Thursday, May 28, 2009
Confirmed: Obama's Openly Racist And Sexist Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Is An Official Member Of National Council Of La Raza
On May 28th, 2009, WorldNetDaily confirmed that Barack Obama's openly racist and sexist Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, is an official member of the National Council of La Raza, widely perceived as a Latino supremacist group. The source of the confirmation is a National Hispanic Month 2000 biography, posted on Abanet.org. [Ed. Note: Hat tip to the Council of Conservative Citizens for the great graphic.]
This revelation further fuels a conservative-dominated fire initially sparked by a controversial speech delivered at the Judge Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture in 2001, delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The speech was subsequently published in the Spring 2002 issue of Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, a symposium issue entitled "Raising the Bar: Latino and Latina Presence in the Judiciary and the Struggle for Representation", and can be found in the New York Times or all on one page on Stormfront. Among the more controversial remarks was her assertion that "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life”. Sotomayor also referred to the cardinal duty of judges to be impartial as a mere “aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others.” And she suggested that “inherent physiological or cultural differences” may help explain why “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.” It is this speech which starkly reveals Sotomayor's open racist and sexist tendencies.
Additional criticism of Sotomayor has been published in The New Republic. Although an able lawyer, she's considered to be "not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench". Another person claimed that "She has an inflated opinion of herself, and is domineering during oral argument". In addition, five of six appellate decisions she was involved in were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
But it's the Ricci v. DeStefano decision that has brought her the most recent notoriety. In one of her most notable decisions as an appellate judge, she sided with the city of New Haven, Conn., in the discrimination case brought by white firefighters in 2008. The city threw out results of a promotion exam because too few minorities scored high enough. But in that case, Judge Sotomayor was chastised by fellow Clinton-appointee Jose Cabranes for going to extraordinary lengths to dispense with claims of unfair treatment raised by firefighters. Judge Sotomayor’s panel heard a case raising important questions under Title VII and equal protection law, but attempted to dispose of the firefighter’s arguments in a summary order, until called out by Judge Cabranes. Coincidentally, that case is now before the Supreme Court.
Nominated by President George H. Bush in November 1991, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed on August 11th, 1992 by the U.S. Senate to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Only six years later, she was nominated by President William Clinton to serve as an appellate judge and she was confirmed by the Senate on October 2nd, 1998 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by a 67-29 vote. Among those voting for her confirmation were both of Utah's U.S. Senators, Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch. Hatch asked no questions of Sotomayor during her 1998 hearings.
Senator Hatch, the second most-senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee, expresses no regret for his 1998 vote, and even congratulated Sonia Sotomayor on her nomination, but said he would carefully examine Sotomayor's understanding of the power and role of judges in our system. Hatch is not prepared to say that Sotomayor is racist, but wants her to explain the statements previously made to determine whether or not they represent her current views. He also said that if the Committee finds that she's been an activist judge, they have the duty to reject her, and laid out additional concerns during an interview with Sean Hannity. But Hatch concedes that it is quite likely she'll be confirmed by the Senate, because the Democrats already have the votes, although the Republicans will try to delay the vote until September. Watch local Utah reaction on the KSL video embedded below:
Bob Bennett had much less to say, merely congratulating Judge Sotomayor on her nomination, and anticipating a thorough review of her record. Other Utahns reacted. A direct link to a KSTU Channel 13 video available HERE. Utah's legal community has some mixed views on Sotomayor as well.
If Sonia Sotomayor was running for elective office, the controversy would not be as great, because the voters would have a chance to reject her. But she's being considered for one of the highest appointive offices in the land - the U.S. Supreme Court. A Supreme Court justice functions best as an umpire - calling the balls and strikes down the middle. Sotomayor's association with a racist organization, combined with her subjective, non-constructionist view of jurisprudence, disqualifies her from service on the Supreme Court.