No country for white men?


Filed Under General, SCOTUS on May 26 

I guess I should start this post out with an admission in the interest of full disclosure: Despite my nome de blog, I am in fact what Barack Obama would describe as a “typical white guy”. I have blonde hair and blue eyes. I do not tan. I burn. Were I a banker, I’d live in constant fear of Brazil’s Lula da Silva sending his goon squad after me to bring me to “justice” for my role in cratering the world’s economy.

During my youth, I spent a lot of time watching John Wayne movie marathons on Saturday afternoons with my father. He is of the generation raised on the Duke. I’ve seen John Wayne’s version of The Alamo so many times its screenplay is almost second nature to me. It was through this film that John Wayne taught me some principles upon which this nation was founded. As he was the principal money backer for the film, what he wanted in the script was put there. Here’s a bit of the Duke’s civics lesson:

Republic. I like the sound of that word. It means a people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober – however they choose. Some words give you a feeling that makes your heart warm. Republic is one of those words.

So, how are we doing with the current iteration of this republic? Let’s see here. “Live free” pretty much went out the window with Obama’s declaration that

We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK.

“Talk free”? Not if The Pelosi and Dusty Harry have their way and implement the “fairness” doctrine where only they will decide what speech is worth hearing. “Buy or sell”? Look for that to be re-branded as “cap and trade”.

As for the “be drunk or sober – however they choose” question – I’m tempted to take a cheap shot at Ted Kennedy, but I’ll restrain myself.

As many of you no doubt already know, The One stood before his adoring TelePrompTer and groveling White House Fan Club (commonly known as the Press Corps) and presented his first SCOTUS nominee, Sonia Sotomayor. Should Judge Sotomayor run the Senate confirmation gauntlet, she’ll be the first latina to serve on the SCOTUS – a fact not lost on the media. Obama went to great lengths to highlight Sotomayors experience:

Walking in the door she would bring more experience on the bench, and more varied experience on the bench, than anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were appointed.

I’m curious. Why is it that experience is a pre-requisite for sitting on SCOTUS but is not required for sitting as POTUS? But I digress.

I’m sure Team Obama has many reasons for seeking to elevate Sotomayor to SCOTUS. I have but one reason to see her join the ranks of those found unworthy of the robe. She thinks that guys like me have a judgment problem. Says Sotomayor:

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.

Among my several degrees you’ll find one in Latin American studies. I speak both the dominant languages native to Central and South America. I have spent years living and working among the people of that region. I have a great love and respect for them and their rich culture.

Having said that, I do not consider the Latin culture to be “richer” or superior to my own. Both have strengths, both have weaknesses. Neither should have an influence in determining the constitutionality or unconstitutionality of a law.

The primary duty of a Supreme Court justice is to make that determination and ensure actions of Congress and the Executive Branch adhere to this increasingly nebulous concept known as the rule of law. To inject Sotomayor’s “culture” test, or Obama’s “empathy” test demeans the very justice the court is sworn to protect.

There is, as John Wayne said in a subsequent Alamo soliloquy, right and wrong in this world. You do one, and you’re living. Do the other, and you might be walking around, but you’re deader than a beaver hat.

If Sotomayor’s idea of justice is indeed culturally based, she fits into the beaver hat category. Then again, what do I know? I’m just a typical white guy.