Citizens Against Hate

…seeking a kinder and gentler world


Posted by nicolen on November 6, 2007

592173_417325.jpgCall it maneuvering…call it evading…call it whatever you want, but George W. seems to have a predisposition toward all of the above. While this shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone, it should make clear that the Bush Administration has been sneaky, conniving, and unrepresentative of “We the People.”

The Boston Globe reported today that the current President of these United States stacked the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The full article can be found at:

Here are a few quotes from the Globe…

The US Commission on Civil Rights, the nation’s 50-year-old watchdog for racism and discrimination, has become a critic of school desegregation efforts and affirmative action ever since the Bush administration used a controversial maneuver to put the agency under conservative control.

Democrats say the move to create a conservative majority on the eight-member panel violated the spirit of a law requiring that no more than half the commission be of one party. 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.

…the commission has put out a series of reports concluding that there is little educational benefit to integrating elementary and secondary schools, calling for closer scrutiny of programs that help minorities gain admission to top law schools, and urging the government to look for ways to replace policies that help minority-owned businesses win contracts with race-neutral alternatives.

A core mission of the Civil Rights Commission is to use its bipartisan fact-finding power in racial disputes to “gather facts instead of charges [and to] sift out the truth from the fancies,” as Senate majority leader Lyndon Johnson said in August 1957.

In its early days, the commission’s work of collecting evidence of voter discrimination and police brutality laid the groundwork for major civil rights laws. But the panel has stayed on the sidelines in recent controversies with civil rights overtones.

For example, the panel did not investigate allegations that black neighborhoods in Ohio received too few voting machines in the 2004 election or the murky circumstances surrounding a racially charged assault case in Jena, La.

 Bush’s move , represented an unprecedented “escalation” in hardball politics, said Peter Shane, Ohio State University law professor.

The man who would be king – is severely out of order.


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