Juxtaposition

On the one hand, there are new revelations about the way the Bush administration has managed to plant only people who subscribe to right wing views on gay marriage, abortion, and immigration in the U.S. Justice department.

On the other hand, there is a shooting in a Unitarian church by a guy who was fed hatred by right wing pundits.

The conjunction of these two things in the same place on the space-time continuum makes it look more clear than ever that the fascist shift that Naomi Wolf warned us about is happening.

I am not sure that electing Barack Obama will be enough at this point.  And G-d help us if we don’t elect him.

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~ by realsupergirl on July 29, 2008.

4 Responses to “Juxtaposition”

  1. Wow, it’s going to be hard to break the news to my sister-in-law that she shares Bush’s views on gay marriage, abortion and immigration. That’s going to be big news to her, I wonder how she’ll take it?

  2. I take it your sister-in-law works for the Justice department? I had no idea. I was (I thought obviously) referring to the NPR and other reports about the investigation into Bush’s mass firings of many people in the Justice department, at many levels of office. If your sister-in-law was exempt from this despite liberal views, good for her. If you need links about this story, let me know – I can provide them.

    There is a hostile tone to your post though. Is there a reason for your hostility?

  3. The news reports I’ve seen report seven cases of firings in the Justice department. That does not qualify as “mass firings” and while there are reports of politicized hirings there are no suggestions that “only people who subscribe [to Bush’s views]” have been hired. Everyone needs to be careful when they make blanket statements or judgments on political decisions that were made or regarding groups of people – I’d think you’d understand that.

  4. Well, here’s the link to the NPR story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91853803

    There are no numbers, as far as I can find, but that it happened “regularly”, and for 4 years, which is a long time. Probably it happened more in some places than others, I imagine, but it was far enough widespread that it makes me pretty nervous.

    “The screening committees in 2002 and 2006 improperly deselected candidates for interviews based on political and ideological affiliations,” the report said.”

    Obviously, this does not mean that everyone with a liberal viewpoint was fired, and probably the ones who are better at keeping their viewpoints to themselves were safe, too. But that’s not really the point of my post, as I would think you could figure out. Why are you picking a fight about this? Are you not at all concerned that judges in this country have been fired because they were rumored to be lesbian, or registered as Democrats, in the case of two such judges they talked about?

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