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  •  They've been doing this since they attained power (5+ / 0-)

    Since 2000, they have been systematically destroying careers of anyone deemed a "leftist" while promoting their own regardless of merit.  We've all heard the stories regarding DeLay, Abramoff & "K" St. lobbyists.  If you are viewed as the opposition, their intent is to destroy you.

    I too was subjected to this political bias in my profession last year.  I'm a self-employed musician & work around the country doing fundraising for music programs in universities, symphonies, opera & ballet companies, etc.  I had done work for a well-known university in the Southeast for several years.  The man in charge of these fundraisers happened to also be a long-time lobbyist in D.C., well-connected to a well-known Southern senator.  After a successful event, we all went out to dinner to celebrate.  The talk turned to politics, of course, and I spoke rather frankly about my views.  This infuriated this man to the point that a "scene" was made at the dinner table.  I tried to calm him down & lighten the tension but he was out of control.  His associates apologized to me for his behavior, but the die was cast.

    Several months later I was informed that I would
    not be asked back, even though my abilities were never questioned.  Apparently, a colleague of mine was told that "we don't want any crazy liberals" around here.  

    This cost me about $25K, a sizable hit to my income.  The ability to abuse power & affect one's livelihood is something that is going on all over the country at every level.  I had the opportunity to apologize for my comments & was encouraged to do so, for the sake of my job.  But I couldn't bring myself to do it.  It was an example of standing for one's principles, something I had been screaming at the Dems for 5 years.  Well, I put my $$ where my mouth was.  I must say, I felt great standing up to this asshole.  

    So, if the opportunity presents itself in another job interview, don't hold back.  Anyone who would ask an inappopriate question is going to find some excuse not to hire you, so you might as well let 'em have it.  You'll feel better for it.

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