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Obama's Idea of Justice

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When you think about it, Sonia Sotomayor is the perfect pick for the Supreme Court — in Barack Obama's America.

Like Obama, himself a beneficiary of affirmative action, she thinks "Latina women," because of their life experience, make better judicial decisions than white men, that discrimination against white men to advance people of color is what America is all about, that appellate courts are "where policy is made" in the United States.

To those who believe the depiction of our first Hispanic justice as an anti-white liberal judicial activist, hearken to her own words.

Speaking at Berkeley in 2001, Sonia told her audience, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion (as a judge) than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

Imagine if Sam Alito had said at Bob Jones University, "I would hope that a wise white male with the richness of his life experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Hispanic woman, who hasn't lived that life."

Alito would have been toast. No explanation, no apology would have spared him. He would have been branded for life a white bigot.

Judge Sotomayor will be excused because the media agree with her and she is a Latina who will use her court seat to impose upon the nation the values of the National Council of La Raza (The Race), of which she is a member.

Indeed, she sees this as her mission. Speaking at Duke in 2005, Sotomayor declared: "(The) court of appeals is where policy is made. I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don't make law I know." She and the audience joined in the laughter.

Who were they laughing at? Americans who still believe the role of judges is to apply the Constitution as the Framers intended and to interpret the law as written by our elected legislators.

In Barack Obama's America, that is so yesterday.

Sotomayor's support for discrimination against white males was on exhibit when Ricci v. DeStefano came before a three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on which Sotomayor sits.

Frank Ricci is the New Haven firefighter who, suffering from dyslexia but desperate to realize his dream of becoming an officer, quit his second job, bought $1,000 worth of books and had a friend read them to him to prepare for the crucial exam.

He made it, coming in sixth among 77 firefighters, qualifying for promotion to lieutenant.

A problem immediately arose. Seems that of those who qualified for promotion, all but one were white, and he was a Hispanic.

Can't have that. So, the New Haven City Council, under pressure from the usual suspects, threw out the tests, refused to promote Ricci or any white firemen, and called for new tests — to produce greater diversity. In other words, get rid of at least some of those white guys who somehow managed to come in near or at the top of their class.

Ricci and 19 other firemen sued, claiming they had been denied the promotions they had won for one reason: They were white.

What did Sotomayor's three-judge panel do with Ricci's appeal of the district court decision that turned him down? She tried to kill and bury it in a single dismissive unpublished paragraph so Ricci and the white firefighters would never get a hearing in the Supreme Court.

Stuart Taylor, former New York Times Supreme Court reporter and a National Journal columnist, charges Sotomayor with engaging "in a process so peculiar as to fan suspicions that some or all of the judges were embarrassed by the ugliness of the actions that they were blessing and were trying to sweep quietly under the rug, perhaps to avoid Supreme Court review or public criticism, or both."

Had it not been for the intervention of Judge Jose Cabranes — a Clinton appointee outraged that so momentous a case was being put in a dumpster — Sotomayor's misconduct might never have been uncovered, and those firemen would forever be denied their chance for justice.

The process by which Sotomayor was selected testifies to what we can expect in Obama's America. Not a single male was in the final four. And she was picked over the three other women because she was a person of color, a "two-fer." Affirmative action start to finish.

Reading 30 of her opinions, GW law professor Jonathan Turley found them "notable" for "lack of depth."

Liberal law professor and Supreme Court expert Jeff Rosen of The New Republic reports, after talking to prosecutors and law clerks, that Sotomayor covers up her intellectual inadequacy by bullying from the bench.

The lady is a lightweight.

What should Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee do?

Abjure the vicious tactics Democrats used on Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas and Sam Alito. Lay out the lady's record. And let America get a close look at the kind of justice Barack Obama believes in.

Patrick Buchanan is the author of the new book "Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War." To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.

