Without doubt, I know that this will piss off many fellow Hispanics and Latinos, but it has to be said. Judge Sonia Sotomayor should not become a Supreme Court Justice.
It’s really simple. The reason is blatant and hated by most liberals and Democrats. But we are speaking about the Law, and the ultimate judicial court. Sometimes the simple things are the most important.
Judge Sotomayor stated, as has been quoted often,
That was in 2001, and part of a 4000 word comment. But it is these 32 words that are vital. Because if a Conservative, a Republican, a White male, or god forbid, all of the above made this same statement any hope of remaining a judge would evaporate – to say nothing of losing the Supreme Court.
That is the honest truth. ‘A wise White Man, with the richness of his experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina Woman who hasn’t lived that life’, is enough of a statement to inflame every Liberal, Democrat, and Hispanic/Latino in the nation. The person uttering that essentially same statement would be called a racist, a bigot, and a disgrace to the legal profession. Every newspaper with even the least liberal bent would be citing this on the front page of the newspaper. Pundits would have nothing else to speak about for a week or more.
So why is it any different for a Latina woman? Especially when we are talking about the Law which is not based on inference but empirical standards. Why is it different when the basis of acceptance is supposed to be the same for every member of the highest court in the nation?
I do not agree with discrimination, in either direction. I do not agree with preferential treatment for anyone. I do not question the abilities of Sotomayor, her upbringing, or her qualifications. There are judges with better resumes, and others with worse. Some made it to the Supreme Court, most have not.
But there is not a single Supreme Court Justice I am aware of that has ever uttered even close to this kind of statement. Because the standard of acceptance will not allow it. Thus Judge Sotomayor should not break that standard.
There are many judges that are qualified, Latino/a, and have never made such a statement. Some might even be female. Why not select them? Because having a Justice that implies racial bias of any degree, further destroys the already broken legal system. And that could be a break beyond repair.
A Supreme Court Justice should be beyond reproach, or as close to it as is possible. There should never be the hint of racial or any other bias. Judge Sotomayor does not pass this hurdle.
Liberals will scream, as if that will nullify the truth of what I have said. Some will curse my name. Others will hate that I am blocking a first for the Court. But I stand by this simple reasoning. Which is no different than what I said about President Obama during the election.
“It’s not enough for a President to be Black. It must be the right man for the position, and if they happen to be Black as well, then it’s a bonus. Because the Office is more important than a historical record.”
I believe that. I said it often through the election cycle. I believe and say it now about the Supreme Court. If the next Justice must be Hispanic, if they must be a woman, then they had better be the right Hispanic woman. Because the wrong one is too much of a danger to be allowed to have the position.