It’s one thing to speak out boldly on behalf of principles which are critical to you. It’s quite another to spout off in a self-righteous manner. In politics we get plenty of both. The issue for the observer then becomes one of determining which he’s listening to, or whether it’s a bit of a mix of both. Many times this is no easy task.
In some cases, you might decide to listen very skeptically based on the person who is speaking. For an example, a lecture on morals and integrity in government from Hillary Clinton would probably not be an unvarnished source of truth, although one might choose to listen just for the irony and humor of what she would say. It would certainly not be a lesson on how you should live your life.
To adjust to the changing winds in order to maintain relevance and electability, we often find politicians changing their views – not because they’ve discovered something new that has caused them to change their minds, but because right now they’ve discovered an opportunity to score some political points. What they fail to do in some cases is to check what they’ve said in the past lest their inconsistencies be discovered. That just happened.
During the current confirmation hearings we witnessed Senator Cory Booker attacking Senator Sessions, the nominee for Attorney General. Says Booker, “We’ve seen Jeff Sessions, that’s Senator Jeff Sessions, consistently voting against or speaking out against key ideals of the Voting Rights Act, taking measures to try to block criminal justice reform. He has a posture and a positioning that I think represent a real danger to our country.”
You can watch his interview with MSNBC here:
Score one point for Senator Booker among his supporters for his position on Senator Sessions who is now a Trump nominee.
Where Booker gets into trouble is when one reviews what he said less than a year ago. Referring to civil rights issues, Booker said this: “’I am humbled to be able to to participate here in paying tribute to some of the extraordinary Americans, whose footsteps paved the way for me and my generation,’ Booker said at the time. ‘I feel blessed and honored to have partnered with Sen. Sessions in being the Senate sponsors of this important award.’”
You can watch the video below:
Well, which is it Mr. Booker? Never mind, we know the answer. Sessions has accepted an appointment from the hated Trump administration, therefore all the nice things Booker said about him a year ago are to be forgotten in the light of his offensive affiliation with Trump.
Shame on you, Mr. Booker.
Source: Allen B. West