A proud product of affirmative action takes the bench…

OBAMA-SOTOMAYORWell, it’s official, Sotomayor has been confirmed to the bench of the Supreme Court with all Democrats voting in favor and all but nine Republicans voting against. The nine are listed below. Calling them “The Nine” makes me think of the Ringwraiths from Lord of the Rings. Funny. Anyway, if you would like to let them know what you think about them supporting Sotomayor, feel free…

Lamar Alexander (TN), Kit Bond (MO), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC), Judd Gregg (NH), Richard Lugar (IN), Mel Martinez (FL), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH)

So here is my big thing with Sotomayor and why I think she should not be on the Supreme Court.

The racial bias issue has been raised again and again and I’ll choose to judge the woman in light of the comments  she made:

“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.”

“that one’s sex, race and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.”

I don’t care if she black, white, or striped so long as she can perform her duty. Judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices and aspire to achieve a greater degree of fairness and integrity based on the reason of law (M. Cedarbaum). The law must speak for itself and be understood within it’s context and applied as such. So, it is very troubling that Obama would want Sotomayor to “adapt” laws to a “modern context” (according to Axelrod). It’s even more troubling that a conservative would choose to approve of such a candidate. The good news is that she is replacing retiring Justice David Souter (a liberal named by a Republican president) and she is not expected to alter the court’s ideological split. Still, that is the only good news we will have.

A lifetime position such as this demands that we appoint individuals who have the finest minds available and she, my friends, is no the finest mind we have available. By her own admission, she did not have the test scores to attend the schools she was accepted to. In fact, she describes herself as an “affirmative action baby” whose lower test scores were overlooked by admissions committees at Princeton University and Yale Law School because, she said, she is Hispanic and had grown up in poor circumstances. Sotomayor rejected the proposition that minorities must become advocates of “selection by merit alone.” She said diversity improved the legal system. Bullshit. I think rendering judgement based on law and the Constitution improves the legal system. Now, call those Ringwraiths and let them know you think they’ve screwed up.

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