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The selection of Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter on the bench of the Supreme Court of the United States by Barack Obama comes with little surprise. Sotomayor is an experienced jurist who was heavily favored to receive the appointment and become the first Hispanic appointed to the  nation’s highest court.

Sotomayor’s appointment was jubilantly received by union leaders, Democrat leadership in both the House and Senate and progressive leaders through out the nation. Obama’s selection may  prove to be the most liberal appointment to the bench in the history of the court. Judge Sotomayor has stated that Jurists make policy.  In the case of Sonia Sotomayor that policy will favor the progressive agenda.  She is expected to be confirmed by the Senate but, her appointment should stir concern within the GOP.

Sotamayor is the “empathy” nominee to the Supreme Court. Though justice may be blind as one reasons within the parameter of the law, empathy is not blind. Empathy allows one to interpret the law based on ones own experiences and interface with others. Sotomayor has gone on record as stating that ” a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

In other words white males lack the diversity of experience or “richness” in life provided by the minority female experience. These comments are at worst racist and at best naive. They are certainly narrow and frightening, when the source of these remarks may soon be a Supreme Court Justice. Obviously, in the experience of Sotomayor, white males lack both a rich experience and empathy.

There is in Sotomayor’s remarks the arrogance of the progressive that dominates the Obama administration as well as the green movement, the labor movement and numerous ‘social” causes. She may be a Latina but let us not forget that she is also a product of an Ivy League establishment that comes with an inherent sense of entitlement and superiority as evidenced by our current President.

We should not be so naive to believe that simply because she is a Latina that her life experience is so very different from our own. We are at a place in our history where our society is celebrating the accomplishments of minorities. We are celebrating the emergence of people of varying racial heritage, both male and female from the yoke of oppression of institutions controlled by white males. Let us not forget that it was white males that opened the doors that were too long barred from too many. We should be jubilant as a nation  that we can at  last support the truths that the Founding Fathers believed to be self evident, that all men are created equal, in a Declaration signed by white men all.

However, as we transition as a society in a nation of laws we should judge not from our “rich” experience as a Latina, an African American, a white male or female, but rather from our understanding of the law as defined by the rich experience of a nation with established precedents as opposed to the whims of an individual.

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