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Right-Wing Hypocrisy Alert: John Stirrup Version


Prince William County Supervisor (Gainesville District) John Stirrup is running for the Republican nomination for State Senate in the 13th district. On  his website, he lists his “impressive track record of accomplishments in his professional career,” including this item: “worked to pass Trade Promotion Authority to enable the President [Reagan] to negotiate trade agreements; provided normal trade relations with China.”

Why does this qualify for a “right-wing hypocrisy alert?” Very simple. Here are the problems with China, particularly (but certainly not only) from a conservative perspective: 1) China performs abortions like wild, as many as 13 million in 2008 alone; 2) China persecutes Christians; 3) China is…ruled by a bunch of Commies, as in REAL Communists, not the people (Democrats, liberals, progressives) who Teapublicans claim, in their crazy/overheated rhetoric, to be “Communists.” How does John Stirrup reconcile being proud of pushing for “normal trade relations” with an abortion-crazy, Christian-persecuting, Communist regime? Ah, human psychology.

By the way, it’s also interesting that this anti-immigrant tough guy (aka, “bully”) brags about having “served as a political appointee in the Reagan Administration for seven years.” Recall that Reagan “did the A word” (“In 1986, Reagan signed an immigration reform bill, the first in 20 years, that legalized the status for 1.7-million people.”)? We could also get into the fact that Reagan raised taxes multiple times, “nearly tripled the federal budget deficit,” “grew the size of government tremendously,” and – as governor of California – “signed a bill to liberalize the state’s abortion laws that ‘resulted in more than a million abortions.’” So, it’s lovely that John Stirrup’s proud of his service in the Reagan Administration, I just wonder which parts of Reagan’s legacy he disowns? Most of it or all of it?

  • glennbear

    For those who cannot understand the conservative mindset a Canadian college professor published a work a while back studying the authoritarian mindset which is quite common with  conservatives. The book is available as a free download here along with some other writings regarding the 2008 election and the tea party movement:


    The author also has a discussion forum/blog on his site and it  is somewhat amusing to see the right wing responses to his book.

  • sspiker

    This is incredibly weak stuff, right here. Conservatives (and economists of all stripes) have long ago reached a consensus that opening borders for trade benefits everybody. Yes, China has a lot of issues. In your mind, should the proper conservative response be to be isolate them? If anything, normal trade relations will help move China forward as a country. I really don’t understand how anybody without a single-track partisan agenda would even consider this within the realm of “hypocrisy”.  

  • Teddy Goodson

    to the Republican Saint Ronnie, sort of performing the ritual touching of the talisman, secure in the knowledge that most of his marching morons have no recollection of exactly what Saint Ronnie really did. The irony is that Reagan, were he alive in 2011, had too much common sense to be elected by today’s hag-ridden teapartyite ‘publican movement (it no longer is a political party, it is a movement.