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LETTER: Kaine demonstrates political hypocrisy

My quandary: to comment on the hypocrisy of Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine or the disgusting, relentless bias of news media. It came down to a penny toss.

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Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

My quandary: to comment on the hypocrisy of Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine or the disgusting, relentless bias of news media. It came down to a penny toss.Kaine won the flip. Collusive, agenda-driven “news” coverage will have to wait.Often sowing seeds of doubt, frustration and confusion, political hypocrisy resides on both sides of the aisle and in party ideology; a decisive factor as to why Kaine was chosen.Kaine’s long-standing, untenable position on abortion is this; “I’m personally opposed, but ... The Achilles’ heel for such convoluted logic - spawned by the late Mario Cuomo - is that the disingenuous template of “but” is not applied to other, current social injustice issues within the trough of American politics.Kaine’s politically expedient stance begs for an equally absurd, imaginative example; Bishop Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist proclaims personal opposition to apartheid - while staunchly working to entrench the injustice of apartheid.Democrat Stephen Douglas was personally opposed to slavery, but ...Douglas led the fight to repeal laws that banned slavery with a doctrine of “popular sovereignty.” During his historic 1858 debates with Douglas, Abraham Lincoln noted, “When Judge Douglas says that whoever, or whatever community wants slaves, they have a right to have them, he is perfectly logical if there is nothing wrong in the institution; but if you admit that it is wrong, he cannot logically say that anybody has a right to do a wrong.”Lincoln’s wisdom, courage and candor are just as relevant today in exposing present-day political hypocrisy. Lincoln’s prophetic point was simple; the “reason” why you oppose an injustice demands an obligation to “act” in consequence.
R.J. Ogaard Crookston

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