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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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