I have the post-Memorial Day blues and Sonia Sotomayor is the reason why. Obama managed to disappoint me again by nominating someone no different than Ruth Bader "legislate from the bench guinea pig" Ginsburg ths morning. For a life-term on the Supreme Court.
I should have expected it. Globama said something about wanting someone who understands poverty, racism, and homelessness, that can basically legislate from the bench 5% of the time. Well he got what he wanted. In a proof that she's a liberal activist judge, she's been reversed a lot.
It pains me so much that we went from mourning those who fought and died for our Constitution yesterday, to nominating a woman who thinks that the Constitution isn't as important as her own opinion. She gave a speech in 2001 declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging." The law itself doesn't seem to matter as much.
Call me crazy, but I thought that legislating was done by legislatures with the Constitution as The Bible. Not for Sonia Sotomayor. Apparently, she knows better than any tattered piece of paper. In a complete departure from the neutral arbitration so important to the law that it's almost a hippocratic oath, we have Sonia making plans to reinvent the Constitution according to her whims.
"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,” she said.
We can thank Bush #1 for this sad turn of events. Instead of nominating a strict constitutionalist as he did with Clarence Thomas in 1991, he picked David Souter in 1990. The reason was of course, that Bush wanted to be bi-partisan, and hoped that he could get Miguel Estrada appointed later if he got Souter for the liberals the first time. The favor was supposed to be returned with Bill "womanizer" Clinton, but like most of the Clinton promises, this was another empty one.
So now we get Sonia Sotomayor, because all that really matters to Globama is race.
Not the fact that she's about to be appropriately overturned on her ruling that a White firefighter should not be promoted, because Black guys scored lower on that promotion test, but heck those Black guys should get the job.
I get it.
She's Sonia Sotomayor and she knows all about racism, poverty, gay rights, homelessness, and Puerto Rico. Those White guys need to just go eat their microgreens, tear up their Constitutions, and leave the legislating to her and Ruthie. She knows better because she's lived that life.
So now affirmative action is back on the table. Great. I can't tell you how many jobs I haven't gotten over the years because I'm Caucasian. Everytime, I go to the State to interview, there's an African-American or Hispanic girl so much more qualified. No college, no relevant experience, but so much more qualified. Uh huh.
And I suppose that we can expect abortion to be legislated from the bench more and more too. We should never have left abortion to the courts. We should have left it to the people. But, then we wouldn't need lawyers.
Some of you may know that as a history major starting out in 1997 at Texas, I was headed towards law school. I quickly veered off that course and went towards biology, but kept the history I loved so much in play. Until now, you couldn't have known why I decided law was not for me.
You need only to look at law today to understand why. Our kids can't even go to public school because of lawyers. A teacher can't give a crying child a hug when she gets a boo-boo because of the law. In one recent instance, a teacher had to call the police instead so they could touch the child.
We have too many lawyers and judges who are not neutral arbitrators. For instance, the defendant in the Roe vs. Wade case was Norma Leah McCorvey, a.k.a. Jane Roe. Thanks to Roe vs. Wade, individual state's were no longer allowed to make decisions against abortion. This all happened because Ms. McCorvey's lawyers wanted the spotlight, and wanted someone to legislate from the bench on their behalf. They didn't care about Mrs. McCorvey or her rape.
Today, Ms. McCorvey is pro-life and wishes her decision was reversed. She wrote about fetal pain and love for babies after seeing a fetal development poster.
I have a feeling that Ms. McCorvey wishes everyday that we didn't have so many lawyers expecting legislation from the bench. She probably wishes that people would take up a profession in need like nursing, so we can avoid the ego of a Sonia Sotomayor whose so above the Constitution.
Oh Reagan, you did things right with Sandra Day O'Connor. A neutral arbitrator. And I love you Bush #2 for choosing way, way conservative John Roberts. A strict constitutionalist.
Pray with me today, dear readers. Pray that Ruth Bader Ginsburg survives her pancreatic cancer through all of the Globama terms. And that when she finally meets her maker or retires first, it's during a Republican presidential tenure. One can dream.