May 26, 2009

Change and Hope

President Obama decided to announce a new justice to replace the tiring, uh, retiring David Souter. Obama says that Sonia Sotomayer is one that has a fair understanding of the law. Sotomayer has spent time as a judge and therefore has the experience, Obama says -- still trying to figure out his experience...

Let's examine some of Sotomayer's cases and see just what we are in for.

1. In 2005, at Duke University, Sotomayer told a group of panelists that "policy is made" in the Federal Court of Appeals. Perhaps the soon to be Associate Justice can read the first Article of the Constitution to find out where policy is made. But, that would mean having a fair understanding of the law.

2. In 2001, at U.C. Berkeley, Sotomayer implied that judicial responsibility should be ruled by one's ethnicity. She said, "I wonder whether by ignoring our differences as women or men of color we do a disservice both to the law and society...." "I further accept that our experiences as women and people of color affect our decisions. The aspiration to impartiality is just that - it's an aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others...." "Our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. Justice O'Connor has often been cited as saying that a wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases. I am also not so sure that I agree with the statement. First, as Professor [Martha] Minnow has noted, there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Ethnic biases are a great understanding of the law! (Quotes from

3. She is for affirmative action. In Feb. of 2008, she ruled to throw out exam results that the city of New Haven uses to determine promotions in the fire department. Only one Hispanic and no black Americans qualified based on the exam. So, naturally, instead of requiring harder work, we just give them the promotion based on their race. But, this isn't racist! Not at all!! Don't you know, only white people can be racist!

Obama is just continuing to show his poor judgment in leading America. Perhaps he is pushing for membership in the EU.

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