Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quote Of The Week

"I will seek someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a casebook; it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people's lives, whether they can make a living and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes and welcome in their own nation. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes."

Barack Obama on his choice for a Supreme Court Justice.

Empathy?

How the laws effect our lives?

I'm sorry but I thought a SCOTUS justice was supposed to interpret the US Constitution based on sound legal reasoning and past case law, not if it is nice or not.

I would think empathy would be the last trait we would look for. To me it seems they really should be closer to cold and uncaring, calmly and unemotionally during their job.

What Obama is looking for is a Social Worker, not a judge. Of course, when your building a Nanny State, maybe a Social Worker on the bench is what is needed. I don't know.

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10 comments:

Greywolfe said...

This kind of thing is what makes me hope he has a stroke or heart attack from all that smoking. The man is a menace.

Everyone keeps saying that we have to be respectful. Why? He spits on everything this nation has ever stood for. Why should he get any respect?

At every turn he tries to undermine our Constitution. He just keeps pushing the envelope. God help us.

Chuck said...

Greywolfe, I do feel I have to have some respect for the office if nothing else but you are right, he makes it hard sometimes.

shoprat said...

While I don't want a cold-blooded snake on the bench, I would strongly desire someone who interprets the law, not one who simply ignores it.

DaBlade said...

This is what has had me most worried about during the campaign. Every thing he does will leave a big ugly stain of his legacy well beyond his one-term presidency. Obama's goal is to have a liberal bench with justices who have a constitution on our Constitution.

mksviews said...

"...whether they feel safe in their homes..."

I'm thinking hussein's yearning for understanding will quickly evaporate when it comes to the right to keep arms in your home for self-protection.

"Of course, when your building a Nanny State, maybe a Social Worker on the bench is what is needed."

A lot of social workers are needed for a nanny state, the more fascist and scumbag-like the better.

Always On Watch said...

BHO is looking for an appointee of the kumbaya sort -- to go along with his lefist agenda.

Fortunately, Justice Souter is already a leaning-left judge. Replacing him won't change the tone of the Court.

So is Justice Ginsberg, for that matter.

Moderate Justice Stevens is the oldest sitting on the court. I suspect that he's trying to hold on for four more years. I don't know if he can hold on for that long, though.

Time is against the right as far as SCOTUS goes. If BHO serves a second term, we are really screwed.

The phrase welcome in their own nation gives me concern. Is that a backhanded reference to reparations for descendants of slaves?

My Files said...

I agree with Always on Watch.
If this choice is going to be like any of his others it's going to be a JOKE!
But the joke will be on us.

Flavor Country said...

So you want a justice who doesn't think? You want someone who continues to rely on past cases which only result in the same outcome even though they may not be right?

You are reading too much into the word empathy. A judge follows the law not their heart. But if you don't have the mind to understand both position how can you rule fairly?

If that's the case we still would have Blacks riding on the back of the bus. Women would still not be allowed to vote etc...... That's if we continue to follow the laws that are already written.

That's what empathy is understanding and weighing both sides and making a sound judgment based on facts, not political party affiliation.

Larry Durham said...

Barry has made it clear that he thinks the constitution is wrong in that it only speaks of what government "can't do to the individual", ie restrict speech, guns, etc.

Lefties like Barry want a constitution that gaurantees outcomes, ie, a constitution that mandates economic security at the expense of the individual (income redistribution from the producers and risk takers to the "rightful owners" of American wealth such as the poor, labor unions etc).

His appointment to the SCOTUS will most certainly be a Marxists leaning, religion hating lesbian with a massive inferiority complex looking to "even the score".

Chuck said...

Shoprat, thanks

DaBlade, nice play on words

MK, good pick-up on the second

AOW, I think your right on a second term

My Files, agreed

Flavor, empathy and thinking are completely different. In fact it could be argued that one excludes the other.

As far as this

"If that's the case we still would have Blacks riding on the back of the bus. Women would still not be allowed to vote etc...... That's if we continue to follow the laws that are already written."

I disagree that this was empathy. I think it was the justices finally thinking about the Constitution instead of letting their prejudices rule them.

Larry, good comment. They want to use the Constitution to justify the means, not live within the scope of it.