For Dems, No One ‘Plays By the Same Rules’

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Yet all of the above pales in comparison to Democrats’ obsession with race- and gender-based policies. College admission quotas, minority and gender set-asides in government contracts, and lowering test scores or physical requirements to ensure greater minority or female participation can be called many things, but meritorious not one of them. Again, one can argue about the need for race and gender preferences, but there is no question two different sets of rules apply. Rules that have engendered both confusion and anger. College admission quotas at the University of Michigan law school were approved by the Supreme Court in 2003, even as they disallowed them for U of M’s undergraduate admissions. Six years later, the same court ruled in favor of 20 Connecticut firefighters who sued after a promotion exam was scrapped because no black employees scored well enough to advance.

Furthermore protecting a non-level playing field can yield Orwellian results. When the voters of California decided to end affirmative action in state programs in 1996, the law was temporarily blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, who argued that eliminating race- and gender-based preferences would disproportionally affect those who benefited from them–thus violating the equal protection clause of the Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment. In other words, having everyone play by the same rules would be an undue burden on those used to special treatment.

Speaking of Orwellian, such instincts are exactly what animates this administration and its supporters with respect to their latest assault on freedom of religion. To be blunt, the president has it exactly backwards. It is not religious institutions that wish to be held to a different set of rules, but those who would kick the First Amendment to the curb–the one that establishes the exact same religious standard for everyone–in order to accommodate the abortion-on-demand constituency. Thus, when Democrats and the president speak about finding an “accommodation” to address religious peoples’ concerns, they are being both arrogant and disingenuous: no member of the government has the option of deciding whether or not accommodate clauses contained in the Constitution. They are bound by it–all of it.

Despite all their high-minded pronouncements to the contrary, Democratic agenda has long been defined by different people playing by different sets of rules. From  game-rigging health-care waivers and crony-capitalist “green energy” boondoggles, to class-warfare tax policies and different sets of standards based on one’s race and/or gender, America has at least one political party dedicated to the idea that a meritocratic society can only be achieved, ironically as it sounds, by lots of Americans playing by different sets of rules. Their aim? Yet another distortion: equality of opportunity must yield to equality of results, regardless of talent, ambition or effort.

Even more ironically, for Democrats, anything less than an equal outcome is de facto evidence that someone is playing by a different set of rules, and must be brought to heel by any means necessary–even if it means bending the rules in the process.

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  • Rifleman

    If hussein really wanted everyone to play by the same rules he wouldn’t have granted all those obamacare waivers, ignored federal rulings against his administration, or rooked secured creditors to pay off the unions in his auto bailout. If the dp really thought everyone should play by the same rules, they wouldn’t want to change them every time power changes hands between them and the GOP.

    Writing campaign commercials for the GOP should be like shooting fish in a barrel.

    • fiddler

      Though Newt may not win, he definitely raised the issue of media BIAS. Whoever wins needs to be alert enough in questioning to detect Obamanista traps laid by the ostensibly "fair" media.

      Georgie Step-on-all-of-us and his ilk need to be called out for the partisans they are.

  • mrbean

    If either Romney or Santorum is elected President, they must make their first order of business to repeal Obama care 100%, no peacemeal compromise gestures to 'get along" . Whoever is the Republican president should clean house of all Obama appointees, especially everty lawyer inthe Justice Department. There is one exception, and rgar is keeping General Peatras as head of the CIA. It was when he took over from the Clintonist Panetta that we found Osama bin Laden and killed him. Of course, Obama took the credit.

  • StephenD

    Great work here Mr. Ahlert. Do as I say not as I do seems to be the modus operandi for this Administration. I still can't get over the President exposing his outright Hypocrisy when he chocked up lamenting the death of a 10 year old girl in the Arizona killing by a mad man while at the same time granting waivers to 4 countries to continue receiving our tax dollars in aid even if they use children as soldiers! The man is a hypocrite from the pits of hell. Pointing this out is all that should be necessary. There is no excuse for granting such waivers…EVER. I’d love to see a GOP candidate call him out on this one issue. Let’s hear the smooth talker ‘s excuses now.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I want a president that will stop paying our enemies. Perhaps Obama is in league with our enemies.

  • alexander

    Another RIP-OFF:
    GREAT AIRPORT THEFT: when you bring a piece of meat, even smoked sausage in a heat-sealed package or canned meat, airport workers take them away from you and "throw them away"…..The very same meats/sausages you may buy in any ethnic store in, e.g. N.Y. or Chicago.
    Somehow I think those airport workers have free meats/saugages, don't you???

