed those at the public schools while spending less than half per child. Incoherent and hypocritical.