Immediately after President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court this morning, you couldn’t escape references to her “great American story.” We have been (and will continue to be) regaled with stories of her humble beginnings: of poverty in the South Bronx, of a deceased father when she was young, of a young life on public assistance, of a poor but devoted mother who valued education. And then we’ve heard (and will be hearing) about how Sotomayor hyper-achieved: of scholarships to Princeton and Yale, of high-profile judicial appointments, of reaching the Supreme Court.
It’s a compelling life story, yes. But even radicals have compelling life stories. In fact, radicals have PARTICULARLY compelling life stories.
The White House, members of Congress like Chuck Schumer (charged with guiding her nomination), and the Left generally will repeat her “great American story” ad nauseam. In fact, today Schumer even dared Republicans to vote against someone with such an “American dream” narrative.
The last time we heard the “great American story” deal was when The Bama was running for president. Same theme: bi-racial guy, difficult childhood, raised by the grandparents, didn’t fit in anywhere, on to Columbia and Harvard. How could you possibly vote against such a grand manifestation of the American dream?
Sound familiar? Here we go again.
The Left uses the “great American story” as a smokescreen so that we don’t focus on the real issue: the radical, left-wing ideology of the person in question. While you are riveted by the tale of achievement by some previously down-and-out victim of American capitalism, you’re not focused on what they really believe and what they intend to do.
And here’s the other twist: while the Left spins the “great American story” as a triumph of individualism, it’s anything but. Neither The Bama nor Sotomayor really like America. Both are filled with rage at this country for perceived injustices and sins. They believe government allowed them to HAVE the “great American story.” They believe government made it possible, through affirmative action and other forms of social engineering. They don’t believe their achievement was facilitated by the individual but by the government.
Every morning, they get out of bed, open the drapes, gaze out at America, and don’t like what they see. That’s why they set out to change it: through the White House, through the Congress, and through the Court.
There is a radical remaking of America underway. We’ve seen it in the radicalism of this president. We’ve seen it in the radicalism of this Congress. And now, we’re about to see it brought to the Court.
Meanwhile, the hypnotized and sedated masses are glued, like obedient sheep, to what they are told: the “compelling, great American story.”
Funny: I don’t remember the Left being charmed by the “great American stories” of Antonin Scalia, who had a hardscrabble childhood on the streets of New York; or of Clarence Thomas, who slept on dirt floors in the South, was left homeless, and was raised in part by his grandparents.
Apparently, American dream stories are only considered “great” when they’re lived by liberals.
The Left will try to keep the focus on her biography. Don’t let them. It’s time we had a real debate about her, what she believes and stands for, and what kind of Justice she’d be.
The symbolic Lady Justice is portrayed balancing the scales of justice while blindfolded, to signal that justice is meted out in fair and impartial ways in this nation ruled by law. In the current situation, all we know so far is that while Lady Justice is blind, Judge Sotomayor is not.
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