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>I Commented On Charles Krauthammer’s Sotomayor Op Ed

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dusanotes wrote (that’s me, Don White):
Charles Krauthammer is right. Leave empathy at the courthouse steps. Justice does — or should — wear a blindfold. “Richness of her ( Judge Sonja Sotomayor’s) experience” is subjective. We all feel we were denied something growing up. Especially those of us born during the depression as I was. But it is not cause to win lawsuits, for colleges to lower entrance standards, or for Democrats to love Judge Sotomayor and forget truth, logic, and the Constitution so we can have our first Latina Supreme Court jurist. We’ve got our first black president and look what he has done in the name of leveling the playing field — he’s almost “flattened” this country so that it may never be the prosperous land of the free Most Americans were born into. The new Value Added Tax (VAT) Obama and the Demos are foisting on all — poor and rich alike without proper debate — will make us look more like socialist Europe and one step closer to third world status and efficiency.

Here is the well-reasoned Krauthammer article in part:

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor has a classic American story. So does Frank Ricci.

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Ricci is a New Haven firefighter stationed seven blocks from where Sotomayor went to law school (Yale). Raised in blue-collar Wallingford, Conn., Ricci struggled as a C and D student in public schools ill-prepared to address his serious learning disabilities. Nonetheless he persevered, becoming a junior firefighter and Connecticut’s youngest certified EMT.
After studying fire science at a community college, he became a New Haven “truckie,” the guy who puts up ladders and breaks holes in burning buildings. When his department announced exams for promotions, he spent $1,000 on books, quit his second job so he could study eight to 13 hours a day and, because of his dyslexia, hired someone to read him the material.

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He placed sixth on the lieutenant’s exam, which qualified him for promotion. Except that the exams were thrown out by the city, and all promotions denied, because no blacks had scored high enough to be promoted.
Ricci (with 19 others) sued. Read the rest of this great Op Ed.


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