Friday, July 2, 2010

A SCOTUS That Thinks Like America

Our liberal friends make a big deal about diversity. But true to their values, they are not interested in a real diversity of thought and spirit, but only a diversity of the members of their political coalition, organized around race, class, and gender identity.

Still, with the anticipated elevation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the bench, the US Supreme Court is going to be singularly unbalanced, even by liberal standards. There will be three liberal women on the court. What about liberal men? OK, I suppose they are represented by Stephen Breyer, a former aide to Edward Kennedy. They should be so lucky.

You have to admit that the women span the gamut of liberal womanhood. There is the liberal ACLU activist, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There is the liberal quota minority hack, Sonia Sotomayor. And now there will be the liberal university and executive branch administrator, Elena Kagan. That must be very satisfying to liberals. Three feminist role models. All on the Supreme Court. You go girls.

Only thing is, liberals are way overrepresented on the Court. According to Gallup, self-identified liberals represent 20 percent of the population. So that would make a maximum of two liberals on the bench. At 44.44 percent, liberals are more than double their share of the population. Instead we have three liberal women alone. What about a conservative woman, girls?

There are, of course, four conservatives on the Court, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. But that's OK, because conservatives represent about 40 percent of America. We sure could use a conservative woman in that bunch, if you ask me.

The real gap on the Court is moderates, people who switch from one view to another, as the mood takes them. Anthony Kennedy is the only moderate on the court, and all I can say is that moderates are sadly underrepresented. For one thing, the lack of moderates reduces the potential for suspense and excitement. You never know where a moderate is going to come down on any particular issue.

It's time that moderates get all riled up about this. After all, do they really want liberals making all the decisions for them, including three movement-liberal women?

I'll tell you what I think, as we head into the Independence Day weekend. I think the present makeup of the Supreme Court it's cruel, corrupt, unjust, wasteful, and deluded.

It is wrong to have so many liberals on the Court.

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