Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 12:00am

Dangerous litigations

President Barack Obama most assuredly wants to appoint some person to the Supreme Court who shows empathy or sympathy to litigants who come before the Court. I believe most any good American has both of these fine traits in their system.

However, not just any good American can, or should, be on the Supreme Court if their legal decisions are based on these two traits. After all, this great country called the United States of America is based on laws and not pre-perceived sympathy or empathy for certain individuals or groups.

Lady Justice is a statute found in just about every courtroom in America. It is depicted wearing a blindfold. This is done in order to indicate that justice should be handed out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, person or weakness. In other words, blind impartiality and blind justice.

Mr. Obama, in his writings and his voting record in Congress has already shown that he will insist on an appointee who has the capacity to understand others and decide cases based on his or her sympathetic understanding of a litigant, not their understanding of the Constitution. This is dangerous.

Ray Sharer, 37214
 

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296 Comments on this post:

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 9:30

Just found this. Apparently, if you are old, male and a Republican you are happier than most.

Happiness Is ... Being Old, Male and Republican

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20090518/sc_livescience/happinessisbeingoldmaleandrepublican

By: Loner on 5/19/09 at 9:39

Chief, do you mean like Clarence Thomas? That guy was never a legal scholar with real gravitas; on the contrary, Thomas was a mediocre jurist with the politically correct ethnicity, one who conveniently embraced traditionally white, conservative values. Since his appointment, Thomas has been nothing more than an extension of Scalia's alimentary tract.

No matter who gets the nod, they will probably be far superior to the likes of Clarence "high-tech lynching" Thomas.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 9:46

Loner,

He at least understood the law which is more than Obama is looking for right now.

Now if you are talking about a legal scholar without real gravitas, I would assume you are also speaking of our current President as well.

By: house_of_pain on 5/19/09 at 9:50

chief, I notice your "Happiness Is..." post did not mention marital status.

By: Loner on 5/19/09 at 9:53

The only law that Thomas adheres to is the law of the jungle - survival, by whatever means available. He played the racist card to get in. He has been a Scalia sycophant ever since, It's working for him, he's getting by.

As for your assumption concerning Obama, you assume wrongly, Chief.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 9:54

That is because most Old Republican Male has young boy to play with.

By: brrrrk on 5/19/09 at 9:56

I disagree vehemently with what Ray has to say; that the element of sympathy and/or empathy should be excluded from the process when making decisions from the bench. There are times when coming to a fair and just conclusion goes beyond the letter of the law. And when it comes right down to it, it is the job of the justices to interpret the laws of the land, in spite of all the hub-bub that surrounds the word interpret. The problem comes when you have radical judges, both from the right and the left, that interject their own personal political beliefs into the decision making process for the purpose of molding the country to their own views.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 9:58

Loner,

You say Thomas played the race card to get in...but can't see that Obama did the same thing. Talk about double standards!

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 9:59

House,

Wasn't in the article. Not sure how marital status affects happiness in their studies.

By: slacker on 5/19/09 at 10:00

It would really be interesting if Obama, submitted his wife's name for approval.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:00

Nemo,

"That is because most Old Republican Male has young boy to play with."

Quite right...most Old Republicans have grandchildren to play with because they didn't abort their child.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:01

Slacker,

I would assume he COULD submit her name. At least she understands the Constitution, I would assume, as she worked in a law firm.

By: slacker on 5/19/09 at 10:05

Thats right chief, and she could be proud of her country a second time

By: Loner on 5/19/09 at 10:05

Well said, brrrrk. A little human empathy on the SCOTUS might have prevented the Civil War...the Dred Scott decision comes to mind.

Here's the Wikipedia cut/paste:

"Dred Scott v. Sandford,[1] 60 U.S. (How. 19) 393 (1857), was a decision by the United States Supreme Court that ruled that people of African descent imported into the United States and held as slaves, or their descendants[2]—whether or not they were slaves—were not legal persons and could never be citizens of the United States. It also held that the United States Congress had no authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories. The Court also ruled that because slaves were not citizens, they could not sue in court. Lastly, the Court ruled that slaves—as chattel or private property—could not be taken away from their owners without due process. The Supreme Court's decision was written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney."

By: brrrrk on 5/19/09 at 10:06

Loner.... here's what I don't get about Thomas. How can you sit on the supreme court for for almost 20 years, and not ask one damned question?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 10:10

I don't think it was grandchildren they were having sex with.

By: slacker on 5/19/09 at 10:13

Hey brrrrk, hate to change the subject, but your guru Albert, held his GW summit in our beautiful city, and we had the first frost ever, in May. What gives? brrrrk...I'm cold.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:16

Loner,

Unlikely the Civil War would have been prevented. Too many hot heads in Congress and too many people on both sides aching for a fight.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:18

Nemo,

Nope it was their wives. So Nemo, are you a man of experience on that other side your talking about then?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 10:18

It was not the first frost ever. I don't even think it is a record low.

By: Loner on 5/19/09 at 10:23

That's easy, brrrrk, it's called sloth, or laziness. I know it when I see it, I too have a lazy streak. I call it "inertial imbalance syndrome" - a body at rest tends to stay at rest.

