Monday, May 11, 2009

Casual Marxism & Supreme Court Nominees

The Washington Post, yesterday, published an article on Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears. She is black, female and has a long record of leaning left in her judicial opinions. She is considered in the mix for nomination to take over the post on the U.S. Supreme Court that will open up with Justice Souter's retirement.

The left though, is expressing reservations. It seems that Justice Ward has a very shady association that may, as WaPo puts it, "complicate" her "chances" for nomination. So what is this association? Chief Justice Sears happens to be friends with conservative black U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Think about all the implications of such a mindset for a moment.

Let's try and work through even some of the issues raised by the view, reported casually by WaPo as if a reasonable position, that anyone who would dare maintain a friendship with Clarence Thomas is likely not Supreme Court material.

1. If you are black, you must embrace your skin color as the defining fact of your existence and your politics must reflect your victimhood.

2. To be a part of this victim class means that you must demonize those who do not accept skin color as a defining characteristic.

3. Merely associating with someone who holds differing political views is enough to mark you as not truly a "victim."

Such attitudes reflect how deeply marxian thought has metastasized in today's far left. It really is a horrifying thing that distorts all it touches.

I wrote a post several months ago on the history of race in America, noting that the Republican Party has always led the drive against racism and for equality. It has only been in the last half century that the far left has rewritten history, claiming the mantle of civil rights as their sole property and raison d'etre. They have not sought equal rights or an end to racism, rather they have sought to ensconce inequality in the law, to promote reverse racism, and to distort the concept of civil rights into a marxian vehicle of permanent victim classes. As I wrote in that post:

The far left fundamentally altered the nature of the Civil Rights movement when they claimed it as their own [in the late 1960's]. They imprinted the movement with identity politics, grossly distorting the movement's goal of a level playing field for all Americans and creating in its stead a Marxist world of permanent victimized classes entitled to special treatment. The far left has been the driver of reverse racism and sexism for the past half century. That is why it is no surprise that, with the emergence of a far left candidate for the highest office in the nation, Rev. Jeremiah Wright should also arise at his side and into the public eye preaching a vile racism and separatism most Americans thought long dead in this country. Nor is it any surprise that the MSM, many of whom are of the far left, should collectively yawn at Obama's twenty year association with Wright. Wright is anything but an anomaly. To the contrary, he is a progeny of the politics of the far left.

If we are now at the point that one can cavort with terrorists and the most vile of racists, but still be qualified for the Presidency, while maintaining a friendship with a person who holds conservative political viewpoints is a blockade on the road to appointment to the Supreme Court, what does that say about how skewed we have become as a nation? But to carry that even further is the fact that WaPo can casually report this as simple fact without considering any of the ramifications of what they are saying. At a minimum, it means, to me at least, that the fabric of our country has changed radically and perversely.


Soccer Dad said...

What really bugged me about the article was the use of the term "complicate."

It complicates life for those who would view Justice Thomas as some worthless caricature (or would it be too harsh to write that they consider him 3/5 of a man?)

I don't think the association bothers Judge Sears too much, but it lets her know who her true friends are.

I like your 3 classifications, but #3, I guess, "Merely associating with someone who holds differing political views is enough to mark you as not truly a 'victim.'" is the newest manifestation of this illness.

Soccer Dad said...

BTW, do you think that AG Holder will be brave enough to talk frankly about this?

GW said...

I don't know that Holder will have anything to say about this at all. Obama loves the daily limelight, so I would imagine that while he allows Holder to float the bad news (miltary commissions, etc.), he keeps the positive news for Presidential news conferences.

3/5 of a man, eh. I love the cynical humor.

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Ex-Dissident said...

The people that make up this nation have not changed overnight into raving lunatics. They go to work, pay their bills, raise children, and care for their neighbohrs-just as they have always done. What has developed here is a separation between this nation's populace and their representation in the government. The political class has lost its accountability to the comunity, and these politicians have lost their minds. I don't believe this situation is sustainable.

Ex-Dissident said...

sorry about repeating posts, i am having some glitch on my computer.