Congratulations to Sonia Sotomayor, condolences to the rule of law
By a vote of 68 in favor to 31 not, Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. First, a congratulations. Regardless of who is involved, attaining such a level is extremely noteworthy, and she should be proud.
Now, a warning with regard to the nine Republican senators who voted in favor of Sotomayor’s confirmation. These men and women have lost the privilege for the duration of their political career–which, I hope, will be short–to advocate even in passing an adherence to the principles and values exhibited by our nation’s founders. Sonia Sotomayor, for all she has accomplished, runs completely afoul of everything our framers wanted the judiciary to be.
So far, I am awaiting a full list of the nine Republican senators who voted in favor of her confirmation, but so far, in watching the vote on the Internet, I was able to pick out a few (plus one turncoat, spineless Democrat):
- Lindsay Graham (South Carolina)
- Judd Gregg (New Hampshire)
- Dick Lugar (Indiana)
- Mel Martinez (Florida)
- Olympia Snowe (Maine)
- Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania)
(Specter, of course, is no longer a Republican, but I felt he should be added to this list as he will surely cite his rich history of boneheaded and contraconstitutional statements, arguments and votes when it comes to confirming a Supreme Court nominee.)
You know, I wouldn’t pretend to come here to America’s Right and preach to each and every one of you the merits of a balanced diet, vigorous exercise and good sleeping habits. First, it would be boring. Secondly, and most importantly, those of you who know me would see my expanding midsection and dark eyes and realize quite quickly that I have no credibility on such matters. Similarly, any Republican or Democrat who votes in favor of confirming a Supreme Court Justice so obsessed with race that she has been known to ignore the Constitution and rule of law in favor of identity politics in making her decisions has no credibility whatsoever in advocating adherence to the law or denouncing judicial activism.
My God, America — what are we thinking? This woman, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, is a proud member of La Raza. She stated several times over several years that she believed wise Latina judges could come to better decisions than their white, male counterparts. She admitted that she often legislates from the bench. We’re destroying the very fabric of our republic, casting aside the rule of law in favor of a doctrine of race-based social justice. It’s insane.
Anybody remember the America’s Right Identity Politics Pop Quiz? If not, please take it. Or if so, please take it again. We ought to be ashamed of ourselves.
I’ll update this post again when I have the final tally of boneheaded Republicans in hand.
Unbelievable. My only solace is that she may not have what it takes to build consensus and stand up, intellectually, against Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Sam Alito and Clarence Thomas. We’ll see.