Archive for May, 2009
The Big B. O. made his choice to replace Justice Souter today and could have made few worse choices. Just reading a few of this judge’s opinions are enough to make a conservative skip their next meal due to indigestion. Every Republican in the Senate had better stand up and oppose this fool and be very VOCAL about it. Here’s a little bit about her:
In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases.
“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,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Her remarks, at the annual Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, were not the only instance in which she has publicly described her view of judging in terms that could provoke sharp questioning in a confirmation hearing.
This month, for example, a video surfaced of Judge Sotomayor asserting in 2005 that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.” She then immediately adds: “And I know — I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. O.K. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know.”
I was there for you.
Governor Ridge made a statement that I must disagree with, and it seems to be the basis of the wishy-washy problem with the moderates in the Republican party. He said that we should respect other opinions even if we feel they are wrong. That is in error; we should respect others’ RIGHT to have differing opinions, but if they are wrong, we have the responsibility as citizens to point that out in the strongest and most pointed manner. It does no one any good to ignore an opinion that is wrong. Here is how he said it:
“It’s a matter of language and a matter of how you use words. It does get the base all fired up and he’s got a strong following. But personally, if he would listen to me and I doubt if he would, the notion is express yourselves but let’s respect others opinions and let’s not be divisive.”
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“To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” —Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, 6 April 1816
“It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune. This necessity however exists; and the problem to be solved is, not what form of Government is perfect, but which of the forms is least imperfect.”
–James Madison, to an unidentified correspondent, 1833