Republican Hypocrites

June 4, 2009

When I hear people like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich accuse Judge Sotomayor of “reverse racism”, why do I think they mean “racism” other than the way they want it?

When I hear “Right to Life” people celebrating the murder of a doctor in his church, why do I think they mean the right to take someone else’s life?

When I hear Republicans talk about a “Big Tent”, why do I think they mean the tent they want middle-class families to live in after losing their homes to foreclosures?

When I hear Republicans use the term “National Security”, why do I anticipate hearing something about why we should be afraid?

When I hear Republicans talk about “Judicial Activists”, why do I think of the “Bush v. Gore” Supreme Court decision?

When I hear Republicans talk about gay marriage as a threat to the “institution” of marriage, why do I think about Republicans voting against medical insurance for children and getting arrested in a public restroom soliciting gay sex?

Sure, I’m picking on Republicans – its fun to insult the falsely self-righteous, religious “Conservatives” who “hate their next-door neighbor, but don’t forget to say grace”. But the Dems have their greatest hits too. The Dems have their own particular strain of hypocrisy. It is not usually dressed in religious rhetoric. It’s usually related to being cowardly and compliant in the face of GOP nonsense. Take the Torture issue and Truth Commission as examples… or the Patriot Act or the FISA Act as others…

…Dick Cheney allegedly supports gay marriage (saying that everyone should experience “enhanced relationship techniques”). Yeah, right.

Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

June 3, 2009

There was an article in The New York Times Sunday (“The Waves Minority Judges Always Make.”) about the effect of a minority judge sitting on the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. It is an excellent argument for the need for diversity on the Bench. All judges form opinions based on their life experiences, just as all jurors do. It’s as unavoidable as it is undeniable. Justices Scalia and Thomas have previously acknowledged this. Having a woman like Judge Sotomayor on the Supreme Court will help the Court avoid miscarriages of justice such as their recent decision to eviscerate the protection of women in wage discriminations cases. Even Sandra Day-O’Conner tried to educate her fellow Justices on women’s issues.

Some people apparently lose sight of the fact that the law is as much a means of establishing justice as it is a way of maintaining order. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina put his finger on the real issue regarding the hypocritical, if not overtly sexist/racist GOP attacks on Judge Sotomayor: the Republicans have a base to “entertain”. What an indictment of the GOP! They care more about entertaining their “base” than what is good for the Country. Small wonder that the GOP appeals to its only remaining base: white, Southern, males.