The land of the free hypocrites

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‘The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.’ — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Move over, misery. Hypocrisy loves company, too.

ITEM 1: The University of California-Berkeley is the proud home of America’s free-speech movement, going back to the mid-60s. Yet when the Berkeley College Republicans invited Brietbart editor and antagonist to liberals Milo Yiannopoulos to speak, all silence broke loose.

That is, the speaking engagement was canceled because a peaceful demonstration by some 1,500 protesters was followed by rioting from about 150 black-clad zealots who threw Molotov cocktails and smashed windows. Their objective of denying what they deem dangerous hate speech provided a pillar of hypocrisy on the very campus that lionized free speech no matter how much it offended or hurt.

The violence wasn’t directed at mere facilities, either. According to Rolling Stone and other sources, several Trump supporters on campus were injured by gutless, hooded rioters.

Looking for a little extra irony? The violent cancellation of the Yiannpoulos appearance had been scheduled for the university’s new Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union Center.

ITEM 2: Idaho is known for its great potatoes, spectacular scenery and for its aversion to federal overreach.

Then again, maybe that last item depends on who’s occupying the White House.

Common Core? Gay marriage? Obamacare? Those are just three of many supposed federal mandates that Idaho legislators have railed against, doing their best to shove back down Uncle Sam’s throat — sometimes investing many hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to fight in court.

Then along comes a bill this session introduced by a Caldwell Republican. The bill would withhold state sales tax funds from cities and counties that ignore or obstruct federal immigration policy.

Never mind that Idaho has no so-called “sanctuary” cities or counties. The bill’s sponsor said he wants to circumvent any eventual attempts at the local level that might try to skirt President Trump’s proposed federal immigration policies.

In Idaho, the chest-pounding theme of local control apparently applies only to those edicts out of D.C. with which the ruling party disagrees. And don’t look too closely, citizens. They’d prefer you not remember the local control hypocrisy from last session, when the Idaho Legislature deprived cities and counties of the ability to set their own minimum wages.

‘I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.’ — William F. Buckley Jr.

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