Blogs by Michael J Hayutin
Pandering and Patronizing
6/2/2009 10:40:09 AM
Those who make excuses for nominee Sonia Sotomayor hold her in less regard than those who ask her to explain herself. The left holds women and minorities to a lower standards than white males. So just who are the real bigots?
‘I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his American heritage would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a woman of Puerto Rican descent who hasn’t lived that life.’
‘Whether born from experience or inherent physiological differences, he said, for jurists who are men and white, our gender and national origins may and will make a differences in our judging.’
‘I question whether achieving impartiality is possible in all, or even, most cases .... And I wonder whether by ignoring our differences as men and women who are white we do a disservice both to the law and society.’
‘Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see,’ he said.
Words that would tend to be disqualifies for white male candidates for judicial appointments suddenly become reasonable when uttered by a woman of Puerto Rican heritage.
By paraphrasing and changing the gender and color of the candidate who utters the above words I clarify for anyone, who judges people using criteria other than race, gender or heritage, the meaning of some of the things Judge Sonia Sotomayor has said.
So goes my gender and ethnic editing of the Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s expressed judicial approach. Her views whether from a white man’s or Puerto Rican’s woman’s perspective are a crystal clear refutation of the concept of blind justice. Better known as the intent of American judicial system
So why are so many Democrats and Republicans falling all over themselves to spin the clear meaning of this judge’s words to mean anything and everything other than what she actually said and meant?
The answer is as clear as the intent of Judge Sotomayor’s words. We live in a time when criticizing liberal minorities is a social faux pa. She tells us exactly how she views her judicial role and some choose to listen through a condescending filter The irony is that those who twist and contort the obvious to defend this very smart lady patronize her and pander to the worst of political correctness. They are the ones who hold her in disregard. They act like parents desperately trying to rationalize a child’s misbehavior. But Judge Sotomayor is neither a child nor misbehaving. She is merely stating opinions that tend to diminish confidence in her ability to interpret the law rather than meat out her female and ethnic take on “fairness”.
The patronizers know in their hearts what she meant as this very articulate woman spoke from her heart. So either they do not believe in the concept of blind justice or they feel she is incapable of explaining herself and being held to account. Either way our judicial selection process loses.
Is this very accomplished woman not responsible for her beliefs? The true sign of respect is in holding some one accountable for their words and deeds. Those who pretend the judge meant something other than what she said have a whole lot less regard for her intellect then those who call her to account.
I have no illusion about the fact that she will most likely become our next Associate Justice. And I have nothing positive to say about those who are calling her names. Ironically however those who label her remarks racist hold her to a higher standard then those who make excuses.
But her confirmation and the vitriol directed at those who demand she explain herself is sad commentary on an America that is losing it’s way. Each and every time the mavins of political correctness treat women or minorities as if they are not as accountable as white males they expose their own low regard for woman and minorities.
No exactly Reverend King’s dream for America.
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