Nemesis is always hot on the trail of hubris, across time and space, and the goddess has been particularly busy in destroying the carefully crafted images of Bono, John Edwards, Timothy Geithner, Al Gore, Eliot Spitzer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner, and a host of others. What do their tax hypocrisies, sexual indulgences, and aristocratic socialist lifestyles all have in common?
Collectively, they represent a self-appointed or elected global elite that oversees, lectures about — in sanctimonious fashion — the ethical responsibilities of the redistributive state. Bono and his ensemble may be the highest paid rock group in the world, the most eager to shake a finger at Western governments on their moral duties to help the less fortunate. He is a pop icon always ready to fault the consumerist Western lifestyle. But Bono and his pals are quite determined to avoid Irish tax laws to ensure more of their hard-won capitalist profits so necessary to support their global lifestyles, at a time when their alma mater is broke and unable to fund its once ample entitlements.
The always astute commenter cfbleachers adds the following to VDH's piece:
If you pay homage to the leftist propaganda machine, you don’t have to worry about accountability.
You have to worry about karma.
You have to be a complete imbecile to be a leftist and get caught in a scandal. Tony Baloney lied through his teeth, blamed others, said it was a frame up by wingnuts, said he was hacked….
John Edwards lived in “two Americas”, one where honor and integrity were merely trifling things and the other where he lied about them with impunity.
Barney Frank has never been made to come clean about the prostitution ring in his basement or his close ties to Fannie’s internal collapse.
Obama and Rezco, his and Michelle’s law licenses, Ayers, ….there is a pathway from the lack of accountability that leads directly to corruption.
Republicans, being held to a higher standard by BOTH constituencies, fair far worse when exposed.
Leftists being held to NO standard by their own, and, in fact often given great cover…are the new integrity welfare state. They are dependent upon the coverup and corruption in the media and their inner circles. The conspiracy of silence destroys their need for honor.
Nothing they do, say or promote gets examined…and therefore it becomes weak, corrupt and necrotic.
They are the permanent ethical underclass, living in a ghetto of no scruples. And, worst of all…it looks like paradise to them.
Read it all.