Conservatives Are Not Nice People

They are cowardly, cold hearted, self-serving, crowd following, lying crooks. So says Lee at the Bama Blog.

UA’s law school has created the “Morris Dees Awardto be given to:

lawyers who uphold the qualities of courage, compassion, innovative leadership, public service, and ethical excellence; the sculpted award will symbolize these values.

Lee says:

I get the feeling that conservatives need not apply.

Lee, you are being unfair to conservatives. Sure, some of them do stuff like mock six year old Jewish kids who complain about being called “Jew Boy” at school. Or say Supreme Court Justices who they do not like ought to be killed. Or urge torturous death for newspaper editors. Or advocate for the execution of homosexuals. Or rejoice at the prospect of terrorists destroying American cities. Or tell reporters that Congressmen who oppose the Iraq war should be shot by our soldiers. Or suggest indiscriminately killing one hundred million Muslims. Or hope that when the terrorists do strike, the official policy will be to save the rich, while leaving the poor to die. Or promote shooting illegal aliens as a solution to immigration problems. But these isolated incidents do not mean there are no conservatives who “uphold the qualities of courage, compassion, innovative leadership, public service, and ethical excellence.”

Not all conservatives are gay-bashing, immigrant-hating, racist, money hungry, police-state-creating, theocratic crooks. Some of them actually believe in limited government, natural rights, the rule of law, individual liberty and the primacy of reason. Those conservatives, I think, have an excellent shot at winning the award.  

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2 Comments on “Conservatives Are Not Nice People”

  1. Lee P Says:

    Nice try with the sarcasm, but I’m afraid you missed the point. I find it highly unlikely that a conservative will ever receive this award, but that has absolutely nothing to do with the award’s selection criteria, which I agree sounds fairly innocuous. The reasons that “conservatives need not apply” are:

    1) The award is named for Morris Dees, the founder and chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center. As you know, the SPLC is a left-wing activist group based here in Alabama. Now, there’s not necessarily anything wrong with “left-wing activist groups,” per se, but Mr. Dees’s association with the new award is a good indication that the favored recipients will be those whose work Mr. Dees would endorse.

    2) The nomination committee is almost entirely made up of Mr. Dees’s ideological compatriots:

    * Mary Bauer is director of the SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project. Last year, she spoke out against a new program to train state and local law enforcement officials here in Alabama to enforce immigration laws, saying that “The role of law enforcement is to develop a level of trust within the community and to enforce the laws that are applic able in that state, and this type of process undermines that abil ity dramatically.” (Montgomery Advertiser, 10/10/2005)

    * Bryan Fair is a professor of law at the University of Alabama. According to his bio page at the UA Law School’s web site:”he teaches Constitutional Law; Race, Racism, and the Law; Gender and the Law; and First Amendment. He writes primarily about race.” He is also a liberal, as anyone who has taken his classes or heard him speak knows. (That’s not a criticism of Prof. Fair…I’m merely illustrating that the members of this committee share an ideology about what constitutes “courage, compassion, innovative leadership, public service.” From all I’ve heard, Professor Fair is a very good teacher.)

    * Marcia Greenberger is co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, a radical feminist advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. In April 2004, it released a report on the Bush administration, entitled, “Administration Rolling Back Progress for Women and Girls with Policies That Are Out of Sight & Out of Touch.” The NWLC has strongly opposed almost all of President Bush’s judicial appointments, including that of Bill Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    * Marjorie Press Lindblom is co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. According to the organization’s web site: “The Committee’s major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. Given our nation’s history of racial discrimination, de jure segregation, and the de facto inequities that persist, the Lawyers’ Committee’s primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans in particular, other racial and ethnic minorities, and other victims of discrimination, where doing so can help to secure justice for all racial and ethnic minorities.” It is a fierce advocate of racial preferences, and opposed the nominations of Samuel Alito and John Roberts to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    * Tisha R. Tallman is regional counsel for the Atlanta Office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which bills itself as the “leading nonprofit Latino litigation, advocacy and educational outreach institution in the United States.” It supports bilingual education, new legal protections for illegal immigrants, opposes “English-only” legislation, and opposed the nomination of John Roberts as Chief Justice.

    Need I go further? The selection committee for UA Law’s new Morris Dees Award is not just made up of liberals – it is made up of liberal activists. I think it’s quite clear that what I said – that “no conservative need apply,” is right on.

  2. wheeler Says:

    according to these bios, these are folks who have dedicated themselves to helping create a more just and fair society. the award is for people who “uphold the qualities of courage, compassion, innovative leadership, public service, and ethical excellence.” i see no reason to conclude that otherwise honest people will rule out nominees based solely on the nominee’s party or political ideology.

    rather, if there are few conservative winners, it is because, by and large, today’s “conservatives” are typified by the behavior i summarized in the post. in other words, conservatives won’t win not because they are conservatives, but because their so-called conservatism leads them into actions that are inconsistent with the criteria for the award.

    now, personally, i think someone who was a real conservative could certainly win this award. unfortunately, such types are a bit thin on the ground these days. for most self-styled conservatives today, conservatism has nothing to do with a political and social philospophy of individual liberty, natural rights and the rule of law. rather, it is a collection of random beliefs on immigration, war, abortion, gay people, church and state, the environment, race and crime. for the worst of them, it just absolute loyalty to george bush.


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