by Dennis Chin, guest blogger
(originally published in the CCC Blog)
Hypocrisy isn’t a good look on anyone, especially our elected officials.
Congressional Republicans, including Senator John McCain (R-AZ) have been unabashedly hypocritical on a number of issues since the election of President Obama in 2008. From the economic stimulus, to health care reform, and now to immigration.
To have these lies exposed seems to have no effect on their political capital. (Given the fast-paced 24-hour news cycle and the general dominance of conservative framing on mainstream issues, it’s really not surprising at all but that’s a discussion for another post)
Recently, Senator McCain’s latest hypocrisy came with with his stance on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In 2006, he stated that “…we ought to change the policy.” In 2010, when President Obama stated that he will seek to repeal the ban with the support of Admiral Mike Mullen, McCain said that we should not be seeking to overturn the bill.
Well, Senator McCain is at it again, abandoning his “common sense” approach to immigration reform in 2004 for an extreme anti-immigrant stance in 2010. Chalk it up to old-fashioned political posturing and a Republican base that’s moving further and further to the right (his challenger is a birther, no joke)
“A simple crackdown aimed at sending all illegal immigrants back to where they came from would not work. It would simply drive people without proper documentation deeper into the shadows, where they would continue to be at the mercy of unscrupulous employers and would be afraid to report crimes, send their children to school or seek treatment when they had infectious disease.”
This is Senator McCain now:
Dear Senator John McCain, you used to be a proponent of immigration reform that actually made some sense. But I understand your true political nature compels you to abandon those principles. For my mental sanity, I’d encourage you to adopt the following look:
I love me some old school Batman! It’ll seriously be a great reminder to not believe anything you say from now on.