The Hypocrisy of Democracy: Discrimination by Any Means Necessary

Questioning whether or not there really is a difference between being Democrat or Republican

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Now that both political parties nominee’s for president are set, I began reflecting on some of the TV ads I’ve seen and various statements candidates have made. My conclusion about both parties? There is hypocrisy in the democracy of the United States.
For example, Republicans claim to be against preference programs–affirmative action, minority set-asides, etc. But, yet they support preference programs for veterans (those who served in the military).

The Republican rebuttal would be that they are only against preference programs based on race. According to their thinking, preference programs based on race is “reverse” discrimination (I will deal with this idiotic line of reasoning in a future column). That type of thinking is akin to saying, “I am only against racism if it’s against Blacks.”  Either you support preference programs or you don’t!

By definition, all preference programs are necessarily discriminatory.  For example, I never served in the military, therefore I do not qualify for any of the programs set up for veterans. It’s discriminatory, but it’s been deemed by society as an acceptable form of discrimination. Not all discrimination is necessarily bad.

Democrats, in general, claim they support providing a good education to everyone, especially those who are considered low income. But, I find it amazing that most members of Congress send their children to private schools–because they have a choice–they can afford to pay for private schools for their kids. President Obama had every opportunity to send his kids to a public school, but he chose to send them to one of the most elite private schools in the country–Sidwell Friends. But Democrats don’t think “poor” parents have the ability, to do what’s in the best interest of their kids. This is what former President George W. Bush called the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

As this year’s presidential campaign heats up, listen carefully to what both candidates are saying and don’t be afraid to question their 30 second answers to complicated issues. When they say they are going to cut the budget deficit, notice that they won’t tell you what programs they will cut or which taxes they will raise. When they say America is an “exceptional” country, what does that mean?

Voters say they want less government, but then they don’t want “their” programs cut. Voters say teachers should be paid more money, but they don’t want to pay higher taxes to pay for it. We, as voters, are the democracy. The politicians are merely temporary representatives of our desires. If we want more government services, then we will have to pay more for them. If we don’t like what’s going on in Congress, then vote them out, regardless of party.

An educated voter is the most dangerous person to any politician. Most Americans are lazy when it comes to being informed about issues that impact their daily lives. But, yet these same voters who claim they don’t have time to keep informed of the issues; know when Beyoncé has a baby or when Lady Gaga does something stupid like wears a dress made of meat! We have to be what we are looking for.

Democracies work best with an informed, engaged people. We must hold politicians accountable by forcing them to share their detailed vision for America with the voters. Politicians should be a reflection of our engagement in society. For us not to exercise this engagement, through voting, is very hypocritical and harmful to our democracy.
Our lack of engagement makes a mockery of our democracy because it all leads to hypocrisy.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a D.C.-public relations/government affairs firm. He is also a contributing editor for ExcellStyle Magazine, Freedom’s Journal Magazine and U.S. Africa Magazine.

  • J H

    I cringe at the word “democracy”. Being a “democracy” and having a democratic form of government are two different things. The US was formed as a Republic, which means an individuals rights are observed where as in a “democracy” 51% can dictate what the other 49% of the people can or can’t do.

  • Barry Jay Friedman

    Mr. Jackson: Outstanding analysis and positions….sorely needed. I contend that the politicians aren’t really to blame. This is because the public never takes serious political contenders who come to the table with serious solutions to serious problems…very seriously. They don’t make it past the first round of the primaries. Mr. Jackson is correct about the pathetically lazy and therefore uninformed public, that not only knows about Beyonce and Lady Gaga (don’t forget keeping up with the Kardashians!), but doesn’t know what is in the federal budget and who the Supreme Court Justices are, much less what a credit debt swap is. The point about not wanting to pay for more entitlements and services with increased taxes is blatantly obvious, yet the average Joe Six-pack “citizien” out there misses it every time, but stating that if we just cut out the government waste and foreign aid and extra bureaucrats, then everything will be fine. They don’t understand that we could fire every single federal worker (about 2.5 million of them) and still have a huge federal deficit.

    Bottom line…the public gets what they deserve, and until the public takes its citizenship responsibilities seriously, instead of listening to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, or only to Bill Maher on the other side, they are failing their nation and its “democracy”.

    Mr. jackson, let have lunch or a drink sometime and discuss how we can address these problems…seriously.

    Barry Friedman

  • Jim

    Mr. Jackson.
    Your opinion regarding:”Republicans claim to be against preference programs—affirmative action, minority set-asides, etc. But, yet they support preference programs for veterans (those who served in the military)”
    THERE is a difference HIRING someone solely based on race, and hiring someone who swore an oath, put on a uniform, surrendered their freedoms for several years and sacrificed. As compared to current Affirmative Action requirements that hire someone based ONLY on race, and not ability.
    ADDITIONALLY, a soldier/sailor/airman/Marine, have already proven themselves as capable and dependable. PREFERENTIAL(?) hiring with veterans has been color blind. A.A. is not.
    HERE’S a point. WHY don’t you get every member of the Congressional Black Caucus to vote away veteran rights, veteran re-employment, veteran preference in hiring? See how that goes over.