They say that even a stopped watch is right twice a day, but unfortunately no clever saying has been devised for those who are never wrong.
While this has long been the case on the American political scene, two recent examples stand out, one involving a rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The other relates to the latest disclosure in the ongoing so-called Russia scandal — you know the one, in which each new earth-shattering revelation that emerges is overshadowed only by the next the following day.
As a proud unaffiliated voter who often stands at the precipice and stares into the abyss on each side caused by the shortcomings of both Democrats and Republicans, I’d like to think their actions are judged by the same litmus test.
Or maybe the same way a ballgame is officiated by a referee or umpire. If a game is called loosely, or tight, the only thing I ask as a fan is that it be called the same way for both sides.
But evidently, those associated with turmoil in the two recent examples I cited never enrolled in Fair Play 101 in school.
Take the rally in Charlottesville, which was conducted by the Ku Klux Klan to protest a decision to remove statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park and to defend Southern heritage.
Of course, the KKK is not popular with anyone — except for sellers of white sheets, but the Constitution does allow it and any other group to conduct a peaceful assembly under the First Amendment right to free speech.
The KKK members obtained permission to hold the rally in Charlottesville, which was greeted by about 1,000 counterprotesters.
Now keep in mind that the Klan has a reputation as a violent hate group, which was not manifested in any way at Saturday’s event.
Ironically, the only acts of hate and violence were perpetrated by the counterprotesters, who increasingly became agitated, more aggressive and pushed toward police officers along with blocking streets and exits. Individuals also were spraying pepper gel at police, throwing items at the officers and refusing to disperse.
Police ultimately declared the scene an “unlawful assembly” and fired tear gas into the crowd of unruly protesters to get them to disperse. Twenty-two were arrested, four on felony charges including wearing masks in a public place and assaulting a law enforcement officer.
(Remember, the counterprotesters were there to oppose hate and violence on the part of the KKK.)
However, that contradiction appeared to be lost on those folks, who then also had the audacity to criticize the use of tear gas by police and for their protection of the Klansmen.
It’s often said that the way to determine someone’s degree of fairness is to see how they react when rules are applied to their detriment instead of their benefit.
Imagine what would happen if, for example, a Black Lives Matter rally was held where contempt was expressed for police and sentiment for actually killing officers — which has been associated with the BLM movement — and some other group mounted a counterprotest.
Even though the dynamics would be the same as the Charlottesville rally, you can bet the counterprotesters somehow would be found at fault and not the Black Lives Matter folks — even if the counterprotesters were not aggressive at all.
So what sometimes happens is groups of far-left Fascists think they are justified in reacting to a peaceful protest with violence, but would scream to high heaven if someone peacefully protested one of their hate-spewing events.
Can you say double standard?
This brand of hypocrisy also has manifested itself in the recent disclosure that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney during last year’s presidential campaign who promised to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Naturally this has caused another meltdown by those on the far left who think Trump Jr.’s actions were the worst atrocity since the Spanish Inquisition, despite the fact he apparently broke no laws.
Meanwhile, they are totally mum when it comes to the blatant lawbreaking on the part of Clinton in maintaining illegal computer servers and mishandling classified information, for which she could be jailed a long time.
And what do you think would happen if Clinton had been offered damaging information about Trump? She would’ve jumped at the chance while fearing no repercussions.
Here again, there’s a double standard that makes me hearken back to my earlier sports analogy:
If you want to prosecute people, then prosecute everybody — not just those you oppose — or else give everyone a free pass and shut up once and for all.
Tom Joyce is a staff writer for The Mount Airy News. He may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.