Share your Feelings on the Sotomayor Nomination

sotomayor_notFrom Tracey Miller, our legislative action guru (Thank you, Tracey!):

Use the link to send an opinion piece to the major newspapers about the nomination of Sotomayor.

Organizing for America (BO’s site) asked all of its people to write letters of support for Sonia Sotmayor today. We must do our part to counter that effort.

To learn about Judge Sotomayor’s record and beliefs, click for

What Judge Sotomayor said about how her being a Latina woman will affect her decisions as a judge:

“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.”

Judge Sotomayor said that her experience as a person of a particular sex and ethnic background will make her a better judge than a person of another sex and a different ethnic background!

She has gone even further to say, “Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences… our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.”

These are actual quotes from Judge Sotomayor, spoken at a symposium sponsored by the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal in October 2001. And as if that wasn’t enough to prove her ethnic-based (and gender-based) bias on the bench, that’s not all she said:

“I further accept that our experiences as women and people of color affect our decisions… enough people of color in enough cases, will make a difference in the process of judging.”

Remember, this is the same woman who, when speaking at Duke Law School, made it clear that she believes it is a judge’s role to “legislate from the bench”: responding to a question on the pros and cons of different types of judicial clerkships, she stated that the court “is where policy is made!” She tried to correct her slip, by joking that “I know this is on tape and I should never say that, because we don’t ‘make law,’ I know, I know.” But, she already made herself clear: She believes JUDGES MAKE LAW!

In a 1996 article she co-wrote for the Suffolk University Law Review, she said,

Our society would be strait-jacketed were not the courts, with the able assistance of the lawyers, constantly overhauling the law and adapting it to the realities of ever-changing social, industrial and political conditions.

It gets worse: According the American Bar Association, Sotomayor is a member of La Raza (“the Race”). The National Council of La Raza was the group that was willing to compromise our national security by promoting driver’s licenses for illegal aliens, amnesty programs, and no immigration law enforcement by local and state police.

As noted this week in The Hill, “these statements raise concerns about whether Sotomayor, who was raised under modest circumstances in the Bronx, would serve as a neutral arbiter in a case pitting a wealthy white male against a less wealthy man or woman of color.”

To understand the judicial temperament Judge Sotomayer would bring to the Supreme Court, just look at one of her most controversial decisions — Ricci v. DeStefano. Sotomayor approved of the city of New Haven’s racial quota system and its decision to deny 18 firefighters their earned promotions — based on their skin color. This even provoked her own colleague, Judge Jose Cabranes (a fellow Clinton appointee) to object to the issued opinion that contained “no reference whatsoever to the constitutional issues at the core of this case!”

When judges make decisions based not on the application of law but on their personal biases about an issue at hand, the independence and authority of the judiciary is compromised.

Concerns about Sotomayor’s activist view of the law grew so great that, despite the fact that President George H.W. Bush appointed her to the district court in 1991, 29 United States Senators voted against her nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998.


Posted on May 29, 2009, in Legislative Alerts, Sotomayor Nomination. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Sotomayor displays hostility to our Bill of Rights.

    holding that protection for personal arms embodied in the 2nd ‘is not a fundamental right’; and;

    affirming a lower court decision out of Port Chester NY that green lighted a Kelo style govt taking of private property for conveyance to another private party.

    We will skip her overtly racist comments for now…if she is the new face of ‘justice’ to be followed by two or three more of her ilk, our problems have multiplied.

    Always remember SCOTUS is not ‘supreme because it’s right’; it’s ‘right because it is supreme’…

    be seeing you

  2. Tea Party Participants will closely watch full Senate vote to confirm Sotomayor.

    Next week, [first week in August] will be a very telling moment for Tea Party Participants who want nothing more than the documented intentions under which the federal Constitution was adopted to be observed and enforced.

    The full Senate will be voting next week to confirm Sonia Sotomayor as the next Justice on the SCOTUS. What is frightening among many Tea Party Participants concerning Sotomayor is that she blatantly exhibited a disrespect for our written Constitution, and, has even used her office of public trust on different occasions to subjugate constitutional guarantees!

    Sotomayor’s disrespect for America’s constitutional system was exhibited when she joked about judges making public policy, which sadly is in fact taking place at various levels within America’s judicial system, and is a direct assault upon America’s Republican Form of Government guaranteed under Article 4, Section 4 of our Constitution. Our Constitution authorizes our legislative branch of government, the people’s elected representatives, to be the only body allowed to enact public policy, and may only do so within the four corners of our Constitution and the list of enumerated powers granted to Congress. Our judicial branch of government is to enforce the documented intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted, which is void of a power to make public policy.

    But joking about subjugating the separation of powers in our constitutionally limited system of government as Sotomayor has done is just that__ a harmless joke. However, to actually engage in this very activity and use an office of public trust to subjugate and trample upon constitutional guarantees for no other reason than to impose one’s personal whims and fancies as public policy is far different than a joke, and is in fact an act of tyranny!

    Indeed, Sonia Sotomayor has used her office of public trust to engage in tyranny, and, Senator Graham supports her nomination and supports moving her confirmation forward and have a full vote in the Senate.

    And what are the tyrannical acts engaged in by Sonia Sotomayor which Senator Graham has given his tacit approval to by voting to confirm her? Sotomayor willfully ignored her oath of office to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment which was intentionally designed to forbid the force of government to be used to discriminate on the basis of race, and she sided with government force being used to discriminate on the bases of race (Ricci vs. DeStefano).

    In addition, Senator Graham apparently is comfortable with Sonia Sotomayor approving government force to be used to take a person’s property for a purpose other than a “public use” which is forbidden under the Fifth Amendment, and, Senator Graham seems to be ok with Sotomayor closing her eyes to government participating in an act of extortion in this same case, which is very, very, alarming! For details see: Senator Graham, (S.C.), confirms his traitorous ambitions

    The Republican Party Leadership has constantly complained about judge made law and how the Democrat Leadership gives its approving nod to such tyranny. But this is a good-cop bad-cop routine engaged in by members of Congress designed to keep the Washington Establishment in power. However, this coming week’s vote to confirm Sotomayor will expose the good-cop bad-cop game played by Senate members, and allow Tea Party Participants to identify those who are obedient to our written Constitution, and those who are complicit in subjugating the documented intentions and beliefs under which our Constitution was adopted.

    As to Senator Graham, let me personally thank you for exposing the Republican Party’s participation in the ongoing assault upon our constitutionally limited system of government!


    America, we have a problem, we have been attacked from within! We are being destroyed from within by a group of domestic enemies who have managed to seize political power and whose mission is in fact to bring “change” to America ___ the dismantling of our military defensive power; the allowance of our borders to be overrun by foreign invaders, the destruction of our manufacturing capabilities; the looting of our federal treasury; the brainwashing of our nation’s children in government operated schools; the creation of an iron fisted control unauthorized by our written Constitution over free enterprise; the devaluation of our nation’s currency, and, the future enslavement of our children and grand children via unbridled debt and inflation, not to mention an iron fisted federal government which intends to rule their very lives!

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