Tarry for the Nonce

May 24, 2006

A Trifecta of Hypocrisy

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 4:33 pm

(As unearthed by the ever-brilliant Best of the Web.)

The ACLU has decided to gag its board members:

The American Civil Liberties Union is weighing new standards that would discourage its board members from publicly criticizing the organization’s policies and internal administration . . .

“Directors should remember that there is always a material prospect that public airing of the disagreement will affect the A.C.L.U. adversely in terms of public support and fund-raising,” the proposals state.

I do not disagree with them. I think that a unified front is perferred in specific scenarios, whatever the internal dissent might be. However, for an organization that champions whistleblowers, this revision of policy is more than a little hypocritical.

Best of the Web also points out that the Boston College protest of Condoleezza Rice was particularly amusing in its hypocrisy:

The campus African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American organization sent a letter to the administration asking that it “stop touting Secretary Rice’s race and gender as justification for her invitation.”

Never mind that race is the basis for the very existence of these groups.

And speaking of race . . . Democrats can consider little else:

Delegate Obie Patterson lamented that his party’s most prominent white leaders — state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, the House minority whip — are backing the Senate bid of Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is white . . .

Mr. [Kweisi] Mfume, 57, a former congressman and former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, last week told The Washington Times that black voters “will feel disaffected” if he is not nominated.

The rest of the article expands on the point, but you know what’s missing? Anything even remotely substantive. What are Mfume’s political positions? Is he radical left? Moderate? Does he want to raise taxes? Does he want to spend more money on education? Who knows? Who cares? The only issue at the fore is whether or not the man’s race makes him the best candidate. He is convinced that it does.

No wonder the party is so out of touch.

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1 Comment

  1. I’ve considered whistleblowing to be an uncovering of corruption or other wrongdoing. Public disagreement of your employer’s policies is something else (IMHO, ‘natch).

    Comment by Howard R — May 25, 2006 @ 4:46 pm


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