Sunday :: Nov 13, 2005

Bush Justice Department Ignores Civil And Voting Rights Cases


by Steve

This is your Bush Justice Department at work, five years along now, ignoring votings rights and race, age, and sex discrimination cases against employers in favor of directing its Civil Rights Division staff towards deportation cases. In other words, Bush is turning a blind eye to the original mission of the division, and pleasing his corporate check-writers in the process, by having newly hired and more ideological attorneys pursue politically-driven immigration and deportation cases. These cases don't deal with the civil rights of our citizens, and should be handled by attorneys elsewhere in the federal government.

It sounds like a good campaign issue for Democrats to use against the GOP next year: the Republicans favor letting Big Business discriminate against you because of your age, race, or sex, while also supporting voter disenfranchisement efforts against black voters.

And then there is this:

The Bush administration has filed only three lawsuits -- all of them this year -- under the section of the Voting Rights Act that prohibits discrimination against minority voters, and none of them involves discrimination against blacks. The initial case was the Justice Department's first reverse-discrimination lawsuit, accusing a majority-black county in Mississippi of discriminating against white voters.

The administration’s defense is that each administration gets to do what it wants, as it reflects the voters’ preferences. Really? I don’t remember voters telling us that they support letting Big Business dump older white workers to be replaced with younger cheaper staff. I don’t remember voters telling us that they want the concerns of women and minority workers ignored. And I don’t remember voters telling us that they want voting rights cases ignored either. Yet that is what the Ashcroft and Abu Gonzales Justice Departments have been doing.

And the lame defense at the end of the article, that there is less work for the division in this area because their appellant workload has been reduced as a result of greater agreement between the division and the federal courts? Please, spare me. That is what you get when over 60 percent of the federal bench is now conservative, and doesn't agree with civil, employment, and voting rights to begin with.

Besides, wasn't it the Bushies and the American Taliban that were telling us that the problem was that the courts don't reflect the administration's views? And now the Justice Department is bragging that it's workload is down because the courts do reflect their views?

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