sâmbătă, 18 iulie 2009

Sonia Sotomayor în faţa Inchiziţiei Republicane (partea a IV-a şi ultima)



Audierile aproape au trecut şi, distinct de câteva mici şicane legate de cele două afirmaţii publice mai sensibile rostite de Sotomayor în trecut, Republicanii au fost suficient de inteligenţi să nu se sinucidă politic lansându-se în atacuri devastatoare la adresa nominalizatei. Democraţii au majoritatea asigurată, iar un circ politic ar fi aruncat Partidul Republican în subsolul unde se găseşte instalaţia de termoficare a clădirii Senatului.
După ce s-a eschivat cu multă fineţe de la întrebările în care îi era sondată opinia asupra unor importante subiecte constituţionale, Sonia Sotomayor îşi va lua locul între cei 9 judecători supremi şi va rămâne, alături de ei, în aşteptarea marilor dosare cu impact politic, din rândul cărora care se detaşează net tema constituţionalităţii căsătoriilor dintre persoanele de acelaşi sex. Americanii vor asista la continuarea războiului dintre "activiştii judiciari" de Stânga şi cei de Dreapta, singura necunoscută, la această oră, fiind opţiunea moderatului Anthony Kennedy, care va face diferenţa.

Deepak Chopra (foto), un blogger consacrat pe Huffington Post (şi nu numai acolo) scrie despre problema super-politizării Curţii Supreme a Statelor Unite în următorii termeni:

"Sotomayor can expect to be grilled on her supposed ethnic bias and gender issues, but the real issue has nothing to do with either. It has to do with the taint that has been on the Supreme Court since the shameful ruling over the 2000 Presidential election. The purity of the justices, their supposed detachment from the dirty business of politics, was exposed as a sham. Defying the court's own long precedent, the right wing simply installed George Bush by fiat. They did so willfully, smugly, openly, and without remorse, figuring that it was payback for the activist decisions initiated under the liberal Warren court. Nine years later, the irony is that if Sotomayor were the partisan zealot so ridiculously portrayed by her opponents, she'd fit right in. Her balance and impartiality could actually be hindrances, although we are told she's good at judicial street fighting -- let's hope so.

It may take a scrapper to shake up a court that has drifted as far out of touch with America's collective consciousness as the one that tried to sink the New Deal during the Great Depression. We are very fortunate that the liberal justices so reviled by the right wing gave us civil rights, school desegregation, abortion rights, the absence of mandatory school prayer, the Miranda rights for arrested suspects, and general advocacy for ordinary citizens. By comparison, Chief Justice Roberts has almost without exception voted for corporations over individuals, and he has used his prerogatives to seek out cases where he can weaken Miranda rules and most recently, open the door for overturning the Voting Rights Act of 1967, the single most important legislation that keeps the South from sliding back into racist practices of the past.

Skeptics will argue that the Supreme Court has always been political, or at least biased toward left or right, that only the naive believe that any branch of government can -- or should -- be impartial. If that's true, then the statue of blind Justice holding her scales in the balance should be removed from the premises. The present court is unusually impure, as Bush v. Gore clearly evinced. The only good that came from that corrupt decision was to expose how harmful it is when a democracy is saddled with judicial ideologues. Bush compounded this corruption by infiltrating the whole federal judicial system with a vast number of reactionaries and religious fundamentalists. It will take years to unseat these lifetime appointees, but Pres. Obama needs to start the work, ignoring red herrings like ethnicity, faith, and gender."

Restul articolului, la http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/can-the-supreme-court-be_b_234193.html

Imaginea a fost preluată de la http://rickywood.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/deepak.jpg

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