Here’s the opening paragraph of a CNN.com article published Wednesday morning (5/27/09):
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Republican Party risks further alienation from Hispanics by challenging the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, who would become the first Hispanic, and third woman, on the Supreme Court.
I don’t know about you, but that analysis of the situation, an analysis that is probably spot-on, depresses me.
Here’s My Opinion:
In a normal world, a person with Sonia Sotomayor’s flawed record as a fair and impartial jurist would not stand a chance of even being nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court; but the world has changed — have you noticed? In the Obama world, unless there is a BIG dark secret in her past that comes to light, Sonia Sotomayor WILL BE the next Supreme Court Justice. Why? Because she’s a minority and because to Obama fair and impartial are not attributes that are desired on the bench, he wants “compassion”.
Gutless Congressmen and Senators will vote for Sonia Sotomayor based on her minority status and beyond that, WAY beyond that, they will vote for her because they know CNN is right — they WILL loose many Hispanic voters if they don’t.
Do those Hispanic voters see a vote against a person who happens to be Hispanic a vote against Hispanics in general? Yes I believe they do! They ONLY see race.
And the ladies and gentlemen of the Congress know that votes are the coin of the realm, votes are all that matter! Doing what’s right for the U.S. doesn’t matter, standing behind the Constitution in the face of a President who despises it and a judge who they know will shred it doesn’t matter. Simply doing what’s right for the justice system and the American citizens of all races that it serves doesn’t even matter. Just going out and getting those votes, no matter which devil you have to sell your soul to, is the important thing. Getting back in that seat after your next election is all that matters! Isn’t that right Senator X and Congressman Y?
Not that Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t have experience or intelligence — she has those too but every record of her decisions screams that her entire point of view is based on race. Sonia sings the same song as the NAACP, LaRaza, LULAC and the ACLU about the failure of the “system”, the inequity built into our society, and all those racist whites who don’t want them to succeed. The vast majority of Pakistanis, Indians, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese and many, many other minorities here don’t seem to have that problem — they work hard, they study, they do whatever it takes to succeed and they either do succeed or fail but they don’t whine if they fail, they just keep trying. They understand that a failure is THEIR failure, not the fault of a racist “system”.
Sure there are some individuals who are textbook racists, who believe that any race but theirs is inferior, but there are so few of those individuals that they really don’t matter in the bigger picture. Sonya Sotomayor is, herself, being accused of being a “reverse racist.” Why? Because of the decision she made (it’s still being litigated) to throw out a firefighters test because the majority of minorities who took it failed. If I had been confronted with that fact I’d say that the majority of people who failed didn’t study hard enough; Sotomayor’s opinion is that the test was too hard — the obvious implication is that minorities aren’t smart enough to take difficult tests! (Hey! SHE implied that, I didn’t; I know better!)
Well Sonia, tell that to the millions of minorities who HAVE succeeded, some of whom live a lifestyle the majority of those ‘discriminatin’ white people could only wish for but will never see. They didn’t get where they are because of their color! They got there because they worked hard, used their brains and talent in the right way and because they refused to give up when they hit the rough spots. They got there because all that crap about the system being rigged against them is just that — crap! That’s a lesson those “Hispanic voters” should take to heart.
Washington Post: Secretly Selling Sotomayor
A Patriotic American Speaks: Liberal Cardsharps Play Race Card YET AGAIN
The Sin City Siren: 10 Things to Know about Judge Sonia Sotomayor (From MoveOn.org)