VAT: Authentic or sincere

Often ideology disguises personal ambition; authenticity disguising the lack of sincerity.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was undoubtedly an authentic liberal on the Supreme Court. However, her authentic liberal mask hid her lack of sincerity for the cause. As she was for many years in poor health, she was often encouraged by the liberal community to retire during the Obama years so that he could nominate another liberal in her place who would have a significantly higher life expectancy to push the liberal agenda. She simply refused as she liked her job. Her personal ambition trumped her political agenda. Had she been sincere, she would have retired some years back.

Likewise, there are many who rarely participate in religious activities, yet pray to God in difficult times; not authentic but clearly sincere.