Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Nominee is: No Surprise

This week, President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to be the next Supreme Court Justice. This should come as no surprise. Obama had a guideline to follow. First, Liberal. Second, Hispanic, and third female. Not one of these criteria is a surprise. Obama was the most liberal member of Congress before becoming President.

Sotomayor has the reputation of being a bit of a bully on the courts she’s served and not all that bright. She has been overturned by the Supreme Court on three of her five majority writings. That is likely to increase with the New Haven, Connecticut case under review by the Supreme Court.

She is also caught on tape talking about setting policy at the Appeals Court level, which would make her an activist judge. Exactly what America has been complaining about in recent years.

The media makes much of the fact that Sotomayor was appointed by President H.W. Bush to the District Court in 1991. What they don’t tell you is that there was a huge backlog in selecting judges in the Senate. In an attempt to get appointments moved forward Senator Al D’Amato and Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan worked out a deal. D’Amato would choose five and Moynihan would choose two, and President Bush (41) would appoint them. Sotomayor was one of Moynihans two choices.

She is qualified for the Supreme Court. But then so are most of us. There is no requirement to be a lawyer, judge or anything other than being an American and appointed by the President with the Advise and Consent of the Senate.

Regarding appointing activist judges, or those that would legislate from the bench, I urge you to read Federalist papers number 76, 77, and 78.

I consider this a racist pick of a racist person. From the day that Judge Souter announced he was leaving, the media told us that Obama was likely to choose an Hispanic woman because there have been no Hispainics on the court and there was only one woman.

I don’t remember mention of even one man being considered, not one black person being considered and not one white man being considered. Even the National Football League has to make a show of hiring a coach. They are required to interview at least one black man to coach, even if they have no intention of hiring him.

I have yet to see one comment from anyone in the news or in the government say that the person chosen should be the most qualified choice. The concern has been race, and gender and then of course Obama added the qualification of empathy which I can’t find in any description of any judge at any post anywhere.

So why do I consider Sotomayor a racist and sexist? That’s a simple answer. She said
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”.

Look at Lady Justice. Our symbol for the law in this country. She wears a blindfold. The blindfold is signifying hearing the issue and applying the law to the issue and not to the persons race, gender, stature in life to help with the decision making process. A judge is to rule on the law.

She will likely be confirmed. I doubt that the Republicans have the courage to challenge her substantively. They won’t be able to stand up to the calls of racism that the liberals will certainly throw at them if they dare as a hard question.

When Republicans nominate someone for the Supreme Court, the first question is always ‘what is their position on abortion?’ Have you heard this question put to her or anyone in the White House? It’s interesting that for all of the concern about how Republican Presidents will nominate pro-life judges, still after all of these years, abortion is still legal. We’ve had O’Connor, Scalia, Kennedy, Souter, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito all appointed since the 80’s and still abortion is the law of the land. Granted, Souter turned out to be a liberal member of the court, but the Supreme Court has been fairly Conservative the past 30 years and still no change.

It’s likely the only way this inferior nominee misses out confirmation for the Supreme Court it will only be because she steps in it during her testimony. There are very many more qualified for this position. Male or Female, all Americans that are more qualified.

You’re welcome to comment.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We all know that Obama is a racist and this pick is no suprise. It is also no suprise that he picked someone who does not believe in the constitution. He is out to 'change America', and for most of us it is not change for the better. I think it is highly unlikely that our nation as we knew and loved it will ever be the same, and I fear we are on our way to the end of freedom and free enterprise. Honestly, if I could afford it, I would leave this country rather than watch (and pay for) it's destruction.