Readers debate SCOTUS pick. Andrew Cline gets called out. Jeffrey Lord, safe at home. Plus more.
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WHAT IF ANDREW CLINE WEREN’T WHITE?
Re: Andrew Cline’s What if Sotomayor Were White?
As a woman I find Andrew Cline’s column on Sonia Sotomayor offensive, as is his institutional hubris as a white male who has enjoyed all the privileges that go along with that status. Those of us who are female, or even more so minority and female, live with institutional discrimination daily. In the history of the Supreme Court there have been TWO WOMEN on the bench. That is shocking, and utterly offensive in a nation that is 51 percent female. Why can’t men understand that? What is it you think you are protecting by writing statements such as this:
“Sonia Sotomayor might have been discriminated against in her life, but she never suffered the pervasive institutional discrimination Thurgood Marshall did, and as far as the public record shows the only bigotry she has experienced is the soft bigotry of low expectations being applied to her right now.”
I write this as an open letter to white men in this country. Get over it. Your power base is shrinking, and it’s about time that it did. For too long you have held closely the reins of power, and now that the 21st century is upon us, and we have the opportunity to greater advance ourselves, we all deserve a share of the pie. Stop your own brand of bigotry against accomplished women.
To Andrew Cline I say personally, you haven’t a clue of what discrimination is until you’ve had to wait in a bathroom line for 20 minutes because there are only two stalls for twice as many (women) customers. You don’t know what discrimination is until you see yourself working circles around your superior, a white male who holds his position simply because of a glass ceiling against women — and you make less than he does even as you work 20% harder. These are the realities of my life as a middle-aged, professional woman. And there are many women like me to whom your column is simply a reminder of what we put up with daily, and why it has to change.
I am tired of the bigoted yammering against Sotomayor. In the
words of Anton Scalia, “Give me a Break.”
— Jane Fuller
Question: does the nominaton of Harriet Miers say anything about
how the right views the role of the courts in this country? I
must have missed that piece when you wrote it, back in the good
— Jeff Calvin
Thank you so very much for giving voice to the likes of Andrew Cline. As a progressive, it is very comforting to hear the shrill cries of a wounded and dying beast.
What if Cline could think?
It would say a lot about the right, and it’s chances of being
relevant in ten years…
— Richard May
Re: John Tabin’s Sonia Souter Left:
Another neat analysis from Mr. Tabin, but I did find his last sentence amusing in a self-flagellating way.
“It is not, however, much of a reason for committed originalists in the Senate to support her confirmation — at least if they apply Obama’s own standard.”
This is another time when we thank the Hindu gods for the precious gift of karma and someone (I don’t know who) for the almost equally priceless gift of “The Law of Uninintended Consequences.”
Her confirmation or defeat is not going to come down to “reasons” or “standards.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?