By Allan Wall
June 16, 2009
Supreme Court is America’s highest court of justice, authorized
in Article 3 of the Constitution. It’s been meeting since 1790 and
its traditions are many.
I remember when I visited Washington, D.C., many years ago, there was something special about that Supreme Court building.
There are only nine justices on the court, they aren’t replaced very often, and they may serve for decades. So it’s a special time when a new one is being nominated and considered.
What characteristics, then, should we look for in a Supreme Court justice?
Shouldn’t a new justice be selected on the basis of his knowledge of and fidelity to the U.S. Constitution and the Anglo-American common law legal tradition?
Or is it better to just pick a justice on the basis of ethnic identity politics?
it is 2009 and President Obama has appointed Sonia Sotomayor as the next
Whence the publicity? Judge Sotomayor is a “Latina,” and would therefore be the first “Latina” on the court. This is regarded as a Big Deal, especially by those who believe that we must, in every possible way, do everything possible to pander to the “Hispanic Vote.”
So yes, we have identity politics at work here. Just imagine future appointments to the court. The first “Asian-American” justice. The first
justice. The first “Hearing-Impaired Black Hispanic Lesbian Justice.”
The possiblities are myriad. Some day, they may feel compelled to expand
the membership of the court to accommodate more “minorities.”
There is a symbol of judicial impartiality, in use since the time of the Renaissance, which portrays justice as a blindfolded woman brandishing a sword and set of scales.
Sonia Sotomayor, in contrast, had this to say about impartiality:
“….our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
Sounds like it’s time to dump “Lady Justice” on the ash heap, and replace her with “Lady Latina.” After all, Sotomayor herself said she thought a “wise Latina” could make a better judgment than a white man who hadn’t had the same experience.
Judge Sotomayor has made so many comments in the past about her Latino identity. It is very important to her. In fact, here’s a quote that reveals that she doesn’t even identify with mainstream American culture:
“….individuals like us, many of whom are born in this completely different American culture, still identify so strongly with those communities in which our parents were born and raised.”
What will Republicans do when Sotomayor is interviewed in the Senate? What should they do?
Should they question her about her previous comments? Should they go easy on her so as not to offend Hispanic voters?
Consider the words of Lionel Sosa. This gentleman is a longtime Hispanic Republican, who designed advertisements to reach Latinos, for both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Sosa says the GOP should not oppose Sotomayor, that to do so “would be one more nail in the Republicans’ image coffin in terms of Latino voters.”
Sosa went so far as to say "When you're anti the first Latina on the Supreme Court, you're anti my family. As a Republican, I would take it that these people are anti-Latino. The worst thing the Republicans can do is oppose her."
Did you catch that? All his years as a Republican, but where does his loyalty still lie? With whom does he still identify?
Now he’s saying that Republicans shouldn’t oppose even a leftist Hispanic for fear of offending Latinos!
in great part to mass immigration, the Latino population is growing rapidly
in the U.S. More and more of them are not assimilating, and with attitudes
like this, it’s hard not to see why.
What the professional Hispanic Lobby wants is NOT equal justice under the law. What this Lobby wants is special privileges for Hispanics. If present trends continue, you can expect the transformation of the U.S.A. into a northern appendage of Latin America.
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Before jumping on the multicultural/Affirmative Action/Pander to Hispanics bandwagon, it’s time to really sit down and ask ourselves if this is the direction in which we want our country to go.
Is this the kind of justice we want for our nation’s future?
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Allan Wall recently returned to the U.S. after residing many years in Mexico.