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.