Thomas is fat, he's got his cigars and a lifetime gig, why rock the boat? Thomas is no dummy, if he doesn't OD on Viagra, he'll be right there, sucking up, for years to come.

By: house_of_pain on 5/19/09 at 10:26

I suffer from that condition, too. A body in motion tends to sweat.
I don't get paid to sweat.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:28

Well, here is the unemployment stats as of April 2009:

Unemployment Rates for States
http://www.bls.gov/web/laumstrk.htm

A lot of these are blue states aren't they?

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:29

Sorry, I know that has all the states, but aren't the higher ones blue states?

By: Loner on 5/19/09 at 10:32

I disagree, Chief, Thomas played the race card when confronted by the Anita Hill testimony; his "high-tech lynching" allegation stfled all critics.

Barack Hussein Obama, on the other hand, won the Presidency in spite of the race cards being played against him by the Republicans and their right-wing media allies.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 10:35

This for starters, chife.

http://www.dkosopedin.com/wki/republican_Sex_Scandals

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:51

Loner,

Sorry but I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. President Obama won in spite of his lack of experience against more experienced politicians because of his race, IMO.

Thomas was confronted by Anita Hill testimony but she failed to explain why if he was sexually harrassing her, she continued to follow him wherever he went for promotions.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 10:52

chief, he didn't win because of his race, he won because people are disgusted (rightly so) with the GOP. that's the same reason the dems have the majority in congress.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:52

Nemo,

Sorry but the link you gave me isn't working. Besides, the Democrats have had their share of sex scandals as well...so there's nothing new here.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 10:53

i personally know folks who are incredibly racist but still voted for Obama.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 10:55

Blanket,

Ok...but a lot of people voted for him because he's black. It didn't matter that he was the most inexperienced of the 3.

Heck, I expected Hillary to win myself.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 10:58

some folks liked that he had less experience because they didn't want the same old game in washington. i'm sure some folks did vote for him because he's black but i bet that is a very small minority.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 10:59

We were talking about Repbulicans and beside the Rep are far more deviant than the Dems.

google it and click on list of Republican scandals and then Republicans sex scandals dKosopedid.

If you look you will find it. If you don't want to find it you want.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:00

btw, chief some of my black friends voted Hillary in the primary so the race card thing doesn't work.

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 11:03

Blanket,

Well according to CNN, inexperience and race are what really helped him out a lot:

Exit polls: Obama wins big among young, minority voters
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/exit.polls/

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 11:05

Blanket,

See that's what I don't understand. Some wanted him inexperienced...and I personally think that's pretty dangerous for the country right now. Just my opinion.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:07

rather than someone whose track record you don't like? seriously?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:07

just because he won big among young, minority voters doesn't mean he didn't swing enough of other categories to secure a win. bitter grapes much, chief?

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 11:08

It is funny that chief can find this....Exit polls: Obama wins big among young, minority voters
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/04/exit.polls/

But he can't find were Republicans Sex Scandals with chidren.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:08

http://rednecks4obama.com/

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 11:10

Blanket,

Well, I didn't really like Hillary's track record...but yes. Better the one you know than the one you don't.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 11:12

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 11:05
Blanket,

See that's what I don't understand. Some wanted him inexperienced...and I personally think that's pretty dangerous for the country right now. Just my opinion.
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That did not stop people from electing Bush, Reagan, Clinton, Carter, Truman, Nixon and so on.

By: slacker on 5/19/09 at 11:21

nazi, people will lie to you about who they voted for.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 11:26

Blanket;

My oldest daughter and her husband voted for Hillary and said that they would not vote for Obama. However after they heard more about him they then thought that he was the best for the job.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:29

slacker, i'm talking about close friends, not acquaintances.

By: brrrrk on 5/19/09 at 11:30

slacker said

"Hey brrrrk, hate to change the subject, but your guru Albert, held his GW summit in our beautiful city, and we had the first frost ever, in May. What gives? brrrrk...I'm cold."

I know I shouldn't go down this path but what the hell. If you really know anything about GW (as you put it), you would know that it's really about Global weather change. Global Warming is a misnomer, much like "enhanced interrogation" is a misnomer.

By: Captain Nemo on 5/19/09 at 11:39

I like that term "enhanced interrogation" It makes me less a crimnial.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:40

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/19/732934/-Gallup:-Moderates,-liberals-flee-GOP

By: chiefpayne568 on 5/19/09 at 11:43

Nemo,

Really?

Bush - governor of Texas from 1994 - 2000
Reagan - governor of California 1966-1974
Clinton - governor of Arkansas 1978 - 1982 1986 - 1992
Truman - Senater from 1934 - 1944 became Roosevelts VP ran for office in 1948
and won
Nixon - elected as Representative in 1946 Ike's VP from 1953 - 1961

Now let's look at President Obama's experience:

Obama - 3 terms as State Senator 1997 - 2004 2006 - 2008 US senator

Seems to me the ones you chose had a lot more experience in the executive branch or in the US government...particularly when you figure that President Obama started campaigning in 2007.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 5/19/09 at 11:43

Just some food for thought:

http://www.freethoughtpedia.com/wiki/Image:Ftp_flyer_page2.jpg#file