The role of the Supreme Court Justices often remains a lofty ideal, but not one that intrudes daily into our living rooms. With President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, America needs to take notice and speak out. Judge Sotomayor is being considered, not because of an impressive record as a Constitutional Jurist, but for her radical record as a judicial activist.
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences … our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging. … 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.
My understanding of the Constitution leads me to say that if Judge Sotomayor is confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice we will see a rapid erosion of the cornerstone of our form of government. If she is allowed to use “richness of her experiences” to help her determine whether or not a situation is or is not Constitutional, I fear for our future. Justice is supposed to be blind to gender and national origins. How then will being white or male going to make you any less qualified to determine Constitutionality?
How long will it take for her to suggest quotas in justice? For intance, her recent case where she denied Mr. Ricci’s valid claim for a promotion because of the Captains/Leutenants exam in the New England Fire Deptarment had 15 passing scores, but none were African-American. Would it be a huge leap to go from this opinion to one that denied white men access to Congress because there weren’t enough representatives of other races? There are other examples http://www.heritage.org.
Let me state clearly that I am not against African-American’s, though I am a bit bothered by hyphenated-Americans. We ALL need to be American’s first and foremost. A divided house will fall. Let me also state clearly that I don’t think race makes you any more or less qualified for any position. Education, experience and drive are what matters.
It it offensive to my sensibilities that this woman is being given serious consideration. I am certain there are many more qualified jurists available and more willing to adhere to the letter of the Constitution and not just make it up as they go along; ones that are not routinely overturned by higher courts.
I urge everyone to speak up and let their Congressmen know how you feel. Remember, they work for you. Unless you hold their feet to the fire and make them accountable to the people they represent, they will do what is best for their careers.