In a post at The Week Joel Mathis makes a pretty good point:
Hypocrisy by men and women in high places is galling enough on its own. But the real risk is that double standards will melt into no standards at all. If my city’s mayor decides to sidestep the rules — or even good sense — by having an indoor restaurant meal, or taking an out-of-town trip to see family, why shouldn’t I do the same? Every person who decides to follow suit takes the chance of spreading the virus, and its accompanying misery, to a wider group of people.
in which you might see echoes of a point I’ve made myself. Let me ask a question. Which is the worst?
- People in high places who don’t make the right rules and model bad conduct?
- People in high places who make rules and openly exempt themselves from them?
- People in high places who make rules but don’t live up to them themselves?
I think they’re all pretty bad. The fool or knave that wears a title lies.