I recently wrote a letter to the Kansas City Star regarding the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I was writing to concur with a commentary the Star printed by National Review's Jonah Goldberg, who was their "token conservative" for May 28th. My letter appeared in the June 2 edition of the Star, and can be seen on their website by clicking here. You can read Goldberg's excellent commentary by clicking here. If you don't want to click anything, my letter is written below:
Dear KC Star:
Jonah Goldberg (5/28, Opinion, “Empathy, impartiality on judicial collision course”) gave the greatest disqualifying factor for Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court. President Obama has vowed to appoint a justice who would break her own oath of office to “administer justice without respect to persons” by appointing someone with “empathy” toward people’s “struggles.” Obama wants a social worker rather than a judge. Sotomayor fits the bill, saying her “Latina” heritage means she would make better decisions than a white male.
We need judges who will do their job and uphold the law, not make decisions based on “empathy.”
I commend Goldberg for pointing out something that should be obvious: Sotomayor is unqualified. But I doubt the Senate has the spine to do the right thing. As usual, they will do what is politically expedient and punish the country with another federal judge who will thumb her nose at American law.