Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor's Quotes Reveal Complete Ignorance on the Duties of Our Judicial Branch

Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's first nominee for the Supreme Court of The United States, seems to have less knowledge on the duties of our judicial branch than the average high school student. (public school students excluded of course)

Let's have a brief discussion on the separation of powers. Most High School students are educated on how our government operates with three separate branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial. Each branch has it's own powers and limitations. This type of government prevents any branch from gaining too much power, thus limiting the possibility of abuse of power. The President (executive) may enact certain things, but is overseen by congress (legislative) and the courts (judicial). Each branch has it's own powers and limitations. Apparently Judge Sotomayor is not familiar with our Constitution and the separation of powers, maybe I'm losing my mind but it would seem familiarity with these would be somewhat of a prerequisite for the job.

Sotomayor, self-admittedly claimed that it is a judges job to make policy, rather than adjudicate and interpret constitutional law. Don't believe me? It's on tape!

This type of viewpoint should prevent her from being a judge at all, much less a Supreme Court justice.

She has been overturned 80% (4 out of 5 times) by the Supreme Court when they reviewed opinions that she authored. 3 out of the 4 times the Court held that Judge Sotomayor erred in her statutory interpretation. Not exactly a resume builder for a Supreme Court position.

Judge Sotomayor stated, "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."

Now, let's play a little game. Let's use the same quote from above, but let's switch the places of "Latina woman" and "white male", and let's make the quote from any white male you would like to use. For my game I have used Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy...

Judge Kennedy stated, "I would hope that a wise white male with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latino woman."

Now can anyone look me straight in the eye and tell me that Judge Kennedy would be nominated, much less stand any chance of being confirmed if he had made that statement? The statement oozes with racism, and yet, judge Sotomayor will more than likely get a pass on this, because of a dangerous double standard we have accepted in this country.

This is the first real chance for the Republican Party to tighten up their belts and reestablish themselves as the "conservative" party. It will be interesting to see if they put on their gloves for a fight, or slip further to the left and away from any defining feature or stance, by giving the radical left yet another free pass.

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