Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Nominee: Is She a Judicial Activist? Is She Racist?

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President Barack Obama says Sonia Sotomayor, his nominee to the Supreme Court, is an outstanding choice. He says in his email yesterday afternoon, this is one of the most important decisions a President can make and he is certain that Ms. Sotomayor, "would show fidelity to our Constitution."

However, her record reflects something very different. It seems to indicate that she has a tendency toward judicial activism and is racist.

In a video from 2005 of a panel discussion with law students at Berkeley she said, a "court of appeals is where policy is made."

Policy is made in the courts? I thought policy was made by our elected officials in Congress.

She has also said, "Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see." President Obama told us during the campaign that he believed in a "living Constitution." This, of course, means that the Constitution is interpreted through the lens of a given philosophy at any given time. This woman seems to be a good fit.

Responding to a statement by Ruth Bader Ginsburg about a man and a woman arriving at the same conclusions, Sotomayer said, "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."

In a recent case in New Jersey she ruled against the advancement of several fire fighters because they were white.

In 2001 she said that, ethnicity and sex of a judge, "May and will make a difference in our judging."

She has given a number of speeches on the importance of diversity. She has said the increasing diversity on the federal bench, "will have an effect on the development of the law and on judging."

Obama has said he wants a justice with "combined intellect and empathy."

Curt Levy, with the Committee for Justice, told Onenewsnow, "I actually thought he [Obama] was going to be smarter than that. I thought he would pick someone who was sort of closet judicial activist, not someone who can so easily be found on youtube joking with contempt about the fact that she makes policy as a judge."

She does not believe the Second Amendment right to bear arms applies to individuals, in her book, she suggests that international law should be used in our courts sometimes and has contributed to Planned Parenthood.

This nomination may be more about the President than the nominee. One thing is certain. President Obama continues with his mission to "remake" America.

5 comments:

  1. It's funny. I wasn't sure if I liked Sotomayor yet, but you just sealed the deal. Thank you for convincing me to love her!

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  2. I think you were sure before you read this.

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  3. Yes this person nominated to the highest court in the land appears to be a feminist, a racist, and she appears to dictate law from the bench. However the true racist here is in the Whitehouse. Once again Barry Obama has played the race card. Obama has ignored what is best for the country for his own political gain. This administration must create crisis after crisis to divert the attention of the American people away from their miserable failures. I'm sure there are those who will think this administration has been a success thus far, according to their agenda. The American people, ALL American people need to wake up and look at the tyranny going on around them every day. Again the true racist here is Barack Obama, he is using a Latino woman with "compelling" life experience for his own political gain. Obama seems to forget he serves the people, ALL people, not the other way around.

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  4. Another white-man's burden blog entry ... getting a little Mein Kampf-ish aren't you Gary?

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  5. It's really amusing the way all the right-wing bigots and racists are lining up to call Sotomayer a racist. Projection much?

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