The Philadelphia Eagles NFL team is condemning the social media posts of their player DeSean Jackson, who, on Monday, shared antisemitic conspiracy theories on his Instagram. In a statement obtained by this reporter and posted to Twitter, the team deemed the posts “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling,” and said they are “committed to continuing to have productive and meaningful conversations with DeSean.”
The statement, however, outraged many for not even mentioning the word antisemitism. StopAntisemitism.org, a popular watchdog group exposing Jew hatred, wrote on Twitter of the Team’s statement, “Desean Jackson QUOTED HITLER to his 1.4 MILLION #instagram followers. He is promoting a genocidal MANIAC who murdered 6 million Jews. He THEN reiterated ANOTHER quote that Jews are taking over the world. HE DESERVES TO BE FIRED!”
The team’s Owner Jeffrey Lurie and it’s General Manager Howie Roseman are both Jewish. Roseman didn’t respond to this reporter’s request for comment on the situation and the story will be update if and when one is received.
The Eagles’ Public Relations Director Brett Strohsacker also didn’t respond to a follow-up to the team’s statement immediately. This reporter asked the following questions to Strohsacker and will update the story if and when a response is provided:
“Does the team recognize these posts as anti-Semitic? I know some of your team’s leadership are Jewish, as am I. Are you at all considering firing Jackson for espousing such hate?”
Jackson’s post, along with several other posts, remained on his social media page. That includes his posts lauding notorious antisemite Louis Farrakhan.
The hateful excerpt posted Monday, attributed to genocidist Adolf Hitler, said, “because the White Jews knows that the Negroes are the Real Children of Israel and to keep Americas secret the Jews will blackmail America.”
“They will extort America, their plan for wold domination won’t work if the Negroes know who they were,” it continued, “The white citizens of America will be terrified to know that all this time they’ve been mistreating and discriminating and lynching the Children of Israel.”
Jackson later clarified that many wrongly interpreted his posts as messages of hate towards the Jewish community. He then pointed to the one portion of the quote that referred to white Jews’ “plan for world domination”, saying it “won’t work if the Negroes know who they were.”
He also issued an apology video recognizing that Hitler was bad and saying he “didn’t mean it to the extent you guys took it” and just wanted to “uplift African Americans.”
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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