Question: When is hate not hateful? Answer: When it
is committed by a leftwing investigator for the Illinois
Department of Human Rights.
Last week, the Illinois
Executive Ethics Commission tried to sneak in a
pre-holiday disclosure: Alvin Forbes, Sr., an Illinois
Department of Human Rights employee, was caught using
his state-owned computer to send anti-Tea Party emails
last November and given a verbal reprimand. A reprimand?
Not a termination of employment for violating state
ethics laws against political activity?
So what was the point of this phony wrist slap? Was
it a coincidence that the Commission chose to post this
news on its website a week prior to Labor Day – the
kick-off to the all-important 2011-2012 political season
– hoping few would notice? Strategically, they were
correct; with the exception of a few news outlets, this
story has gone unreported.
In November 2010, Forbes emailed a propaganda-filled
diatribe targeting Glenn Beck and Gov. Sarah Palin,
carping about a dastardly plan to “take down President
Obama and the government.” Excuse me, Mr. Forbes, but
the freedom to oppose a political philosophy you
disagree with – that’s called democracy. Maybe
you’ve heard of it?
Forbes’ email further stated that “dangerous radical
hate mongers called the ‘Tea Party’” have taken over the
Republican Party and directed recipients to vote
Democrat because “these people [Tea Party] hate blacks.
They hate Latinos. They hate Muslims and have at times
made many anti-Semitic statements. They hate gays. They
hate any moderate Republican who might be likely to
cooperate with Obama.”
And this guy is investigating discrimination cases in
Illinois? Looks like someone could use a Tea Party
sensitivity class. Maybe Glenn Beck could teach it.
What if Forbes’ email had targeted Democrats
instead? Can you imagine the whiny liberal media
outcry? The political outrage? The incident raises other
serious questions: Is there more to this cooked-up story
than Gov. Pat Quinn & Co. are letting on? Forbes
sent the email in November, was reprimanded in spring,
and the reprimand was only reported last week. Is this
what is meant by ethics?
Of course, with Democrats still in control of the
Illinois legislature and governorship, ethics is a
In Illinois, the employees of
other government and tax-exempt educational
organizations have been caught recently using equipment
and email accounts to help Democrat candidates and
spread anti-Tea Party propaganda. In July, DePaul University
professors were caught trying to shut down a Tea
Party jobs fair 
private club opposite President Obama’s birthday
celebration in Chicago. The professors – an associate
dean and a director of Women’s Studies – used university
email accounts to send out 2,000 emails to harass the
club in violation of their university’s charter and
tax-exempt status. What action was taken? None. Not even
a wrist slap.
Once again, the left-wing Thought Police want to have
their progressive cake and eat it too. They create
special categories to support their liberal patronage.
They dream-up new fictitious classes of victimization,
enact their shiny new categories into law, and litigate
uncooperative companies and people. Muslims are just the
latest category to be awarded with this “special victims
status.” But political discrimination is different. It
is acceptable. It is encouraged. It is codified. It is
And political hate certainly isn’t a punishable
offense at the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Perhaps Gov. Pat Quinn should rename his agency to
comport with its actual purpose: The Illinois Department
of Democrat Rights.
Ethics Commission finding below: