Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Why have a constitution at all?

One aspect of the Sotomayor nomination that hasn't gotten enough notice is the extreme arrogance implicit in her (and Obama's) view of the role of a justice. The Constitution, in their view, is an insufficient standard by which to mete out justice. It requires the lofty wisdom of someone with certain life experiences (hers, coincidentally; certainly not those of white males) to administer real justice. Sotomayor's willingness to cast her own judgment, wisdom, and intellect above that of our founding fathers is so offensive that it alone should disqualify her from the position. From her perspective, why have a constitution at all? Why not simply acquiesce directly to her superior moral authority?

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