SCOTUS Term Shows Obama’s Frequent Anti-Civil Liberties Positions

Here are some stats from the just-finished Supreme Court term that shows that President Obama continues to be out of step with liberal values on criminal justice and civil liberties issues. Especially on criminal justice issues, his position aligns with the conservatives more often than the liberals.
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Meet the New Texas BOE Chair; Same as the Old Texas BOE Chair

Given the long history of putting ignorant creationists in charge of the Texas State Board of Education, it’s hardly a surprise that Gov. Greg Abbott has named a Liberty University grad to that position. But there’s an added bonus: She’s also a homeschooling parents who opposes public schools. My friends at the Texas Freedom Network respond:
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Black People For the Confederate Flag? Yep

As the controversy over flying the Confederate flag on public buildings and property rages on, there are actually black people coming out in favor of it. Their position is baffling, to say the least, especially one Virginia woman who says that “slavery was a choice” because they could have just died instead. Seriously.
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Carson Strikes the Reluctant Candidate Pose

One of the most ridiculous rituals in American politics is when political candidates pretend that they don’t really want the jobs they’re running for, but they just could not say no to all those millions of voters who, in their imagination, pleaded with them to run because they were the only ones who could save the country. I’m talking to you, Ben Carson.
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Black and White Wingnuts Bridge the Racial Divide

In this day of racial strife, it’s good to see some of the most extreme voices of the far right, black and white alike, join hands to “pray and bring attention to the struggles of our great nation and the attempts to divide the races” at a 4th of July event at Gettysburg.

Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist who says that John McCain should be hung for treason, is joining hands with James David Manning, the even-further-right-wing extremist who thinks Starbucks flavors its coffee with gay semen and that gay people should be stoned to death to promote racial healing. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re black and white, it only matters whether you’re a deranged bigot with views just slightly this side of Adolf Hitler. Can’t we all just get along?