Failure theater: In their typically impotent attempt to fight the leftist movement that is imposing a new racial bigotry across America, several Republicans in Congress have proposed a new special government office in Washington that will be specifically assigned the job of preventing racial discrimination at universities.
The College Admissions Accountability Act, introduced by Sen. J.D. Vance (R., Ohio) and Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), would establish a special inspector general within the Education Department—separate from the Office of Civil Rights—to probe potential violations of the colorblind standard set forth in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, which ruled that race-conscious admissions programs violate the 14th Amendment. The bill would also bar schools that flout the decision from receiving any form of federal aid.
…The bill, which appropriates $25 million for the new role and is cosponsored by Sens. Ted Budd (R., N.C.), Mike Braun (R, Ind.), Josh Hawley (R., Mo.), Eric Schmitt (R., Mo.), and Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), does include a sunset clause that would terminate the office after 12 years. Republicans seem to be betting that recalcitrant universities will, after a decade of robust enforcement, throw in the towel and evolve colorblind norms.
These senators and congressmen, along with several conservative think tanks, think naively that this office will the place for anyone of any race to go to get justice should a university receiving federal funds create a program that specifically excludes them solely because of their race. The aim will supposedly be to target specifically the new Diversity-Inclusion-Equity programs at universities and in governments that are imposing this new discrimination against whites, Asians, and Jews.
The foolishness of this plan is hard to measure. First, it expands the administrative state, which means it by definition increases the power of that bureaucracy to the detriment of Congress and the people who vote them into office. Congress has been doing this for decades, which is why it is now generally so helpless. By handing its responsibilities over to unelected bureaucrats (while simultaneously giving them lots of money to do this work), Congress now finds itself generally powerless to rein those bureaucrats in.
On what planet do these Republicans think this agency will be any different?
Second, it gives this new responsibility to an administrative state that remains deeply hostile culturally to the initial principles of equal treatment before the law. It is this administrative state — specifically the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights — that has allowed bigoted discriminatory programs at universities to spring up nationwide, all purposely aimed at discriminating against whites, Asians, and Jews, even though such programs are expressly forbidden in plain language by numerous civil rights laws. In many ways it is this administrative state that has helped establish critical race theory across America.
On what planet do these Republicans think this agency will be any different? While the first appointees to this office might try to stop the new bigotry of critical race theory, given time it is guaranteed the people running this agency will join the overall Marxist culture that dominates government bureaucracies. Before long, rather than fight the new segregation, this agency will work to support it.
Third, it is an utter fantasy to think this agency will simply disappear after twelve years. As Ronald Reagan said so accurately, “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!” After twelve years, during which this agency will have certainly morphed from an opponent of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to its rabid supporter, Republicans will then find themselves fighting vainly to stop Congress from extending its life. Such fights always fail, and thus this new office will go on, linked arm-in-arm with the rest of the Washington swamp in its effort to gain power over Americans in all things.
Why don’t these damn Republicans for just once use the power that the Constitution actually gives them, to cut funding right off the bat? Why don’t the Republicans who control the House simply refuse to give any funding now to any school with such programs? Why do they need this new agency to do their work for them? Are they so weak and brainless that they can’t do it themselves?
I fear the answer to that last question is more than obvious, and explains why we are where we are today. And the reason we have such bankrupt leadership in Congress is our own fault. We get the government we vote for, and Americans have been asleep at the wheel for many decades.
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