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Sotomayor nomination continues to stoke controversy

May 29, 2009 by  

Sotomayor nomination continues to stoke controversy In the days since President Obama has announced Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, a variety of conservative groups have expressed their reservations.

Calling her "a radical pick," Americans United for Life has criticized the judge’s allegedly activist record and expressed concern that her appointment will perpetuate what it calls the Supreme Court’s role as a "national abortion control board."

"This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others … at a time when the courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance," it said.

Meanwhile, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has said the nomination validates the concerns of millions of American citizens who fear their Second Amendment rights are in jeopardy under the current administration.

It has pointed to the fact that Sotomayor was part of a Second Circuit Court panel that ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo in January that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states, which is in conflict with a Ninth Circuit opinion this spring in Nordyke v. King that it is incorporated to the states, and therefore places limits on their ability to regulate the right to bear arms.

Commentators across the board are expecting partisan confirmation hearings for the 54-year-old Sotomayor.

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  • s c

    Normally, this nominee should be treated the same way the ‘others’ do things. That is, coerce, lie, slander, use disinformation, obfuscate, cheat, politicize and treat people like dirt [to get what they want at ANY cost]. Simply make this candidate answer questions she probably doesn’t want to answer. Make America see that morality is more than a word to be used by people who have no conscience. Show
    that racism takes many forms, and that the ‘others’ play the race card card like a cheap violin. If this nominee cares about America, she’ll tell her ‘friends’ to shove it. Otherwise, it’s a matter of ‘protecting the new status quo,’ and America will again be expected to suffer and endure every hardship to please mindless robots who will do anything to destroy America from within.

  • Kathryn

    I believe Sonia Sotomayor is focusing on the struggles of Latino’s and other minorities, and as such is prejudice against people of money and power. As she feels that they should be held accountable to bail them out of their poverty. I know as a white woman, I have many gifts and talents, but have remain poor in monetary gains. Still I believe the constitution is the correct document as it stands. One gains life’s riches more by way of struggles and failures and successes, when they apply their strength and brains, for it is these experiences that she is denying the lower one’s on the scale of monetary riches. For many poor people have a richness, that many of the powerful and rich cannot conceive, it is one of knowledge of life and its many twist and turns that while some mean so much, others are useless endeavors schemes. God did not intend for all to be rich in monetary gains, as that is one of life’s many mysteries. One can be poor monetary wise while at the same time be extremely rich in many other faucets of life. That is a scale that is reality, and the two, can merge in life’s experiences of loss and gain, The poor man many times looks at the rich man, and dreams of ways to get there, he plans and makes a productive honesty in his attempts, this is character, this is what the country was founded on, not welfare. Yes it is nice to have some basic programs that promote learning and skill, but that is not a grantee of success for either the poor nor the rich, self determination and brawn and use of one’s brain power is a more likely benefit to society. Looking at different people of different lands and cultures they have many different beliefs, but man is man, and he must not be coddled and spoiled. To dig deep within and pull out the good and production of his, or her talents and skills is best left up to the independence of the person, regardless of race, color, sex or creed. Man has ability and power that must come from within, or he will not succeed of his own merits.

    • Peter Melville

      Thank you SC and Kathryn for your thoughtful view of things.
      I believe that politicians in particular seek to gain momentum by invoking envy and class warfare, not because they care; it is to draw people to worship and adore them so they can get into office. Poor people who get rich by illegitimate means will not find what they are looking for. While we must help the poor, like you say, it is so they will join us and help the poor themselves; to take part of the load.
      I can’t get over how little these politiicans give to charity either. People who have substantial wealth and keep it all themselves to engrandize their own legacy. How much money that is spent of Preisdential libraries could have been used to cure leprosy in impoverished Countries.


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