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Why Say 'NO' To Sotomayor
"The Supreme Court has a special role to play in the United States system of government. The Constitution gives it the power to check, if necessary, the actions of the President and Congress..........tell a President that his actions are not allowed by the Constitution; to tell Congress that a law it passed violated the U.S. Constitution and is, therefore, no longer a law; or tell the government of a state that one of its laws breaks a rule in the Constitution."
In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor..........gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.” In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases. “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,” said Judge Sotomayor..........
Judge Sotomayor has made many questionable statements. Those statements are revealing about the mindset and character of the judge. She also questioned whether achieving impartiality "is possible in all, or even, in most, cases."
Also suspect are Judge Sotomayor's affiliations. For this one, I will not even try to explain. An explanation has been made by those more in the know than me.
“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,’’ then-candidate Obama said in a widely quoted speech to Planned Parenthood in 2007. "The empathy to understand what it's like to be poor, or African American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that's the criteria by which I'm going to be selecting my judges."
Noble sentiments to be sure, but not ones which should be used to decide who is the BEST person to be nominated as a Supreme Court Justice, a person who has the will to tell a President that his actions are not allowed by the Constitution; to tell Congress that a law it passed violated the U.S. Constitution and is, therefore, no longer a law; or to tell the government of a state that one of its laws breaks a rule in the Constitution. Judge Sotomayor will be too busy, I fear, trying to see if any Latinos are being disadvantaged by her ruling, regardless of whether that ruling is based on the Constitution of the United States or not.
Just my opinion.
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