Liberal hypocrisy has taken a bizarre twist as Sen. Hillary Clinton faces criticism for saying that Martin Luther “King’s dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act”.
“Senator Clinton made an unfortunate remark, an ill-advised remark, about King and Lyndon Johnson. I didn’t make the statement,” Sen. Barack Obama said in a conference call with reporters. “I haven’t remarked on it. And she, I think, offended some folks who felt that somehow diminished King’s role in bringing about the Civil Rights Act. She is free to explain that.”
“I must say I was troubled recently to see a suggestion that real change that came not through the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King but through a Washington politician. I fundamentally disagree with that,” Sen. John Edwards told more than 200 people gathered at a predominantly black Baptist church. “Those who believe that real change starts with Washington politicians have been in Washington too long and are living a fairy tale,” he said.
This is hypocrisy at its weirdest. Liberal ideology assumes that people can’t fend for themselves without government paternalism. But liberal candidates will pounce on one of their own for acknowledging it. Has hypocrisy become the homage that dependency pays to responsibility?