Sotomayor Supreme Court – Group Identity Takes Center Stage

I’m pouring over the news outlets this morning and the MSM here is teeming with news of the Obamanation’s supreme court choice today. Nearly every source is pointing out her ancillary credentials, those being that:
a). She is hispanic
b). She is a woman

To these two points a little later. From the AP this morning – The White House announcement ceremony was a picture of diversity, the first black president, appointing the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, joined by the Vice President who is white.”

I’ll let that speak for itself.

On May 9 re: Justice Souter’s resignation on White House.gov here the Obamanation- “I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book. It is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives — whether they can make a living and care for their families; whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation.
I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people’s hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving as just decisions and outcomes.”
So clearly we see a theme here.

Today on the same site here, the Obamanation’s overriding credentials for a Supreme nominee – “These two qualities are essential, I believe, for anyone who would sit on our nation’s highest court. And yet, these qualities alone are insufficient. We need something more. For as Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” Experience being tested by obstacles and barriers, by hardship and misfortune; experience insisting, persisting, and ultimately overcoming those barriers. It is experience that can give a person a common touch and a sense of compassion; an understanding of how the world works and how ordinary people live.” Again the theme, albeit the word ’empathy’ not being used.

To a Statist such as the Obamanation, moral relativism through the prism of ‘diversity’, ’empathy’, ‘compassion’, etc are the key philosophical points on choosing a Supreme Court judge. The Constitution of the United States does not budge, does not bend or cater to special interest groups with redress-obsession. It does not show ‘compassion’ or ’empathy.’ It clearly enumerates, as I have said before, those things that our government implicitly cannot do to us. And this is why our founding document is so different than any other country in world history. The activism of today’s socialism and fleet from our founding principles put these restricted powers at risk every day. And thus it does not surprise me one bit to read, in the Obamanation’s own words, that a Justice is to strive for some sort of ambiguous, higher-level subjective reasoning in the Court. This subjective reasoning and ethic changes from bullhorn to demagogue. It simply proves my point, in his own words above from the White House site. Liberals/progressives stand for the collective. Hence the obsession with Sotomayor’s race and sex identity. Her sex and race have absolutely nothing to do with her understanding of the Constitution or philosophy and prove to me that ‘diversity’ is just a code word for collectivism. Our society values a mob-mentality ethic, an ethos that changes with the wind….

Update 1 : The NYT has an article here about a speech on ethnicity and sex that Sotomayer gave in 2001, Sotomayer – ““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.”
If you think that this could possibly been taken out of context click
here for the full text of the speech. Confimation of racecentism that I suspected earlier, I’m sure that there will be many more stories to come….

Update 2 : Newsbusters has a great story here highlighting the fact that ABC news is minimizing the ‘Liberal’ label for Sotomayor, yet used ‘Conservative’ for Alito frequently…..

Update 3 : Reason.com has a great article here laying out the framework for Sotomayor’s preference for racial preferences and gun control…..

Update 4 : News coming out that sotomayor member of racist
separatist group La Raza……here…..


Ananda girl said…

I suppose it’s lucky that she is unlikely to change the flavor of the Supreme Court as it stands, though her age gives her a long ride that can give her power later. Interesting the G.H.W.Bush nominated her for her federal seat.Also that Billy boy elevated her. Perhaps she is catholic and that will give some assist to the abortion issue.

I am very curious to hear what others think of this. Curious to see how it turns out in the long run.

madmath1 said…

Yes, a judge that uses their “heart” vs logic. Isn’t that the definition of “Activist judge”? Seems that BO has nominated a judge on three standards, 1) she’s a hispanic, 2) she’s a woman, and 3) she’s racist against whites. Seems there is nothing about ruling on the basis of law and in fact is discouraged. Make the constitution whatever you “feel” it should be. Now we may get a racist woman that once said that guns are unconstitutional. Uh, hellooooooo, it’s in the 2nd admendment. Perhaps she didn’t that far. If she hasn’t read the 2nd, has she read any of the remaining 25 too? Ugh, BO is showing his true color while at the same time show he doesn’t have a clue as to what he’s doing.

William said…

Ananda girl, I wouldn’t be so quick to hope she has a Catholic view about abortion. After all, look at John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi… and Rudy Giuliani for that matter.

Ananda girl said…

William– true enough. I am a hopeless optimist, but I promise to hope with caution. Time will tell. She does not have any children at age 54,so that does not bode well. Not that you have to have kids to care about them. I don’t want to cut my own throat here, it just feels like a career vs. family issue. Perhaps it is not.

Obama Nation said…

I was going to post the comment she made that you have in your update. My dad mentioned that to me while I was writing my post, but I didn’t know where to find it so I didn’t mention it. It just goes to show that it’s always, ALWAYS about race.

I think she might have a Catholic view on abortion. She made a decision during a case once in favor of an anti-abortion group on the basis that public funds shouldn’t go towards abortion, or something like that. It might not have anything to do with her views on abortion, however.

A.C. McCloud said…

Ananda girl, I wouldn’t be so quick to hope she has a Catholic view about abortion. After all, look at John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi… and Rudy Giuliani for that matter.Yes, and just look at Obama’s Notre Dame coronation.

Ananda girl said…

Oh dear… I’ve opened a can of worms. ha. I suppose I should have said “a traditional catholic attitude toward abortion”. I was thinking of Notre Dame, only I was thinking of the protesters, not the college’s desire to have a big name. It guess its all determined by your view point. (I do know the difference between “point of view” and “view point” and meant my view from where I am standing.)

LASunsett said…

She has a story, that’s about all. But don’t we all?

She doesn’t even have a functional understanding of what the function of the justice system is.

Left Coast Rebel said…

ananda girl – it’s good to be optimistic but let’s be as objective as we can in the vetting process of Sotomayor, we’ll see what comes and I will blog on it as it develops..

Madmath – so true and should be patently ‘obvious’

Obama Nation – that little comment is all over talk radio today!

LA Sunset – greetings fellow CAnian…hope to see you more here, couldn’t agree more!

Ananda girl said…

Fair enough… that’s why I come here.

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