Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Miguel Estrada should have been first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice
"Fair Minded" liberals made sure his nomination never came to a vote. They filibustered to prevent a vote. Using that same sliding scale of morality that enables them to change the rules as they see fit, they say they would be outraged if any filibuster took place to prevent a vote on Sotomayor. Two sets of rules, as usual. In fact, to show you how devious and ruthless the left is, internal memos to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin mention liberal interest groups' desire to keep Estrada off the court because his Latino heritage made him "especially dangerous" as a potential future Supreme Court nominee. While Republicans were extremely polite with Sotomayor, Judge Alito was subjected to liberal vitriol and hatred... the same tactics they say they abhor. At Senate hearings several Senators called Alito a racist. Alito's wife left the room crying during the process. But I'm getting off point.
Let's talk about Estrada's legal background, which makes Sotomayor appear to be unqualified to even clerk for him. Remember how she admitted affirmative action played an important role in her achievements? How she wasn't a very good student? How the tests were skewed to give advantage to whites? That's the same old argument used when people can't answer questions correctly.
Well sorry Sonia, Estrada got all the answers right. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree from Columbia in 1983. He received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree magna cum laude in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Those sorry excuses about skewed tests didn't keep this Hispanic from being at the top of his class at both Columbia and Harvard.
Now we've been hearing about Sotomayor's "personal and compelling story" ad nauseum. by Democratic Senators, who have then been parroted by the state-run media. How about a story that should have been more compelling?
Estrada was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. After his parents divorced, he immigrated to the United States to join his mother when he was 17. Unlike Sotomayor, he arrived here unable to speak English, and overcame huge odds to rise to academic stature that Sotomayor couldn't have achieved even if she had been given the answers to all those "racially skewed" tests she struggled with.
So why wasn't this more compelling story fawned over by the media? Why wasn't this man given the up or down vote his credentials entitled him to? You know the answer... it's all about left-wing politics. It's all about putting an Obama activist clone on the court to help him change that mean-spirited constitution... that pesky document that keeps him from really "transforming" this country.
So next time you hear these ideologues on the left brimming with pride over "the first Latino candidate for the Supreme Court". and how well qualified she is, think of the despicable motives that kept a truly great jurist and Latino off the court. And no matter how sincere Sotomayor's mia culpa appears, you will be getting an activist judge who will be trying to create sweeping legislation from the bench. By the time this woman gets into gear, Ginsberg is going to look like a conservative.