It’s hard to grapple with the reality that on Inauguration Day Barack Obama put his hand on a Bible and swore to uphold a Constitution he considers intrinsically flawed by, “…constraints that were placed there by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.” Did Mr. Obama swear to defend the Constitution as framed or one he hopes to construct into a socialist charter?
Do not be deceived, under Obama’s Brooks Brothers is a black power, Angela Davis T-Shirt and in his back pocket a worn out copy of Rules for Radicals. Barack Obama may have donned the cloak of non-radical agitator but underneath he is actively working the system to implement a specific social agenda. His aspiration is to bring about major redistributive change through the courts.
The flock Obama flies with has similar plumage to his own. Perusing his list of Cabinet appointees one would be apt to surmise our new president is both gender and color blind. However, upon closer examination and with a minimum of research it is obvious most of his Cabinet appointees adhere to the same leftist, radical tenets he does. The Father Pfleger model proves that color belies ideology. Barack Obama, surrounded by white people does not mean that he and they are not racists.
To an astute observer, Obama cannot conceal his ideology with smiles, platitudes or even mock moderate half-truths because his leftist schema is being revealed daily and specifically by his choice of Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Without uttering a word, Barack Obama revealed bitterness toward this nation and the radical racial agenda he hopes to implement. He is confident that the hope and change mantra he espouses will come to fruition through activist judges on the lower courts whose decisions will be upheld by judicial activists seated on the Supreme Court.
In picking his first Supreme Court nominee, Obama searched for someone with liberal, living breathing viewpoints on race and gender. Sonia Sotomayor gives Barack Obama’s dogmas texture. Sonia is the embodiment of Obama’s belief system. She is Reverend Wright dressed in a corporate suit, clip-on earrings and a pair of sensible pumps. Sotomayor may well be the incognito non-violent Angela Davis Obama has been waiting for.
During the election, Obama accused Republicans of using race to scare people saying, “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?” Sonia could pass for any average, middle-aged American but uses similar tactics to disarm potential critics by saying she lives as a Latina woman in a world that, “sometimes looks at her with suspicion,” because of her ethnicity. This is from a woman who suspicion has earned graduating valedictorian of her class at Cardinal Spellman in New York, winning her a scholarship to Princeton, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and then Yale Law School. She was Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan before becoming the first Latina appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Suspicion has served her well.
Sotomayor’s lengthy 2001 Speech at the Berkeley, School of Law exposes both bigotry and a judicial ideology. Her words clearly delineated her belief that the Supreme Court needs restructuring and rebalancing with minorities and females. She is not shy about exposing her prejudice when expressing the view that white men fall short when it comes to fair decision making, “….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.” A similar racist statement, if uttered by the likes of Judge Alito about white Italian males, would have sent him packing back to New Jersey.
In order to address the injustices of the past, Obama made his litmus test and the main criteria for Supreme Court nominee, compassion. He failed to mention that racism and bigotry were also a resume priority. Ms. Sotomayor‘s angst with racial injustice, disgust with judicial paternalism, coupled with her empathy for minorities made her a prime contender. At the mention of her name, the black power fist on Obama’s T-shirt beats with Tarzan-like pride.
With a friend like Sonia on the highest court, the Obama/Sotomayor vehicle can commence legislatively moving forward the radical social change Obama has been chomping at the bit to implement. She can maternally dispense 40 acres and a mule in the form of redistribution of wealth. She can balance the scales of justice with morcilla, patitas de cerdo con garbanzo and la lengua y orejas de cuchifrito, which everyone knows has been a long overdue equalizer of social justice.
It is important to understand that empathy has to do with identifying and understanding another’s circumstances and attributing your feelings to a situation. Identification with cultural, racial or gender feelings or the ability to relate to situations in flux is not sound jurisprudence. Sotomayor has said that, “…personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.” Yet, she fails to mention that Lady Justice should be wearing a tightly bound blindfold.
Eager to celebrate her Latina heritage in the form of legal rulings Sotomayor freely admits that “…there will be some [rulings] based on her gender and Latina heritage.” Law should be based on decisions that are measured against the unchanging pillar of the United States Constitution, not on women’s hormonal changes and identification with Puerto Rican cuisine, Cantinflas or the South Bronx. Sonia should listen to Sandra Day O’Connor whose tenet was, “…a wise old man and a wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in deciding cases.” The key word is wise and Sotomayor’s public statements have been everything but.
Obama chose Sotomayor because he felt she identified with racial injustices he is intent on remediating. Sonia is someone who could appeal to the empathetic public that elected an inexperienced, first term Senator based on race and oratory ability. The same precedent can now be applied to Sonia, this time matronly accessibility, coupled together with “Newyorkrican” sarcastic humor can be the catalyst to the seat of power. Can anybody say, “Yes we can?”
Judicial activists likely agree it is time for America to atone for past injustices by disregarding ideology, experience, and past associations in order to grant the ultimate prize of Supreme Court justice. Is it now America’s responsibility to symbolically compensate all minorities, by affirmatively catapulting Sotomayor into action? Keeping with liberal tradition, Sonia deserves a seat on the highest court mainly because it is time to mete out justice for past inequities waged towards all Latina women who go to Princeton, Yale Law School and then are unjustly nominated for associate justice on the Supreme Court.
Obama’s whole “redistribution of wealth” agenda is rooted in what he perceives to be national racial injustice and a means for him to dispense overdue political and economic fairness. Obama has never been shy about sharing his view on Supreme Court intervention or lack thereof in legislative policy. He has stated openly that a, “…rationale for bringing economic change through the courts” is needed and that empathy is the key to seeing those changes happen.
Sonia Sotomayor is a willing vessel. The judge conveyed her belief that policy is formulated in court and mocked the idea that it is not. She is a poster child for race and identity politics. Her bent is in the direction Obama wants the court to go. His belief is that our highest court lacked justice thus far justifies his statement that he wants Sonia confirmed so that she can, “…climb those marble stairs and start to provide some justice.” Sonia obviously agrees change is in order, “… not one woman or person of color in any one position but as a group we will have an effect on the development of the law and on judging.”
Barack Obama is on the precipice of being in a position to interpret the Constitution as a means of advancing radical legal opinions. His dream of a Supreme Court weighed down with racist, bigoted, activist judges who could assist him in the transformation of the system of government upholding and legalizing the Alinsky gospel of redistribution of wealth is about to be realized. Obama’s intent of bringing “…economic legal change through the courts” will have a friend in Justice Sotomayor. She is the empathetic, judicial activist whose job will be to help reverse 200 years of legal injustice brought upon this nation by racist forefathers who Barack Obama and his ilk believe deserve a postmortem day in court.
If Obama has his way, a left leaning judiciary, in honor of Sonia Sotomayor may even be open to removing the stars and stripes from the American flag and replacing them instead with the image on Obama’s Angela Davis T shirt.