People for the (new) American Way

With Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Monday, People for the American Way is rushing to defend her nomination by urging reporters to trash Frank Ricci,the New Haven fireman whose discrimination suit was dismissed by Sotomayor and other judges in the 2nd Circuit. Shades of Frank the Plumber. This despicable practice of dragging people through the mud was first tried by American Way with Robert Bork and when that succeeded, extended and perfected for Clarence Thomas. But those gentleman at least were the actual nominees – People for the American Way now goes afterperipheral figures because, in their hate-distorted view, anyone who stands in the way of their goals is fair game and can be destroyed with complete moral justification. This is disgusting.

UPDATE: Exactly how distorted and hateful have these awful people become? They’ve abandoned their own principles and goals, as outlined in their “Mission Statement”

Our Mission and Vision

People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way.

Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

Our operational mission is to promote the American Way and defend it from attack, to build and nurture communities of support for our values, and to equip those communities to promote progressive policies, elect progressive candidates, and hold public officials accountable.

In case you’ve forgotten, Frank Ricci was a New Haven fireman who took a test for promotion, scored highest on that test, and sued, along with other white firefighters who had scored better than others, when the test was thrown out and several blacks were promoted instead solely because of their race. Ricci claimed he had been discriminated against because of his race, Sotomayor said, “so what” and the United States Supreme Court ruled otherwise and in favor of Ricci.

Now if you apply their mission statement to them, People for the American Way should support Ricci for his stand against discrimination, his desire to pursue his dreams and his participation in our nation’s civic life by suing to obtain judicial relief from an illegal act. Instead, the group is trying to defame and destroy his character because a greater good: the appointment of Judge Sotomayor, is at issue. This echoes the American Communist Party’s actions during the 30’s and 40’s.


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7 responses to “People for the (new) American Way

  1. greenmtnpunter

    These bullies must be opposed at every turn by hitting them back twice as hard. Then they will understand. Suggest you put Whittaker Chambers autobiography on your reading list to find out how the Commies operated in the ’30’s and ’40’s. These people are despicable fanatics, use the Big Lie at every turn and will stop at nothing. They are the enemy within and need to be defeated by any and all means necessary.

  2. greenmtnpunter

    At the Sotomayor confirmation hearings it will be the perfect stage to reprise Welch’s sanctimonious lecture to Joe McCarthy “Have you no shame in damaging the reputation of this young lad, at long last have you no shame?” This time the lucky actor gets to lecture Looney Leahy in front of a live TV audience with Frank Ricci seated nearby playing the part of the innocent victim of the left’s smears. Of course, the climatic moment coming after recapping the left’s history of smearing GOP SCOTUS nominees Bork and Thomas. Time to get even and inflict some real pain on the Dimocrats. Who would like to get up on his high horse and give that command performance? Jon Voigt, for example, could deliver the lines very convincingly, but I would prefer a GOP pol, or 2, who never have a chance to play this role.

    • christopherfountain

      What’s interesting is that the dreaded right has really been very restrained with Sotomayor. No one has mentioned her relationship with Deborah Batts, her companion on the bench, and no one is giving serious attention to her tax problems. The first issue is irrelvant but taxes seem like a suitable area of inquiry.

  3. Anonymous

    One of the firefighters who joined the suit was hispanic, Lt. Ben Vargas. (see NYT article July 2) He is scheduled to testify at the confirmation hearings.

  4. greenmtnpunter

    Sotomayor Hearings: We need more bread and circuses following the Michael Jackson 3 ringer. The hearings will be a suitable summer replacement for American Idol and will provide a badly needed ratings boost for struggling cable and network news, perhaps a “Last Hurrah” for the NY Times as well.

  5. John in Derby

    Tax problems, yeah that one crushed Mr. Giethner. It seems to be a new world out there and I can’t say that I like it to much.

  6. John in Derby