Monday, July 13, 2009

Should Sotomayor be confirmed ??

Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice

The U.S. Senate begin the hearings today on whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be confirmed as the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice and replace Justice Souter who is stepping down. She would be the first appointment to the highest court in the land made by Mr. Obama. However, rulings made by her on previous cases that have appeared before her as well as public comments made in the past raise serious concerns about whether she is the right person for the job.

Ever since Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. began the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, the U.S. has made huge strides to eliminate racism, discrimination, and the other biases that have divided us. We have not eliminated these problems yet, but we are a lot closer that we were when Rev. King gave his life for the cause of equality. Judge Sotomayor's record shows at least an internal bias and at worst racism. By now most of us have heard her speech where she said that a wise Latina woman (such as herself) with all of her life experiences could come to a better decision than a white male. After all the strides our country has made to eliminate discrimination, why are we considering taking a step back now by considering someone for the high court who has a record of such bias ?? A judge's role is to rule on each case they hear based upon the evidence presented and the rule of law. Their personal life experiences, biases, and feelings should not weigh in on their rulings. They are to enforce the law equally not based upon someone's race, socio-economic status, gender, etc. I do not believe that Sotomayor can nor will do that.

Please contact your Senators (contact info at and ask them to vote NO on her nomination. I believe that one day there will be a well-qualified, fair and just, female Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. However, Sotomayor does not fit that description. Mr. Obama needs to present a better, unbiased candidate for the position of U.S. Supreme Court Justice. One that will enforce the Constitution fairly based upon the rule of law. Too much is at stake.

That's it for today. Next up on Thursday - Universal Healthcare a.k.a. Socialized Medicine a.k.a. ObamaCare.
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