At long last we have an explanation for the Eric Holder appointment. A recently uncovered memo has revealed the hiring practices of the Department of Justice focus on employing those with intellectual disabilities.
A memo from within the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division obtained by Pajamas Media shows that the Justice Department not only hires, but makes a point of hiring people with so-called “intellectual disabilities,” mental disorders and other problems, some of which could easily be seen to effect one’s competence.
The directive by Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, dated May 31, 2012, authorizes Justice Department officials to recruit those who self-identify as suffering from a psychiatric disorder or intellectual disability.
PJ Media notes that the directive allows DoJ officials to hire those disabled recruitment targets through “non-competitive” appointment. That is, they don’t have to compete with applicants who do not suffer with disabilities.
I’m all for giving the disabled a fair shake in employment. They deserve to work just as much as anyone. But you have to see the irony in a Justice Department fraught with corruption and politicization making it a practice to hire the intellectually deficient. You also have to see the irony in thinking that it is such a great idea those applicants should get preference over those more capable to do the job. When you’re hiring for an extremely important government position you must employ the best and the brightest. People’s lives are in the balance of decisions made by the DOJ. Those people deserve to have their cases handled by competent lawyers and officials.
There is no room for an affirmative action program for the intellectually deficient. If someone with a mental disorder is the best applicant for a job then go ahead and hire them. However, competition should not be dumbed down for the sake of a government sponsored and artificial equal opportunity playing field.
There are plenty of jobs out there for the intellectually deficient that do not have lives hanging in the balance and are not nearly as important as the DOJ.
Send them to the EPA or the Department of Education. They’ll fit in much nicer over there.