Last year, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker appointed a judge named Rebecca Bradley to his state’s Supreme Court. It may or may not bother you that she wrote college newspaper columns decrying “immoral” “queers” with AIDS.
Hey... we all do dumb things in college. Right? Right. Some of us drink Everclear and jump off of balconies. Others of us, like Rebecca Bradley, write multiple op-eds in the Marquette University campus newspaper calling homosexuality an “immoral” and “abnormal sexual practice” and calling AIDS patients “degenerates who basically commit suicide through their behavior.”
Some of us get kicked out of the dorms for smoking weed. Others of us, like Rebecca Bradley, write op-eds saying “Heterosexual sex is very healthy in a loving marital relationship. Homosexual sex, however, kills.”
I had a friend in college who ended up in the ER because he started a fight with a guy who said something he didn’t like in class. Knucklehead! Others may have had friends like Rebecca Bradley, who wrote in the campus paper that Bill Clinton is a “queer-loving” socialist who supports “murder” and also is “a murderer who will prevent innocent people from getting the life-saving surgery they need, while self-centered women can get abortion any day. One will be better off contracting AIDS than developing cancer, because those afflicted with the politically correct disease will be getting all of the funding. How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments.”
We all do crazy shit in college!!
Bradley wrote these things in 1992. In a statement this week, she apologized and said that “those statements are not reflective of my worldview.” Next month, Wisconsin voters will decide whether to elect Bradley to a ten-year Supreme Court term. Many of us do dumb things in college. You may even have had a friend who held dumb views similar to Rebecca Bradley in college. That friend may have matured somewhat as they aged. You may even enjoy that friend’s company now. But would you want that friend on your state Supreme Court?