Posted by: bridget | 23 July 2006

Civil Rights and Libertarians

Newest complaint from the Left: no longer a bastion of otherwise unemployable ACLU members, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division accepted resumes from conservatives and, instead of using said resumes for oragami voodoo dolls, has the audacity to hire people who go to church. Rather than work alongside Federalist Society members, Christians, and other degenerate life forms, liberal civil rights attorneys haved abandoned their government posts and have been spotted weeping into Kleenex, holding sit-ins, and engaging in group hugs.

Non-gendered, polytheistic quasi-deity help us!

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/07/23/civil_rights_hiring_shifted_in_bush_era/

The FOIA may have granted the Globe access to resumes, but they conveniently do not mention what percentage of pre-Bush attorneys had strong liberal affiliations, such as with the ACLU or the American Constitutional Society, which would have been helpful in analysing any liberal bias that went into pre-2001 hiring decisions. There was also no mention of whether or not conservative/libertarian attorneys had not applied for positions for which they were qualified or had left the DOJ in droves during a Democrat administration. It is difficult, then, to come to the conclusion that thre is anything sinister about the new hiring scheme. Also, to characterise the Federalist Society, with its strong libertarian contingent, as “conservative” is simply ridiculous.

One mission of the DOJ’s Civil Rights group is to “…review changes to election laws and redistricting to make sure they will not keep minorities from voting.” If someone can explain to me how redistricting prevents black people but not white people from voting, I would be thrilled to hear it. The only remotely racially-biased thing that redistricting accomplishes is to eliminate majority-minority districts, the presence of which are not a basic civil right. (Note, furthermore, that majority-minority districts can be less beneficial to minorities than “influence” districts, in which minorities make up roughly 30-40% of the population. That enables minorities to have a strong voting bloc that is represented by more than one elected official.)

Promise to blog on the ABA issue. Sometime. :)

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