The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft As Attorney General of the United States: Part II

Ashcroft's Missouri Years Summarized

In Part Two, our review of John Ashcroft's conduct as Missouri Governor and Attorney General further supports and underscores the conclusion we reached in Part One: John Ashcroft should not be confirmed to the office of U.S. Attorney General. His record in Missouri is deeply disturbing. It shows a relentless crusader for extreme causes who used the powers of his public positions to seek to drastically cut back or eliminate reproductive rights. It shows a man who, more than a quarter of a century after Brown v. Board of Education, used the resources of his office in a divisive, single-minded fight to obstruct even voluntary desegregation of the St. Louis schools. It shows a troubling insensitivity to the rights and needs of women, minorities and the poor. It shows scorn for any viewpoint he disagrees with, a preference for confrontation over compromise, and, most troubling of all, a dedication not to upholding the law and the Constitution but to bending them to conform to an extremist ideology.

The many troubling aspects of John Ashcroft's record in Missouri include:

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