Racial quotas, political correctness ignite scandals: the Secret Service, Ft. Hood, GSA.
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So why was not Hasan flagged and removed from duty, pronto? How did he get to be a major in the United States Army in the first place? How did he stay a major when U.S. intelligence knew he was communicating with an al Qaeda leader?
Then-Army Chief of Staff General George Casey provided a disturbing glimpse into just how far the liberal mindset of “diversity” has penetrated the military. (“Diversity” being increasingly seen as a code word for judging others by the politically correct skin color or religion: in the latter case, Muslim.) Said the General in a CNN interview:
“As great a tragedy as this was, it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well,” the Army Chief of Staff also said Sunday. Casey was quick to add that he does not think there is currently discrimination against the roughly 3,000 Muslims who serve in the Army as active duty soldiers or in the reserves.”
Retired General Jack Keane had another view, which he gave to the U.S. Senate in testifying about the incident, which he said showed “just how unacceptable the military’s failure to deal properly with Major Hasan’s radicalization to violent Islamist extremism was.” Keane added the obvious: “….that Hasan’s open displays of violent Islamist extremism was [sic] a violation of military rules calling for good order and discipline.”
All of this, of course, was after the fact. So too was Attorney General Eric Holder’s hotly controversial decision not to try Hasan as a terrorist but rather for the simple act of murder.
But the hard fact was obvious.
Yet another liberal standard — political correctness — had been brought to bear in the U.S. Army in order to find excuses not to deal with Major Hasan. And as a result, 13 servicemen and women are dead.
• Lawsuits and the federal government. What would liberals do without their obsession with trial lawyers? Or Big Government?
The apparent answer? Starve to death.
If you would really like a glimpse of liberal values at work in the government, take a look at this site, a small (?!!) compilation of lawsuits that have been filed against the federal government. Who, specifically, is being sued?
Here’s a partial…a tiny… list:
The Air Force
The Department of Commerce
The Department of Homeland Security
The Social Security Administration
The Bureau of the Census
The Security and Exchange Commission
The Federal Aviation Administration
The U.S. Marshal Service
The Environmental Protection Administration
The Bureau of Engraving
The Department of Health and Human Services
This being Washington, these things can not only cost you — the taxpayer — money in terms of the actual legal costs and monetary awards if applicable. No, there’s always the required congressional investigation to go along with it. And lest you think this is just a partisan Republican versus Democrat thing — think again.
This clip revolves around a complaint of being racially victimized, with a black woman leading the complaint against none other than Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator Carol Browner. Browner, of course, is a longtime liberal ally of then-Vice President Al Gore and returned to government in the Obama White House as the head of the Office of Energy and Climate Change. It was announced in January of this year that Browner was leaving government after her second stint as a senior presidential adviser.
A racist with a penchant for discriminating against minorities and women? Carol Browner? Well, yes went the cry from various black and female EPA employees. So there was a law suit and a decision and a bill to the taxpayers in the form of an award for the alleged “victim’” (depending on the source) either $600,000 or $300,000.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?