From Gun Owners of America:
Obama Picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court
by Larry Pratt
The gloves are off and the mask has been put aside. All of the President’s previous dissimulation to the contrary, he aims to use the Supreme Court to finish off what is left of the Constitution.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an Obama lieutenant in his assault against the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We need to tell each Senator that this will be 1994 all over again. That is the year the Democrats lost control of the Congress when they voted for President Clinton’s gun ban.
Sonia Sotomayor is currently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second District. There she has racked up an anti-Second Amendment record. Generally she has displayed contempt for the rule of law under the Constitution.
The Heller decision put the Supreme Court in support of the Constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms. Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of centralized government power (as long as she is part of the power elite), immediately went into counter-attack mode against the Heller decision.
Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states. What? Well, as she and her cohorts claim, the Supreme Court has not yet incorporated the states under the Second Amendment. Until then, she believes, the Second only applies to the District of Columbia.
This is pure judicial arrogance -- something Sotomayor relishes (as long as she is one of the ruling judges). In fact, protection of the right to keep and bear arms was a major objective for enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment, as recently freed slaves were being disarmed and terrorized in their neighborhoods.
But Sotomayor disdains this important right of individuals, as indicated by an earlier opinion from 2004. In United States v. Sanchez-Villar, she stated that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.”
Sotomayor’s Second Amendment views flow naturally from her politically correct views on the law and the role of judges.
Sotomayor thinks that her being a Latina with the appropriate genitalia qualifies her to rule better than “a White male who hasn’t lived that life.” This was the judge’s “learned” opinion delivered in a Cultural Diversity lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law in 2001. As a politically correct elitist, we can be sure that she will continue to rule against the Second Amendment.
Sotomayor laid bare her raw grasping for power and lack of judicial temperament in a speech given at Duke University in 2005. She made it abundantly clear that she is not interested in applying the law and respecting the meaning of our founder’s words.
“All of the legal funds out there, they’re looking for people with court of appeals experience because the court of appeals is where policy is made,” she told her Duke audience.
Realizing that this did not sound very judicial (even though most judges act on this basis), Sotomayor tried to laugh off her brazen admission: “I know this is on tape and I should never say that, [audience laughing], because we don’t make law – I know. Um, okay. I know, I’m not promoting it, I’m not advocating it.” The audience continued to laugh. They got the joke.
Sotomayor’s joke will be on us and our liberties.
President Obama said he was looking for a judge based on their “empathy.” I have no doubt that is but a more considered rephrasing of Sotomayor’s genitalia philosophy of judging. Absent in all the chatter about Sotomayor is fidelity to the original meaning of the Constitution.
Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy might be best characterized by the Queen of Hearts who proclaimed that “I can believe eight different things before breakfast” -- except, of course, for the true meaning of the “right to keep and bear arms.”
By her own admission she wants her experience to rule from the bench, and thus, it is highly unlikely that her Ivy League, elitist factory background will lead to her “feeling good” about folks owning guns.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
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