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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Criminals vs. mere hypocrites

Q: What do you call a politician who supports laws against murder, but then goes out and commits a murder?

A: A murderer

Q: What do you call a politician who supports laws against thievery, and then goes out and shoplifts?

A: A thief

Q: What do you call a politician who would prohibit sexual jokes and suggestive behavior in the private workplace, but then makes sexual advances on his own underlings?

A: A hypocrite

Q: What do you call a politician who supports drug prohibition, even as he admits to drug use in his youth himself - for which he could have been arrested?

A: A hypocrite

Q: What do you call a politician who supports strict labor standards on businesses, and then pays undocumented workers as nannies and housekeepers?

A: A hypocrite

Q: What do you call a politician who supports immigration restrictions, and then pays undocumented workers as nannies and housekeepers?

A: A hypocrite

Q: Why did I not call the murdering politician and the thieving politician hypocrites?

A: Because the most condemnable aspect of their behavior is that their crimes had victims.*

Q: If hypocrisy is the worst thing about the crime, why is it even a crime?

A: Don't ask me. To pass a law against victimless, consensual behavior is itself a crime.

* Sexual harassment can involve a victim, depending on the terms of the employment contract, which can bring on a civil suit. The hypocrisy comes in because the politician would regulate private property and personal associations to outlaw behavior he himself engages in.

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