In a speech last week at Brooklyn Law School, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the nation’s highest court needs more strict constitutionalists in order to protect the Republic.
Wait a minute. *checking my notes*
I’m sorry. That’s something Ted Cruz said following the passing of Antonin Scalia. Here’s what Sotomayor said:
It’s important that we have greater diversity on the Supreme Court. I, for one, do think there is a disadvantage from having five Catholics, three Jews, and everyone from an Ivy League School.”
Though she didn’t mention him by name, the Latina judge was clearly expressing her opinion, if not her disappointment, with Obama’s recent nomination of Merrick Garland — a white, male Jew.
Of course, the desire to see a politically-correct judicial activist over a constitutionalist is a hallmark of the radical left, and Sotomayor’s views shouldn’t be considered unique, as they were on blatant display before she was confirmed to the high court. In fact, it was one of the reasons Obama nominated her in the first place.
While still an appeals court judge, Sotomayor gave a speech where she said:
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.”
And in an appearance on a 2005 panel discussion at Duke Law, Sotomayor was caught on video asserting her activist roots when she said that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.”
One can only imagine the outcry from the left if a conservative justice had made such a claim.
But in a world where political-correctness reigns, along with the belief that the Constitution is a “living document,” it’s not only given a pass — it’s embraced.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” David is also a contributor to RedState.com.
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