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Several years ago, the Rev. Jesse Jackson received a conspicuous media pardon after he referred to New York City as “Hymietown.” This terribly insensitive slur was quickly forgotten after he offered an apologetic explanation worthy of Bill Clinton.

The media and leftist organizers love to forgive — if you’re a liberal.

One need look no further than the pass Bill Clinton received from feminists and the media amid charges of groping reluctant women in the White House — and even raping women prior to his presidency — to see that liberals receive forgiveness while conservatives are condemned for lesser offenses. Compare the virtual silence over the horrifying and documented accusations against Mr. Clinton to the outright lynching Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas experienced over far-less severe accusations (from only one woman).

In fact, if a Republican political leader had been guilty of fathering and secretly supporting an illegitimate child, as has now been revealed about Rev. Jackson, you can bet that shady investigators hired by Larry Flynt and James Carville would have “outed” him a long time ago. Rev. Jackson was conducting this sexual affair at the same time his Democrat colleagues were overseeing their search-and-destroy campaign against Republican lawmakers — and while he was “counseling” Mr. Clinton following the Lewinsky scandal.

Apparently, what Democrats say and do means nothing as long as they continue to tow the leftist line. Never mind that Jesse Jackson utters a racist comment — or is concealing a sexual affair — as long as he is a liberal. Today, he remains the chief spokesperson for African-American Democrats.

On the other hand, how Republicans conduct their lives is apparently meaningless. Never mind that John Ashcroft initiated one of the nation’s first Martin Luther King days, or that he worked to save an African-American college from destruction, or that his wife teaches in a predominately black school, or that he voted to confirm 26 black judges.

He is a conservative, and that’s just bad. The truth found in his life doesn’t matter.

Because of his conservative ideals, Mr. Ashcroft has faced an intensive grilling from Senate Democrats who are zealously attempting to convince Americans that he is an insensitive bigot — primarily because he received an honorary degree from Bob Jones University and he opposed the judicial nomination of a black judge whose judicial rulings are terribly troubling.

It does not matter that a host of Missouri law enforcement officials and several other national police organizations expressed similar trepidation about the nomination of Judge Ronnie White. Instead of trying to understand the justifiable concerns of this good and honorable man, many of John Ashcroft’s political opponents have found it more convenient to let baseless words of “racist” and “bigot” ring out.

Law Enforcement Alliance of America Executive Director James J. Fotis was absolutely right when he said, “The big lie is that opposing the lifetime appointment of a judge who went soft on one of America’s worst cop killers makes Sen. Ashcroft a so-called extremist. With soft-on-crime, anti-death penalty groups against Sen. Ashcroft — and law enforcement and victims groups for Sen. Ashcroft — I think we all know who the real extremists are.”

The real extremists, indeed, are the people who cover their ears when Jesse Jackson spews racist language but cry foul when John Ashcroft thoughtfully attempts to uphold the laws of the land.

“The liberal assault on John Ashcroft is dramatic evidence of the left wing’s desperation to maintain their control of the Justice Department,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. “The coalition of special interest groups and liberal constituencies arrayed against the attorney general nominee is proof positive of what is really at stake — they fear an attorney general with convictions.”

“Liberal Democrats aren’t interested in really working with conservatives, because they believe conservative ideology is illegitimate,” added John Nowacki, deputy director of the Free Congress Foundation’s Center for Law and Democracy. “Most of the Democratic questions for Ashcroft are designed to portray his conservative beliefs as a bar to his confirmation — and their definition of ‘extremist’ simply means ‘not like us.’”

By the way, don’t be fooled into believing that the majority of Americans oppose John Ashcroft. The Free Congress Foundation’s website is now exhibiting more than 200 organizations representing a large variety of issues — including military readiness, education, pro-life issues, tax reform, property rights, family and social issues, constitutional and civil liberties, law enforcement and victim’s rights issues — that support Sen. Ashcroft’s nomination. These organizations represent millions of like-minded Americans. (I am proud to say that my “National Liberty Journal” newspaper is one of those organizations supporting Mr. Ashcroft on the Free Congress page.)

What does the Ashcroft demonization campaign by the left teach us? It clearly shows us that Democrats are being very hypocritical when it comes to this man. Democrats have closed their eyes, covered their ears and gone on the defensive when one of their own exhibits racism. However, they have resorted to the politics of personal destruction — aiming them at a good and decent man — simply because he diligently works to sustain law and order in our nation.

John Ashcroft is the kind of man our nation needs in the office of attorney general. He will ensure that criminals are punished and that all Americans — no matter their race, religion, gender or economic status — have their rights protected.

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