President Obama chose Sonia Sotomayor for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Her against-the-odds life story is compelling. At 54 Sonia would follow the legacy of Sandra Day O’Connor the first woman to reach the highest bench. If the Senate confirms her, Sotomayor would make another gender step forward with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to add ethnic diversity to the court? Great idea. On September 11, 2005 another USA tragedy, Sen. Arlen Specter helped Democrats “disqualify” Hispanic Alberto Gonzales declaring that it was “a little too soon” after Gonzales’ appointment as Attorney General for him to be appointed to the Supreme Court without new hearings. Hispanic ethnic diversity here is significant, but what are they “hearing” and seeing?
Apparently President Obama’s Audacity of Hope is mingled with Sonia Sotomayor’s audacity in a 2001 “cultural diversity lecture” at the University of California where she unsheathed her opinion “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences…our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.…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.” Being a good jurist is about coming to court without bias and evaluating lower court decisions strictly in light of the US Constitution. Hope dashed!
It is clearly disqualifying when Sotomayor to the giggling delight of her legal students and colleagues reveals her own core when she lectures, “…court of appeals is where policy is made, and I know — I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. O.K. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know….” Yes, even a simple Southern patriot knows this documents the liberal agenda and activist rulings she would likely make.
It’s apparent that Sonia Sotomayor (pronounced soh-toh-my-YOR’) agrees with President Obama that the court should be guided by the ideological agenda he has for the USA to make this country something different. Supreme Court decisions are not infrequently divided by 5-4 majorities with the decision between conservative and liberal-leaning justices split 4-4, with Justice Kennedy providing the decisive vote. Sotomayor is slated to replace Justice Souter who often sided with the “liberals.” One might say the court remains “fair and balanced.” I think a more apt description is the patriot’s 4 limbs being roped to 4 horses and USA justice being “drawn and quartered.”
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