Do As I Say,(Not As I Do)

New best-selling blockbuster explains how leading liberals preach one set of ideals for you and me while living by quite different standards themselves.

Hypocrisy has proved to be a wonderful weapon for liberals in their war against conservatives. When a pro-family politician gets caught cheating on his wife, or a conservative pundit turns out to have a bad habit or addiction, their enemies use the charge to good effect. Fair enough. But what happens when the spotlights are turned on liberals themselves? Do the supporters of progressive taxes, affirmative action, strict environmental safeguards, and unionized labor practice what they preach?

In a word: NO. Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy is Hoover Fellow Peter Schweizer's hard-hitting exposé of the contradictions between the public stances and real-life behavior of prominent liberals like  Ted Kennedy. Among the books charges are these ; 

  • Ted Kennedy favors racial set-asides on federal contracts -- but when it came to his own investment in an entire city block of Washington, DC, he got his political friends to help him waive an affirmative action set-aside

  • Another of Kennedy's great causes has been support of the estate or inheritance tax. But, he has repeatedly benefited from an intricate web of trusts and private foundations that have kept most of the family pie from ever ending up in the hands of the IRS

  • Kennedy has introduced dozens of pieces of legislation over the years to encourage alternative energy sources. But he helped block the Cape Wind Project -- an effort to provide clean energy for thousands of homes on Cape Cod -- because the project would be built in one of the family's favorite sailing and yachting areas. This at the same time he and his family own oil stocks and even oil companies starting in 1950 when his father bought Artic Oil. The Kennedys subsequently bought two more oil companies and made a killing in the Texas oil fields.

Read the  review here.

Political Correctness Gone Wrong

 A sidebar to the above is one of our favorite liberals, Sarah Peake of Ptown going whacko over an antique painting in Town Hall which didn't have a woman in it. This is especially troubling for the rest of us non-Ptown folks since Ms. Peake is the presumptive heir to Representative Shirley Gomes' seat in next November's  election

Read all of Brian McGrory very funny column in today's Globe, but try this for starters:

Winter must come awfully early to that little spit of sand called Provincetown. The town isn't exactly Mayberry to begin with, if you know what I mean. But as the cold winds blow relentlessly down Commercial Street and the gray waves slap constantly against the shore, the isolation must lead to a total divorce from reality.

Think Jack Nicholson in ''The Shining." How else to explain the bizarre behavior of a majority of the town's selectmen at a meeting earlier this month? To wit, Selectwoman Sarah Peake spun her chair around near the end of the Nov. 14 meeting, gazed up at an oversized oil painting depicting the Pilgrims voting on the Mayflower Compact when they first landed in Provincetown, and declared that she wanted it removed.

Mind you, it's not that she didn't like the look or the colors or the style. It's not that she thought it was too big or too small for the Judge Welsh Hearing Room. It's not that it clashed with anything around it.

No, what Peake didn't like was that the painting didn't include any women. That and the fact that the painting's only Indian -- Native American, I'd better call him -- wasn't holding a ballot like everyone else."  Read the rest here.

P.S. One of the comments below points out that The Cape Codder ran this story a week ago, and no, our local daily hasn't seen fit to let us know about this insanity until two weeks later (after CNC and The Globe covered it for them) when it began the lame excuses for MS Peake's incredible stupidity and lack of class. 

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