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Saturday, December 18, 2004

Looking for Leadership

posted by Jazz at 12/18/2004 10:29:00 AM

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The outgoing head of the government's Commission on Civil Rights, Mary Frances Berry, has written an op-ed for the Post today. Bush bobbleheads have been cheering in joy over her elimination, since she was a vocal critic of the administration. What they fail to remember is that she has been a vocal critic of every president since Jimmy Carter, who appointed her.

Her piece provides a recap of the state of civil rights in America over the last quarter century, and is well worth the time to read. I'll just share her closing summary with you.

<> Today the nation is crying out for presidential leadership on intractable issues of race, opportunity and rights. A watchdog is still needed: that is the job the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has done.

The president can either squander or seize the moment. His stiff resolve to quiet critics and defeat those he believes may pose a threat to his notion of liberty and justice -- both here and abroad -- can only distance us from the values he has pledged to protect.