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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Politics: Bush Cheats On Civil Rights, Too

Pic from the inimitable Fez o'Snark

Why is anyone surprised that Bush used unethical manoeuvres to stack the Civil Rights Commission with opponents of civil rights? Okay, maybe surprised isn't the right word to use. Maybe we're all just infuriated again. That's Shrubya's strategy. Keep outraging the average American with new unethical behaviours until they collapse from rage. Meanwhile, your friends get rich, and you're looking at retirement with a nice libarry. Even if it only contains comix and coloring books.

From Charlie Savage at the Boston Globe comes the story of how Bush stacked the Civil Rights Commission.
Critics say Bush in effect installed a fifth and sixth Republican on the panel in December 2004, after two commissioners, both Republicans when appointed, reregistered as independents.

"I don't believe that [the law] was meant to be evaded by conveniently switching your voter registration," said Commissioner Michael Yaki, one of the two remaining Democrats.
If the son-of-a-turtle really wanted independents on that board, he'd go out and find them. What he wanted was puppets and turncoats, who could give the appearance of impartiality as they gnawed away at the very foundation of the organization.

These people - the Shrubbites - sicken us to the very depths of our soul. They have no morals, no ethics, no pride, no honour - nothing decent within them. In their world, it's okay to lie, cheat, grovel, pander, engage in any kind of abhorrent behaviour, as long as they win. They care nothing for the beauty of the game, or the honour of the country, or the merit of their positions. Winning is all. Sleaze is all.

Rightwing loons complained bitterly that Bill Clinton had disgraced the nation by getting a blowjob from a woman intern. Yet these same people find no dishonour in their closeted homosexuality, their toilet pickups, their parking lot parades in women's underwear, their assault on underage people, their looting of the treasury, their financial scheming to deprive ordinary people of their homes, their jobs, their pensions, their rights, their very last penny. They feel no shame about denying health care to millions of children. No regret about lying the nation into a war that has broken the economy and shattered the lives of nearly 35,000 men and women and their families. No horror at dragging the country's good name through the mud by using on many innocent human beings the same reprehensible tactics that we rightly condemned Germany and Japan for using, a mere sixty-some years ago.

How can we talk about human rights to anyone, now that our nation has been found to use the same tactics as other nations that we want to condemn? How can we call Pakistan to account for brutalizing protesters when we cage our protesters so the war criminal in charge never even has to see them at all? How are we different from Pakistan and Burma? Only in degree. We do a little less than they do - but there's no guarantee that that will always be the case, is there?

Not when we, the people, don't even notice what the administration is doing, as it slowly erodes each and every right our forefathers once fought for.
The commission has also stopped issuing subpoenas and going on the road to hold lengthy fact-finding hearings, as it previously did about once a year. The commission had three planned hearings in the works when the conservative bloc took over and canceled them. Instead, the panel has held only shorter briefings, all but one of which was in Washington, from invited specialists.
Just like the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission), the Civil Rights Commission is no longer doing its job, thanks to the skewing of its composition.

This is how they take our rights away. Bit by bit. Little by little. Slowly, quietly, like a thief in the night. Read the article. It's chilling.

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