Student reflects on hypocrisy and the damage it has done to society

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In a modern sense, it seems as though being true to your word has lost all of its bearing. Hypocrisy is running rampant and it brings into question whether or not we can trust the people we believe to be trustworthy. Though I am not encouraging anyone to become a radical skeptic, I do think it is with good reason to take precaution and practice research before accepting someone’s word. Just last week, Hollywood came under some fire for the actions not taken against movie mogul and serial sexual harasser, Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein’s repugnant behavior towards women has been known about for decades, yet no action was taken against him until just recently. It would be a waste of time trying to deduce why his conduct flew under the radar for so long because there is only one conclusion to be made: money. With money comes power, and it seems everyone wants a piece of the pie. I label this to be hypocritical because Hollywood has always taken a more “holier than thou” liberal democratic stance, yet they turned the other way when Weinstein was abusing woman. The key takeaway here is that even some of the most well respected people in this country would turn a blind eye if money is involved. Even after his release, there were still claims being tossed around such as the one from latimes.com which read, “Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one.” In essence, Weinstein was kept afloat by those who have always denounced this sort of behavior but only acted when they were forced into a corner. These are not isolated incidents; however, just prior to the Harvey Weinstein break we’ve seen Rep. Tim Murphy make his decision to resign after a series of messages revealed that he had encouraged a woman, who he was having an extramarital affair with, to get an abortion. What makes the story that much more ironic is Murphy’s pro-life stance. Not only that, but he is also partly responsible for the Republican bill passed on Tuesday that restricted most abortions after approximately 20 weeks of prenatal development. Earlier, Tom Price resigned from the Trump administration as the Secretary of Health and Human services after running up a tab of nearly a $1 million dollars taking private jets wherever he traveled, when he could have just as easily flown commercially for a fraction of the cost. Even so, he built his career in Congress decrying government waste. When Newt Gingrich was the Republican Speaker of the House he was criticizing the fact that Bill Clinton was having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, all the while he was having an affair himself. Many of our government leaders are hypocrites who either don’t believe what they are saying or think the rules of the road don’t apply to them. The moral of the story is that hypocrisy is on both sides of the ledger, this is not a target to any specific party but a comment on our human tendencies. It is essential that we incorporate those who stand true to their beliefs into office. This is somewhat of a controversial claim, but, this country needs more young people, who are driven by sincerely held ideals, to engage in politics and replace those who seek power solely because of the personal benefits that come with it. This is exactly the idea Bernie Sanders propagated in his final appeal after he lost the primary, to motivate young people and get rid of the parasitic hypocrites.

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