Obama’s First Supreme Court Pick; Sonia Sotomayor

Interesting Pick on Obama’s part.  If the GOP tries to slay her in the confirmation hearings then they risk doing irreversible damage to their appeal in the Latino community.  And while Sotomayor may not be a full fledge activist judge (an approach to law that approves of making policy/law from the bench) there are some troubling points about her resume.

1.  Here is a quote that many have found tough to swallow, especially if your a white male!

“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”

Let me try this on as if it was a statement by Chief Justice Roberts. “I would hope that as an educated white man with a wealth of life lessons, would be more inclined to reach a better decision than a Hispanic woman who has not lived my life.”

Point being that while Sotomayor’s statement may not be racism it is at least identity politics, and an attempt to promote race preference as long as it is the right kind…

2. In the court case Ricci vs. DeStefano,  Sotomayor affirmed that it was acceptable for the New Haven fire department to not promote any of the white firefighters who passed a promotional exam, due to the fact that no African American candidates passed.  Once again we see a selective race/ethnic judicial mindset that favors some races over others.

Of course I think Sotomayor will get appointed and will sail through her confirmation hearings, but at the very least I hope some Americans will learn about the different judicial philosophies that shape our courts and the lives of Americans.

ryan




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2 Responses

  1. Dang man, sounds like you actually studied in Constitutional Law. Is that why you got an A and I got a B.

    I blame Simich. If we had Parker for Con Law instead of him we both would be freaking experts.

    And what is that thing on the bottom of your post?

  2. Yeah constitutional law was probably my favorite class during college. In fact I still have the textbook we used for that class because I love reading the stories behind each case.

    Yet I still find the rise of judicial activism philosophy to be stunning. 50 years ago Supreme Court Justices were not household names and now many of them are. They write books and they hit the best-seller lists and command top billing on the speaking circuit.

    I think this is because it is almost impossible to change the Constitution (which is the only way to regulate the Supreme Court) making the Supreme Court the burgeoning power of the three governmental branches. As we go forth, the Supreme Court like no point in history will be the deciding force for all major policy issues in the United States. Not the President or Congress but the courts.

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