Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Going rogue... Civil Rights Division-style

When you combine the dubious firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin (covered by us, here), the dropping of the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case (here), the meddling in the city council voting affairs of tiny Kingston, North Carolina because blacks wouldn’t be able to choose Democratic candidates (here) and the efforts of the miserable hack that runs this operation to try KSM and other terrorists in civilian court in New York City, one would have to conclude that it’s been a hell of a first year for Obama’s Justice Department.

Besides the urge to call for the completely justified firing of the aforementioned miserable hack, one might also come to the reasonable conclusion that the above situations represent what a Civil Rights Division within Justice might look like were it run by a bunch of hard-left ideologues. But one would not have to imagine because that is exactly what has happened.

In his State of the Union address , President Obama mentioned the protections enshrined in the Constitution and said, “No matter who you are or what you look like, if you abide by the law, you should be protected by it.” Obama followed this lofty rhetoric with a claim that his Justice Department “has a Civil Rights Division that is once again prosecuting civil-rights violations and employment discrimination.”

As anyone familiar with the Division’s workings can tell you, this assertion is patently false. Obama’s Civil Rights Division will prosecute cases only depending on “what you look like.” If you are white and you are discriminated against in your job, at the polls, or in seeking equal access to federally funded institutions, the Division won’t lift a finger to make sure you’re “protected.”

Hans A. Von Spakovsky has been doing yeoman’s work in covering the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Read his rundown of the rogues gallery of individuals who are currently calling the shots, here.

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