Tuesday, May 26, 2009
You don't have to read very far to catch Barack in another foolish statement. I would love to see the full quote on this, because the wording would be pretty important, but if what this moron said is anything close to what is reported, he's inserted his foot again.
Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first (hispanic) Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.First of all, I care as much about Sonia Sotomayor being hispanic as I do Barack Obama being black. Zippo. Zero. Nada.
My question is this: Since when is "compassion" required to interpret the Constitution wisely? "Compassion" directly interferes with impartiality, and may even stand in its way if a decision requires partiality to the words of the document itself (which is every decision). There has been too much compassion in dealing with these matters over the last thirty or so years ... FAR too much.
Even the nominee herself gave conflicting statements. One which would seem quite refreshing:
I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it.This was said at her confirmation hearing in 1998 for her current position as an appeals judge. Of course, according to this article, she violated that very statement of philosophy:
In one of her most notable decisions, as an appellate judge she sided last year with the city of New Haven, Conn., in a discrimination case brought by white firefighters. The city threw out results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough.According to this decision, it're pretty clear she's a racist, which is supported by this statement as well:
"I simply do not know exactly what the difference will be in my judging," she said in a speech in 2001. "But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage."Another notable quoted in the article:
One conservative group did not wait for the formal announcement. Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network, issued a statement calling Sotomayor a "liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written."This statement wasn't backed up with anything, but the prior quote and decision make it pretty clear that this woman will not be impartial in matters involving illegal aliens or anyone else of hispanic descent.
She would be wise to recuse herself of involvement in any such cases.
Sadly, I doubt she will.