  • fiddler

    Another example is Eric Holder not wanting to pursue prosecution for people standing outside of a polling place in PA (2008) in militia garb toting baseball bats and night sticks. One only wonders the front page coverage if "certain others" had done that.

    We have example after example; the latest being the absolute disparity in comparing Tea Partiers with Occupy Wall Street. Do we actually have to describe the excrement smell, the rapes, the overt civil disobedience to people compared to thoughtful people remembering to pick up the trash?

    Whoever wins the nomination should let the sparks fly as to the myriad miscues, not the least being the phoney "recovery" we are in. Break out the charts, enumerate the experts, and CHALLENGE the administrations assertions. While they are at it pursue overt media enablement and regurgitating WH dogma. After all they are responsible for truthfulness, regardless who they think is right. They have "consumers": US, and we have a say in the quality of the "product" we are receiving.

  • Robert A. Hall

    I wish they would play be the rules I’ve played by. I pay off my credit cards every month. My only debt is $97k on a $160k 2/2 1300 SF condo we bought in 2009 (now worth under $130k thanks to the continued CRA-driven housing deflation). I worked all my life, always bought less house and car than we could have qualified for. I’m still working despite having pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal illness that kills more people than breast cancer, but gets far fewer research dollars under the “rules,” as it’s not a political disease. I make a comfortable middleclass salary, but well under Obama’s rich level of $250k. I went to college on the GI bill I earned as a Marine in Vietnam, worked all through school and came out debt-free, so I didn’t need to crap in public parks to protest.

  • Robert A Hall


    And I pay a hell of a lot of taxes every year to support public unions, trail lawyers, people who bought larger houses though they earned less and others who play by the Democrats’ rules for buying votes with working folks’ tax dollars. I live in Cook County where you can read about Democrat-union corruption daily in the Tribune—at least the little they uncover. And I’m damned mad and bitter, so I’m clinging, I guess, to God and guns. I think the Democrats’ rules are driving us to fiscal collapse, followed by social and political collapse, and that Greek-style entitlement riots are the best we can expect. I think there will be violence, as the promises cannot be redeemed. I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    All royalties go to help wounded veterans
    For a free PDF of my book, write tartanmarine(at)

  • George Peyton

    "Even more ironically, for Democrats, anything less than an equal outcome is de facto evidence that someone is playing by a different set of rules, and must be brought to heel by any means necessary–even if it means bending the rules in the process."

    Not true, Democrats are very much in favor of unequal outcomes, as long as they are the ones that come out on top.

    Partial libertarian = wholly tyrannical

  • Brittanicus

    Frosty Wooldridge said in his latest article:

    Every indicator that our country is failing shows up daily with 15 million unemployed, 7 million underemployed, 46 million Americans subsisting on food stamps, $700 billion annual trade deficit, $15 trillion national debt, endless wars that cost $15 billion monthly and thousands of kids dropping out of high school daily. I have said it before: illiteracy defines a third world country. With 42 million functionally illiterate Americans, we are well on our way. Nonetheless, Congress pumps over 125,000 immigrants into this country every 30 days. I am beyond exasperated as to why and how we can do this to our country.

    Learn more at NumbersUSA, how the government is defying the U. S. Constitution and the laws that govern us. Investigate even more the terrible penalty our nation pays, for unending spending on foreign nationals by Googling—“AMERICAN PATROL.” Seek out your politician either by phone at 202-224-3121, or go their office in person. Proclaim to them they are–OUT–if they vote for any kind of AMNESTY, disguised as Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Remember–this is not about any racial make-up, nationality or color, its strictly about illegal immigration, that America cannot afford any more. Even if your from Europe, the Pacific rim, Africa, Canada or any South American country; if you illegal, they should be detained and deported.

    When the States of Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, Indiana and South Carolina is being financially crippled by the illegal alien invaders, it is undeniable that something smells of government corruption. These states have spoken out on behalf of their taxpayers, especially the border state of Arizona. Using fake ID, of exceptionally good quality unlawful nationals are able to qualify for food stamps, WICC and other public assistance programs. It is way past time that many incompetent administrations stopped this fraud? The only possible way is to issue every eligible US citizen and others able to qualify a National ID card, which can be substantiated?

    Our Social Security numbers and other documentation has been compromised, as seen in the overwhelming amount of victims that is unceasing spreading across our nation.

    Important: Voter fraud does exist and our only chance of fair and impartial elections, from now until the November Presidential is every citizen show official Identification. Non citizens have been registered to vote and will again in all electoral cycles, which could cause major issues in a close vote. Fake ID has been around for years, but is more prevalent now than ever before?