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April 2, 2014

Can’t have it both ways

For my purposes I am going to use a recently coined word combining hate with patriots — hatriots — defined in the Urban Dictionary this way: “Someone who claims to love America but hates the majority of the people who actually live there. Hatriots often romanticize small towns and rural areas, which they view as the ‘Real America,’ and they mistrust large cities, which are full of liberal elites, colored people, and the undeserving poor.”

When these individuals express disdain and dislike for President Obama and his family, they miss important things that diminish their credibility For one, if you are going to hold one president to a certain standard you are not really credible if you haven’t held others to the same standard, such as complaining about Barack Obama’s use of vacation when it is clearly illustrated he didn’t even come close to vacationing as much as George W. Bush.

For another, if you are going to be offended by trips taken by the first lady and her daughters, it looks totally biased when you have not uttered one word about similar trips taken by other families of the president, as when Laura Bush traveled with her daughters. The conservative columnist Kathleen Parker called out conservatives in one of her latest columns for just this.

If you going to complain about the amount of executive orders that President Obama used, you need to realize George W. Bush issued more in six years in office.

If you are going to be appalled and call President Obama weak for not acting more aggressively when President Putin invaded Chechnya, but had nothing to say when Putin invaded Georgia and President Bush did nothing, it looks biased and political.

They want it both ways. One week Obama is a weakling, the next he is a despot. I guess in the irrational, illogical bubble some people live in they don’t care about that.

If you are going to continually maintain that the president used the IRS to target conservatives and ignore the fact that Karl Rove ran the Republican Party from the White House, then your case looks weak.

And if we have to hear one more cry of the word “Benghazi,” we better hear questions about the 20-plus people who died in consulates and embassies during the prior presidency.

We need to have standards of behavior for our leaders but it looks ridiculous if we demand it in one leader and totally ignore the actions of another leader. 

Alexis Fasolka, Marion Heights

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