I guess it makes sense; if you’re going to appoint someone to the Supreme Court in your state and you’re a bigot yourself, you probably want to appoint a bigot. And if you find yourself wanting to appoint a bigot, as Wisconsin’s Republican Governor and total failure of a 2016 Presidential Candidate Scott Walker found himself, you’d probably want to hire someone with a past so rife with bigoted statements and feelings as to make them a Supreme Bigot.
…and that is precisely what Scott Walker has done.
Per The Huffington Post, Walker’s newest appoint to the Cheese State’s highest court is Rebecca Bradley. Bradley, according to HuffPo has one hell of a past rèsumè, if your job is to be a bigot. You see, in Wisconsin, voters are given a chance to confirm Supreme Court Justice appointments, and a liberal paper in Walker’s state has begun republishing articles Justice Bradley wrote on the subject of homosexuality back in 1992. And well, let’s just say they were “less than complimentary” to our LGBT friends.
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.” (source)
Yes, you read that right. In the early 90’s, Bradley was one of many conservative Americans who decided turning their backs on the AIDS crisis was acceptable because it was just a disease that the Gays got by being the Gays, so why should we care? Sadly, growing up in a conservative Christian home I can assure you that Bradley wasn’t the only one in that movement thinking this way, but I don’t know how many of the rest of us are now up for Supreme Court vacancies that would allow us to shape society and possibly harm LGBTQ people now, not to mention the fact that many people like me thankfully have seen the light and sloughed off our religiously conservative programming to realize that LGBTQ doesn’t define human value, even if Bradley and her ilk have not.
But you know, maybe I’m being too harsh on Bradley. I mean, what else did she say about gay people? It can’t all be horrid.
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.” (source)
No, yeah, that’s almost more fucked-up than saying the commit suicide because you’re saying that sympathy for people with AIDS somehow robs you of your ability to have sympathy for cancer patients. Also, I’d like to ask Justice Bradley about her hierarchy of mortal diseases. Does, say, a communist with cancer deserve more or less compassion than a gay dude with AIDS, in her judgment? I just just love it when conservatives pontificate like this because it really helps you see the bold print hypocrisy in nearly everything they do.
I bet that Bradley’s “pro-life,” too, if she’s Governor Wand Up Your Crotch’s appointment. How tragically hilarious the irony is of someone claiming to have the right to force rape victims to carry their rapists’ babies because of their commitment to “life” being so flippant about living, breathing humans getting AIDS. But hey, let’s just look at one more quote. Maybe this one will be better.
“How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments,” she added. (source)
Allllllllllllllrighty. Fuck it. She was pretty much a horrible human being that said horrible things about innocent victims of the AIDS virus. Kinda hard to run from it when he’s lamenting that “drug addicts and queers” are valued more than others…which was then and is now utter horse shit. But maybe she’s learned. Maybe she’s come out of the bigoted fog of her college days. She seemed to say as much.
“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.” (source)
Look, I already said I grew up in a conservative, Christian home in the 80’s and 90’s, so I know all about changing attitudes toward the LGBT community. Except unlike Justice Bradley, I’m not appointed by one of the most socially conservative governors and I’m openly in favor of equality for everyone. You’ll notice that none of what she said in her apology mentioned that she believes the law should be applied fairly to everyone? Yeah. I noticed that too.
So how much as Bradley changed? Well, probably not that much if a homophobic douche Twinkie like Walker appointed her to the Supreme Court, right? Right. So she can take her apology to “those offended by” her comments and shove them into Walker’s pipe and he can smoke it.