Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sotomayor Unfit for Supreme Court!

Gun Owners of America has released an alert urging everyone to contact their Senator to block the confirmation of Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. During questioning today, her extreme anti-Second Amendment views became quite obvious. Furthermore her tenuous grasp of relevant court cases and cherry picking of irrelevant citations shows that she either does not have a strong grasp of Constitutional law, or simply ignores precedent to mold law to her liking. Either one of these traits make her unacceptable to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Some “highlights” of her testimony from the GOA alert:

“In defending her decision that the states could enact any form of gun control they wished -- with absolutely no regard to the Second Amendment -- Judge Sonya Sotomayor has developed a new love for Nineteenth Century court opinions.

“Demonstrating that she was programmed in her responses, Sotomayor defended one of her earlier legal opinions by citing "footnote 23" of Justice Antonin Scalia's opinion in the DC v. Heller case last year.

“But, when pressed by questioner Orrin Hatch yesterday, Sotomayor could not recite the contents of that footnote or the holdings of the cases which it cited. As it turns out, the footnote on which Sotomayor claims to rely, cited -- without approval -- two Nineteenth Century cases which rejected the notion that the Second Amendment was 'incorporated' to apply to the states.

“But those were also the days when the Supreme Court held that the rights protected in the First Amendment did not apply to the states. Apparently, Sotomayor wants to base her anti-gun philosophy on antiquated decisions from an era when the U.S. Supreme Court was spitting out racist decisions.”

Sotomayer is completely out of step with America on this issue. Recent polls show that 75% of Americans understand that the Second Amendment protects an individual right. Sotomayer clearly doesn’t believe that. Nor does she agree with 33 of the 50 state Attorney Generals that believe that the 2nd Amendment should be incorporated under the 14th Amendment.

Using these antiquated precedents to deny the rights of American citizens represent a return to the absolute darkest days of American history – when racial equality did not exist and courts upheld racist laws across the board. As time marched forward, more enlightened minds prevailed and many of these racist decisions were struck down. Unfortunately it seems there is a whole new generation of politicos in our country who would use equally discriminatory and reactionary thinking to deny Americans their rights. This sort of backward thinking must not be represented in our Supreme Court.

Please contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on the confirmation of Sotomayer for the Supreme Court. She represents an exceptionally dangerous discriminatory wing of leftist politics. America is better off with individuals like that not ruling on our individual rights!

Until next time!!!

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