Alternate Universe Quote of the Day
“I would hope that a wise white man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a Latina female who hasn’t lived that life.”

by editor on May 26, 2009

by United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, 2001

Actually, Roberts never said that. But can you imagine the howls from the left if he had? We suspect there will be no such howls from the left about Sonia Sotomayor’s racist quote.

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Kevin May 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

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Turnabout is fair play.

Linda May 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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It’s never fair when it’s from the left!

Flip Monroe May 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

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Well, how to put this… It doesn’t work that way because Latinos are a minority and have better insight to being that minority, a white man raised in a white town and gone to a white school would surely have better thoughts/judgments of that white world and especially since that’s the majority, not a big deal, to minorities it would be a bigger deal, and hence the thought behind what she said. Any minority would have said the same thing (and of course you didn’t put the quote in context, i believe she was talking about a Latino case or opinion), blacks would say they are better judges of black neighborhoods, gays would say they have a better perspective of Greenwich Village, Mormons would say they have a better view of Utah, all people are subject to their heritage and surroundings.

walker August 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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It does not matter if she is a minority and can better understand the life of a minority. The laws of this country do not change in concideration of race. Wait a minute, I guess they do. But, this was not the intension of our fore fathers and the early law makers that made this country great. Our country sucks right now compared to what it was in it’s glory and it’s all because of political corectness and liberal fairness (unfairness). Sotomayor is a racist but that is perfectly ok because at least she isn’t white.

John May 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

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Honestly, let’s take out the adjectives:

“I would hope that a wise person with the richness of its experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a person who hasn’t lived that life.”

I can agree with that statement, and I think the descriptive modifiers in either direction make it objectionable. And to set the record, I tend to vote left myself.

John Smith May 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm

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No need for the left to go ballistic over her comments. Rush and the right-wing sheep are taking care of that.

Junior May 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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“I would hope that a wise latina female with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion that offers more insight into specific key issues as a result of having lived a life experiencing the other side and thus being able to empathize [as a judge] than an equally wise white male who, while intelligent and tries his best to be unbiased, has not gone through the same social conditions necessary to fully comprehend how certain events may affect a certain community’s wellbeing.”

Is what she meant to say. But of course, imagine speaking that entire mouthful. Unnecessary, isn’t it?

She wasn’t saying, of course, that’s she’s smarter or that she’s wiser. Merely that she has experienced certain events in her life that allows her more insight into many issues that the court may deal with (not the fault of the other person, as you’re born into the conditions you live with; you don’t choose them). Which is completely true. I’m not sure if it was wise to state it out loud, but it’s true.

Do you want to know why nobody cares when people whine about reverse discrimination? Because at the end of the day, one group goes home in relative comfort and security, both financially and socially, and the other goes home to some pretty precarious conditions. You can guess which group is which. Yes, there are instances where the roles are reversed. Yes, there are times when reverse discrimination DOES represent a serious issue. No, theses situations don’t apply to everybody. But nobody’s saying that it does, and you’d be pretty dishonest to suggest otherwise.

Vic May 28, 2009 at 10:15 am

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What you silly idiots from both sides of the fence fail to realize is that it doesn’t matter whether or not this Appointee meant that she’d be able to judge a case, pertaining to minority issues or otherwise. She has readily admitted that her personal experiences do and will continue to enter in to her decisions. This is unacceptable on the Supreme Court. Read the oath that Supreme Court Justices must take:

“I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as Supreme Court Justice under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

Key words: WITHOUT RESPECT TO PERSONS, IMPARTIALLY

She very clearly has admitted her belief that no one is capable of performing this duty. I believe that people are capable of performing this duty. Sotomayor should not be allowed to do a job that she believes no one realistically can perform.

Administrator May 28, 2009 at 10:37 am

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Vic, big applause from us to you.

kaj August 6, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Bingo, Vic. The whole point of being a fair, impartial judge is not allowing one’s personal biases to affect decisions. Sotomayor has openly said she will not do this.

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