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Nelson Mandela

Detecting the Scam

 

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moral authority:
Hypocricy and newt gingrich

We can be scammed by anyone, but, most of the time, the scammer uses the “trust me” routine. He will always assure us that, for some reason or other, we can trust him to match his words and deeds. It might be because of something he has done in his past life, or it might be because of the company he keeps…

We can be scammed by anyone, but, most of the time, the scammer uses the “trust me” routine. He will always assure us that, for some reason or other, we can trust him to match his words and deeds. It might be because of something he has done in his past life, or it might be because of the company he keeps…

But what if we actually knew better than to trust him? What if we suspected that, in his own life, there were signs of hypocrisy? What if this guy had lost his moral authority? As he continued to lean on us using the “trust me” routine, should we blindly trust him under any circumstances?

For the purpose of exploring hypocrisy, let’s forget scams for a moment. Let’s focus instead on where the best examples of hypocrisy reside—the low hanging fruit. Let’s look in the world of politics…

With apologies to Groucho Marx and Newt Gingrich:

If he looks like a hypocrite and acts like a hypocrite, don’t let that fool you. He really is a hypocrite…

As we increasingly see Newt Gingrich all over the television pitching himself as the new voice of the Republican Party; as a representative of family values, and as a newly converted Catholic, we need to remember a few things about Newt:

So, assuming a reasonable argument could be made that Newt Gingrich could make no claim to any moral authority, could he ever claim your support based on the “trust me” shtick? When it came to matching words and deeds on subjects relating to moral authority, wouldn’t you have to discount pretty much anything he said that was based only on the “trust me” routine?

So what’s the conclusion of all this?

Assuming you know the person who is pitching you is a known or suspected hypocrite, that has to cast a heavy cloud on everything he was asking you to do. And if you ignored that cloud, could you ever claim to have been taken by surprise when his words and deeds didn’t match? In that case, if you claimed victimhood, you were not the victim of a scam. You were simply the victim of your own blind trust…

 

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