For those who are watching another document scandal unfold with President Joe Biden, as it did with former President Donald Trump not so long ago, are probably shaking their heads every time they witness the arguments both Republicans and Democrats make to respond to their critics. Both parties deem their own to be innocent and accuses the other side with hypocrisy. For those who live, eat, and drink the dirty politics of our times, politics and hypocrisy are conjoined siblings. One cannot exist with the other.
There is no need to shake your head anymore. Accept it just as you accept the fact that corrupt men corrupt absolutely. Without hypocrisy, we would not have revenge congressional investigations, which have become, traditionally, part and parcel of a large web of accountability; or as most would say, part of the checks and balances our democracy keeps testing.
So, while it frustrates both of the die-hard ideological spectrum, it is a necessity to keep corruption in check. Or, at least, as much of corruption as we can in a House where power is an aphrodisiac that jolts the brain into total submission to its trappings..
Will we learn something new from the Jim Jordan chairmanship of the Oversight Committee?
There is no doubt that the difference between both presidential scandals are worthy of our elaborate attention. On one hand, we have a former U.S. President who hated the very institutions of our government and worked outside their norm and traditions, and on the other other, we have a sitting U.S. President who exemplifies the very core of our political establishment as it stands in this country.
In other words, Trump could have sold the documents he retained on purpose, and Biden would never contemplate such a route for documents that we still don’t know if their retention was accidental. That’s what it comes down to, really. That’s the important difference we must never discard.
We are the spectators looking in on two scandals, one of which is on the outside looking in. A two layers of Shakespearean intrigue like no other we ever witnessed in our history, which makes both the in-your-face politics and the hypocrisy, for some, too extreme to accept.
And unfortunately, the more extreme politics are, the more outrageous hypocrisy becomes. This is exactly what the American voters are experiencing today in contemplating the parallels between two equally undesirable scandals as Trump’s extremism settles in a new revenge Congress eager for its own Le Malade Imaginaire.
Will we learn something new from the Jim Jordan chairmanship of the Oversight Committee? Possibly. If we keep our eyes on the checks and balances factor rather than the theatrics we are about to witness.