There is hypocrisy, and then there is hypocrisy. There is hypocrisy born out of our fallen nature, a weakness that allows passion to overwhelm reason, drawing us to commit sins we want to avoid. This is the sad, shameful, pathetic hypocrisy of which almost all men of high ideals are guilty.
And there is the hypocrisy of which the targets of Peter Schweizer’s latest book are guilty. This is the contented, shameless, struggle-free hypocrisy of those who either don’t believe what they preach, or have entirely justified an exception for themselves from their own rules. These hypocrites are blatantly wrong, rather than weak. This quasi- or perhaps not so quasi-sociopathic hypocrisy publicly imbues the lives of George Soros, Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Noam Chomsky, Barbra Streisand and Queen Hillary, all of whom are among those featured by Schweizer in Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy.
Everyday hypocrisy is an immutable part of the human condition that should not be exploited for political gain, nor should journalists or others seek to overturn stones in search of individual men’s foibles. Yet when hypocrisy is so systematic, so obvious, so clearly a matter of principle rather than of weakness, it seems legitimate to point it out.
Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire who has taken to funding the hard left with tens of millions of dollars, is a particularly dangerous character. Before the 2004 elections, he declared that defeating President Bush was “the central focus of my life.” Soros has admitted to having messianic impulses in the past, saying, “I fancied myself as some kind of god” and “I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise they might get me in trouble” (p. 155). He even declared, perhaps jokingly, “I’m the Pope’s boss now” (p. 155).
Soros the billionaire’s revolting hypocrisy has restricted the free speech rights of every American. He gave more than $18 million in a successful effort to achieve campaign finance reform while engaging in subterfuges of campaign finance regulations. After the McCain-Feingold speech limitation law was passed, Soros evaded the contribution limits and restrictions it imposed by handing out money to Section 527 organizations. He spent $24 million to defeat Bush in one of the baldest acts of political hypocrisy committed by a private citizen in recent American history.
Soros has taken to rallying against capitalism, the economic system that enabled him to become one of the richest men in the history of the world—and which he continues to exploit to make even more money, no matter what the social consequences of his actions, as he himself says.
Soros’ hypocrisies extend further, but my favorite chapter is on Chomsky. This rapacious radical poseur has been a darling of the far left for decades, and knowledge of his over-the-top denunciations of the United States, capitalism, property rights including copyright laws, the military, the family, etc. are de rigueur for any campus revolutionary planning to impress girls at pro-abortion rallies. Schweizer cites chapter and verse of Chomsky’s profits, in the millions, from Pentagon contracts, stock investments, and jealous defenses of his copyrights.
If anyone did not know by now: These prominent campus radicals, glibly denouncing the country that provides them with tenured comfort and the freedom to say whatever they want, are frauds, pure and simple. Frauds with a terrible, corrosive impact, since they are fraudulent only in their professed love for the oppressed and for equality of condition, but not in their manifest hatred and contempt for their fellow man.
Any reader of this book should not fail to note how these liberals, constantly denouncing their fellow Americans for racism, live in lily-white neighborhoods. And who could fail to appreciate the I-just-want-a-man-to-take-care-of-me quotes from feminist Streisand and ultra-feminist radical bell hooks (who just gets a mention, not a whole chapter)? More examples of so many liberals’ all-pervasive hypocrisy. Do As I Say (Not As I Do) makes a fine handbook for anyone looking to show up the fashionable hypocrites of the left.