Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Appointed By Scott Walker Once Mocked 'Queers' Who Get AIDS

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) newly-appointed state Supreme Court justice, Rebecca Bradley, once wrote columns calling gay people "queers" and arguing that individuals who get AIDS deserve no sympathy.

Bradley is a conservative judicial superstar, rising through the ranks during Walker's tenure with the support of groups like the Wisconsin Club for Growth. The governor first named her to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 2012, and then he elevated her to Wisconsin Court of Appeals in May 2015. In October, when a vacancy arose on the state Supreme Court, Walker again gave her a plum appointment.

Bradley is now up for a full 10-year term, with voters heading to the polls on April 5.

On Monday, the liberal group One Wisconsin Now released columns Bradley wrote in 1992 for the student newspaper at Marquette University, urging her to resign from office.

In one column, she criticized people trying to bring attention to the AIDS epidemic, hitting "their misdirected compassion for the degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior."

"But the homosexuals and drug addicts who do essentially kill themselves and others through their own behavior deservedly receive none of my sympathy," she wrote in another column.

She also argued that it would be better to get AIDS than cancer, "because those afflicted with the politically-correct disease will be getting all of the funding."

"How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments," she added.

In a statement, Bradley said she was embarrassed by her old writings, but she also argued that those issues having nothing to do with her current work.

"To those offended by comments I made as a young college student, I apologize, and assure you that those comments are not reflective of my worldview," she said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "These comments have nothing to do with who I am as a person or a jurist, and they have nothing to do with the issues facing the voters of this state."

She also called One Wisconsin Now's release of her old columns part of a "blatant mudslinging campaign to distract the people from the issues at hand."

A recent poll found a dead heat between Bradley and her rival, state Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who is favored by liberals.

Original Article
Author:  Amanda Terkel

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