Monday, June 08, 2009

To the left, minorities only matter if they agree with the left

J.C. Watts does a great job here of pointing out the hypocrisy of the left on stories of people who came from nothing and became incredible people with incredible accomplishments. Everyone in the media and the Obama administration gush over Sotomayor background of being born in the Bronx to immigrants from Puerto Rico and was raised by a single mother after her father died when she was nine.

But not so fast. There are other equally amazing stories that you may have missed:

"... recall how Clarence Thomas was treated in his confirmation process. I guarantee you'll not find more humble beginnings than his birthplace in Pin Point, Ga.

Thomas made it to the Supreme Court by a 52-48 vote in 1991, after he was man enough to call the process just what it was in his case -- a "high-tech lynching."

Think of Miguel Estrada, the 2001 circuit judge nominee whose confirmation was filibustered by Democrats to where Estrada withdrew. He came from humble beginnings in Honduras and arrived in the United States as a teenager with limited knowledge of English.

Think of Janice Rogers Brown's nomination to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. She took her seat only after two years of procedural delays. And you can't find more humble beginnings than being the daughter of sharecroppers who attended segregated schools in Alabama.

Interestingly, all three of these nominees are ethnic minorities. Two black, one Hispanic.

The people who put these three nominees through their living hell somehow failed to slobber all over themselves concerning their paths from the valley to the mountaintops.

Have you ever wondered why? Let me enlighten you:

The reason these three minority candidates got no credit for their individual journeys is due to the fact they lined up the wrong way on the Second Amendment -- the right to keep and bear arms.

They lined up the wrong way on when life begins -- at the time of conception.

They lined up wrong on how to make policy. They believe our nation creates policy through legislation -- not through the courts, as Judge Sotomayor and President Obama seem to believe.


But please spare us the hogwash that if a nominee has a great rags to riches story, he or she is entitled to a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.

If it were about pulling one's self up by the bootstraps, Clarence Thomas would not have had to endure the most brutal confirmation fight in history, and Miguel Estrada would be sitting on the federal bench today.

The process today is about viciously imposing political correctness on the Second Amendment, the issue of life, and legislating from the bench, and viciously punishing anyone who does not comply.

Clarence Thomas, Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada all believe the responsibility of the jurist is to define the law of the land, not to create it.

In my opinion, it's OK if some disagree with Thomas, Brown and Estrada. That's fine. But we shouldn't confuse a great human interest story with the merits of confirmation to the bench. I just don't believe the fantasy that living a "rich life" qualifies one to be a Supreme Court justice.

Don't kid yourself, folks. It's only a facade. According to the oath that a judge is administered, one's empathy is not the standard.