Stop the Bailout of Judge Sotomayor
Today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision (Ricci v. Destefano) that highlights for us the dangers at play on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. You can click here to read Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) press release on the ruling.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned Sotomayor for upholding a plainly discriminatory practice by the city of New Haven, Connecticut, where white and Hispanic firefighters were denied promotions because not enough African-Americans scored high enough to earn promotions on a racially neutral test. The Court said, “Whatever the City’s ultimate aim — however well intentioned or benevolent it might have seemed — the City made its employment decision because of race. The City rejected the test results solely because the higher scoring candidates were white.”
But Judge Sotomayor’s support of the city’s discriminatory practice has not happened in isolation. Judge Sotomayor has made no apology for her apparent bias in favor of minorities and has been very candid in her remarks on what she thinks is the proper role of a judge. She has 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.” She’s also said, “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”
She has expressed other radical views regarding the Bill of Rights. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) said after her visit with him that she “was unwilling to say the Second Amendment protects a fundamental right that applies to all Americans.” Several pro-abortion groups had expressed concern about Sotomayor’s scarce judicial opinions on abortion, but after visiting with several pro-abortion Senators, she apparently assured them of her allegiance. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said, “I was very pleased that the judge indicated that in the past that she has had a great respect for precedent and that Roe v. Wade is established law.” On the precedent established by Roe v. Wade, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-California) said, “I believe she has a real respect for precedent and … if that is really true then I will agree with her, and I believe it is.”
These concerns should remind us of the crucial importance of Supreme Court nominations. Senate Democrats have made clear their intentions of ramming through her nomination very quickly. We must be engaged now!
We have already seen what happens when we remain idle while our liberties are taken away by unelected judges. We must not let this happen again.
As senators are back home this week for the July 4th recess, make sure they hear from you about how concerned you are with the nomination of Judge Sotomayor and ask them to do everything in their power to make sure this nomination is not rammed through like the Senate did with the Bailout Bill that contained those million dollar bonuses buried within its pages.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has said they plan to vote on her nomination before the August recess. Let your Senators know this is not acceptable. We have provided a flyer (click here to download) you can hand out to family and friends highlighting the irresponsible way the Senate leadership is handling Sotomayor’s nomination.
Call your Senators at their local offices today (click here to find out their contact information) and let them know your concerns about her nomination and the fact that they are trying to rush her nomination through. Tell them that you want a thorough examination of Judge Sotomayor’s record and that you will be watching their involvement on this great debate about the proper role of a judge.
You can click here for an interview on the urgency of this nomination and the bigger battle for the proper view of our judiciary with Mario Diaz, Esq., CWA’s Policy Director for Legal Issues, and Manuel Miranda, Chairman of the Third Branch Conference. For more information on this issue from CWA, visit our Sotomayor page at www.cwfa.org.
“Then I commanded your judges at the time, saying, ‘Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him. You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man’s presence, for judgment is God’s.” Deuteronomy 1:16:17
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