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Sotomayor and the Selling of America

Sotomayor and the Selling of America

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Sonia Sotomayor's qualifications for supreme court
Sonia Sotomayor's qualifications for supreme court

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By Jean BushIn TIME magazine’s June 8 issue, the cover showed Sonia Sotomayor, titled with thewords LATINA JUSTICE. These are hypnotic trigger words, designed to instill inanyone who reads it the subconscious idea that this justice is more powerful,demanding and certain than the impartial but fair justice our forefathers foundedfor us.Her picture on the cover, as explained inside, “On the cover, illustration forTIME by Tim O’Brien,” is not even a photograph of her, just a drawing that createsthe illusion of female perfection, softening the heavy, hard and aging look she isso well recognized for.Richard Lacayo, in writing this article, fell all over himself trying to makeSotomayor look almost like a “knight in shining armor” who has just arrived tosave this country from disaster. In his subtitle to the article, he writes: “Whather extraordinary life says about the kind of Justice she would be.” And he goeson to write one of the most insipid and insidious propaganda pieces in TIME’s mostrecent history.What is so great about her life? Born in 1954 in a “poor Bronx neighborhood,” toimmigrant parents from Puerto Rico. The word immigrant is my addition, not theauthor’s. Did they enter the country legally during WWII? Why has no one askedthis? Is it important? I don’t know.Her “extraordinary journey” in life is no different then the thousands of otherswho raised themselves and succeeded in their chosen professions. Her father diedwhen she was 9 and her mother raised her and her brother on a nurse’s salary. Shemanaged to go to Princeton and law school at Yale. Yet this article makes nomention of how she afforded to go to these two prestigious schools. I find thisrather strange. She finally became a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appealsin New York.This pathetic article makes her seem like some sort of goddess who has defied allthe odds, including the self-perceived barriers of men and the system, to getwhere she is. I am sure nothing could be further from the truth. She worked andstudied hard and with the help of family, friends and perhaps a few mentors, rosein her field of endeavor.However, there are many out there that don’t like her. John, my contact in McLean,VA has this to say: “Well, you asked me what I think about Sonia Sotomayor being anominee for the “supreme court” so here it goes. I don’t care for her racistremarks about “white men.” Sounds like she is your typical reverse racist andmilitant La Raza member. Remember Jean, I’m part Italian which means I’m also part“latin” what ever that means and I really don’t care for hardcore La Raza people.America is supposed to be the great melting pot of humanity and I feel her viewsbelong in the trash heap and that she is a divider, not a joiner. She reminds meof a woman version of Clarence Thomas.”Many consider her a racist for being a member of the radical group La Raza, or TheRace. Their stated goal is to “reclaim” the entire southwestern United States,including Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and partsof Washington State. This territory makes up and area known as Aztlan, a“legendary homeland of the Aztecas.” In other words, pure fiction.Now let us examine the very controversial remark that John mentioned:“First, as Professor Martha Minnow has noted, there can never be a
 
universal definition of wise. Second, I would hope that a wise Latina womanwith the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach abetter conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”This creature is a Feminist to the core. And in her unbelievable arrogance, ismost certainly referring to herself. It would seem the good and wise Prof. Minnowhas never heard of a dictionary.Wise: having wisdom; Sage; 2. having or showing good sense or good judgment.(Merriam-Webster Dictionary)Why not a Hispanic man? Or a black man? Or an Asian man? Why white only? And whynot another woman? Her experience is beside the point. Any judge will bring to thebench their very own experiences and knowledge, whatever their race. And she is aracist.Let’s look at some professional opinions of her.The following was taken from michellemalkin.com website: Judge Sotomayor’spersonal views may cloud her jurisprudence. As Judge Sotomayor explained in a 2002speech at Berkeley, she believes it is appropriate for a judge to consider their“experiences as women and people of color” in their decisionmaking, which shebelieves should “affect our decisions.”Substantial questions also persist regarding Judge Sotomayor’s temperament anddisposition to be a Supreme Court justice. Lawyers who have appeared before herhave described her as a “bully” who “does not have a very good temperament,” andwho “abuses lawyers” with “inappropriate outbursts.And here’s the rundown on Obama’s SCOTUS choice from Wendy Long at the JudicialConfirmation Network:MemorandumTO: JCN Members and Interested PartiesFROM: Wendy Long, Counsel to JCNDATE: May26, 2009RE: Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor• President Obama has threatened to nominate liberal judicial activists who willindulge their left-wing policy preferences instead of neutrally applying the law.In selecting Judge Sonia Sotomayor as hisSupreme Court nominee, President Obamahas carried out his threat.• Judge Sotomayor will allow her feelings and personal politics to stand in theway of basic fairness. In a recent case, Ricci v. DeStefano, Sotomayor sided witha city that used racially discriminatory practices to deny promotions tofirefighters. The per curiam opinion Sotomayor joined went so far out of its wayto bury the firefighters’ important claims of unfair treatment that her colleague,Judge Jose Cabranes, a Clinton appointee, chastised her.o According to Judge Cabranes, Sotomayor’s opinion “contains no referencewhatsoever to the constitutional claims at he core of this case” and its“perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by thisappeal.” Even the liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expresseddisappointment with the case, stating, “Ricci is not just a legal case but a manwho has beendeprived of the pursuit of happiness on account of race.”o Sotomayor’s terrible decision in Ricci is under review by the Supreme Court andan opinion is expected by the end of June.• Sotomayor readily admits that she applies her feelings and personal politicswhen deciding cases. In a 2002 speech at Berkeley, she stated that she believes itis appropriate for a judge to considertheir “experiences as women and people ofcolor,” which she believes should “affect our decisions.” She went on to say inthat same speech “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness ofherexperience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white

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