Barack Obama’s Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez can’t wait to get up in the morning and sue Americans and American institutions for being unequal. Not unfair, mind you, but unequal.
Your Creator might have given you equal rights, but Perez is going to create equal outcomes at the behest of his political Messiah, Barack Obama.
PEREZ: “I love this job. We have a very broad, a very ambitious vision. It’s a very exciting vision, and I wake up every morning with a hop in my step.”
Among his “broad” visions? Not allowing colleges to use Kindle readers for textbooks until they became accessible to the blind. No, I’m not kidding.
Maybe we shouldn’t laugh too loud. He might realize the true egalitarian vision would be to make sighted students use Braille to even the playing field.
In a revealing (and scary) portrait of Perez in the Washington Examiner, the great Byron York tells us what makes this utopian egalitarian tick. And much of the time, this progressive puritan seems to worry that somewhere, somehow, somebody has the wherewithal of having more fun than somebody else.
BYRON YORK IN THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Perez is pursuing his goals with a lot of muscle, powered by a major appropriations increase in President Obama’s 2010 budget. “I am going to be calling each and every one of you to recruit you, because we’ve got 102 new positions in our budget,” Perez told the liberal lawyers last year. “One hundred and two people, when added to a base of 715 people. … that’s a real opportunity to make a difference.”
Yippee. The Fairness Police is now a reality. But as York’s article makes clear, Perez is not about fairness of opportunity– a tough enough proposition to enforce– but equality of outcomes.
YORK: Perez is playing a leading role in the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law. He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use “disparate impact theory” to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change. He is even considering a crackdown on Web sites on the theory that the Internet is a “public accommodation” as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To do all this, Perez has come up with some novel ideas. For example, in a recent lending discrimination case, he forced the defendant — who settled the case without admitting any wrongdoing — to pay not only the alleged victims but to funnel $1 million to unrelated “qualified organizations” to conduct social programs.
Hey, if Congress won’t fund ACORN, they can always count on their Uncle Tom Perez.
And even when Perez is fighting actual injustice, he comes across as a guy with a sledgehammer saying “Let me at those flies!”
Really? This rises to the level of an Assistant Attorney General? Note that Perez leaves out the question of why local authorities were not sufficient to prosecute the “father and son team” of racist thugs (who were opposed by local “white people”) or what the remedy was for the backwoods moron who wouldn’t let the HIV positive toddler in his campground.