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It's time to lighten up on Sotomayor. She's not going to be running the Supreme Court. Hers is just one vote. She will be a fresh voice. And there are some conservative lightweights on the court, too. Thomas comes to mind. And the new justices Bush appointed have been rubber stamp conservative. Their votes, along with those of Scalia and Thomas have been a predictable as the sun coming up each day. It's time for some new blood. Look at the bright side, Pat, she's the sixth catholic on the court. I like the way Jay Leno sees it, she replaces Ginsburg as the hottest chick on the court!
Comment: #1
Posted by: Elwood Anderson
Fri May 29, 2009 12:30 AM
Pat, every time I see you on tv you are raging. Be careful of exposing yourself as an apoplectic lunatic. I had no idea you were such a scared white man. BTW, Alito's membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP) is just your cup of tea, and he got away with beliefs such as yours. See below:
In a 1973 article in Prospect, a magazine CAP published, one of its founders, Shelby Cullom Davis, harked back to the days when a gathering of Princeton alumni consisted of “a body of men, relatively homogeneous in interests and backgrounds.” Lamented Cullom Davis: “I cannot envisage a similar happening in the future with an undergraduate student population of approximately 40% women and minorities, such as the Administration has proposed.” Another article published that same year bemoaned the fact that “the makeup of the Princeton student body has changed drastically for the worse” in recent years–Princeton had begun admitting women in 1969–and wondered aloud what might happen if the university adopted a “sex-blind” policy “removing limits on the number of women.” In an unsuccessful effort to forestall this frightening development, the executive committee of CAP published a statement in December 1973 that affirmed unequivocally, “Concerned Alumni of Princeton opposes adoption of a sex-blind admission policy.”
By the time Alito was readying his 1985 job application with the Reagan Administration, the admission of women and minorities was well established at Nassau Hall, but this did not stop CAP from lamenting the consequences. “People nowadays just don't seem to know their place,” fretted a 1983 Prospect essay titled “In Defense of Elitism.”
You can't stop change Pat, what you can do is stop promoting fear and hatred and bigotry.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Irene Hanlon
Fri May 29, 2009 8:38 AM
Sir;... What does: Barack Obama's America Mean??? Are you saying that is not the same as Pat Bucannan's America, or Jim Sweeney's???I know there are a lot of people who think there is a rich people's America, and a poor people's America... I know some people think there is a Christian America; and then there is the city, haven for democrats, librals, prostitutes and drug dealers... It is all the same place, and all the same people, and Mrs. SotoMayor represents everything we should love about America, that people can still overcome injustice, discrimination and poverty by sheer force of will to become something and some one of respect and achievement...Don't look at me... I have ton of intellect and an ounce of ambition... I have all but given up on this people, and this country, but I don't think anyone else would have me... My son, who is a some body married a girl from Puerto Rico, and I could not be more impressed with her character, the character of her family, and the character of that nation of people... We have a problem with reality if we cannot make them a state in the Union... They know they are treated as second class citizens... They have fought in our wars, and we give them short change...I hope none of this is lost on Mrs. SotoMayor...I hope she knows how many brave men have laid their lives on the line for the star spangled banner, and died in the contempt of this nation...You, and the republicans do yourselves dirty when they abuse that woman...What is your fear, that she will put justice before the constitution??? We should all do nothing other... The constitution has shown itself to be a flawed document of a flawed form of government... Some one has to correct it, and the people cannot...We are all frustrated by it, left and right... We cannot reform our government, and we do not want to dissolve the bonds that bind us... What then is left to us but the hope that people in power will pull us from each other's throats, and suggest in calmness and in patience what our course to reconciliation might be...There is no better choice than for one who has been aggrieved to be the judge...We have had enough of the oppressors, -the wasps, the men, the whites, the rich, the conservatives judging our progress, and telling us all is well...It is not well... The Supreme court is the court of last appeal, and it needs people there who are willing to restore to America the relationship envisioned in the constitution... Forget the law...If the law is not just, though it is written in Gold it will never be law... Law is first just, and no document two hundred years old can tell us today what is just for this people and for this land... So quit trying to make yourself and your party look like esses to the very people whose vote you need... Consent to do what is right... The court needs an ear for reason and a heart for justice...It needs an advocate for right who can make the case behind the curtain of honor that surround that place... Thanks...Sweeney
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri May 29, 2009 10:34 AM
It's karma, Mr. Buchanan. Right back atcha. Human nature being what it is, you really expect not to see the folks who've been discriminated against for so long turn around and do the same darn thing now that they're on top? You should be thanking your lucky stars the get-even game is turning out to be such a softball affair. But you know all of this. You just have to put out some kind of garbage to sell because it's a living, after all. You know full well that you use the tactics of your enemy when they become available, just like you phony conservatives will try to do, incompetently for sure, as you oppose Sotomayor's appointment.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Masako
Sat May 30, 2009 11:16 AM
You belong to the CofCC, a group that preaches anything that isn't white is "less than" or inadequate ..so I just think you are anti-anything that isn't white. Take a seat Buchanan. The era has turned and racism is no longer allowed in our govt. If you don't like it, leave.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Sue
Sun May 31, 2009 4:06 PM
An Hispanic who refers to himself (or herself) as a "person of color" is a brainwashed idiot.

It perpetuates Anglo-Saxon American racism, a vile racism that is promoted by Zionist Jews for their own nefarious divide and conquer purposes.

If Sotomayor cannot identify herself ethno-racially as Puerto Rican or simply as Hispanic she ought to keep her trap shut.

European Americans who identify themselves as "white" are also idiots.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Luis Magno
Mon Jun 1, 2009 3:23 PM
to Pat BUCHANAN
from Noel E. PARMENTEL Jr ( NoelJr@OptOnline.Net )
re: Judge SotoMayor as >LightWeight<
Dear Pat=
Yeah, you Right (from the Beginning).
She s NO Harriet Miers. Best/Noel
Comment: #7
Posted by: Noel E. PARMENTEL Jr
Tue Jun 2, 2009 12:03 PM
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