Editorial: Let’s Not Forget Texas senators Hutchison and Cornyn Voted Against Sonia Sotomayor – First Hispanic Appointed To The U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — The obsticles for political mobility and higher echelons appointments was mirrored in the struggle of Sonia Sotomayor to be appointed the first Hispanic to the U.S. Supreme Court. Republican Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn voted against her. Less than a handful o years ago, Senator Hutchison came to the former La Familia Restaurant (now Rolando’s) in Robstown, Texas and assured the Hispanic audience and El Defenzor of her role, especially as a woman (who know about barriers), to attempt to bring down socio-political and economic obticles. As far as Senator John Cornyn, whose grandparents were from Robstown, and who lived in the native burg, voted against Sonia Sotomayor – even though it was a historical phase in El Pueblo Hispano and he knew more so than anyone that El Pueblo Hispano needed una voz (a voice).
Cornyn, who sits on the distinguged Senate Judiciary Committee, not only voted against Sotomayor but disgustingly questioned her integrity as being a Supreme Court judge. He came close to calling her a“racist” – or better phrased, a “reverse” racist. As for Hutchison’s reasons, she is trying to mobilize the ultra conservative forces in her bout against Gov. Rich Perry to acquire the seat he holds. Where will Hispanics stand on the issue – that is, of her new whim to try to be the governor of our state?
Hutchison quoted verbatum: "The seriousness of the court’s deliberations and decisions requires members to carefully scrutinize academic qualifications and judicial philosophy," uttered Hutchison. "Judge Sonia Sotomayor has academic qualifications and an inspiring life story. However, her judicial philosophy is an area of great concern to me."
Now Hutchison is worried about the political reality of la raza Hispana en el sur de Tejas (Hispanics in South Texas). Now Hutchison is trying to do some trouble-shooting to reposture herself quickly: "About thirty percent of the federal judges I have selected for nomination for Texas are Hispanic, and I will continue to support the most qualified judges irrespective of race or gender," Contradictory?
As for Cornyn, he using the “politics is politics excuse” – a rendition of the “business is business” at the “rung” culture that he is operating at the moment. Cornyn is now harping on continally on “…the example of Miguel Estrada, President George W. Bush’s nominee for an appellate court judgeship whom Senate Democrats filibustered (and until he was discouraged to pursue it).”
Coryn went as far as to label Sotomayor as a radical. He said: “Will she be the Judge Sotomayor of some of her more radical speeches and writings, which cause me concern?... The stakes are simply too high to confirm someone who could redefine the law of the land from a liberal activist perspective.”
Coryn’s in the above citation clearly hints at the stuggle of minorities to climb the latter of opportunity and governmental posts. However, he is blantantly reactionary; that somehow Sotomayor is going to open old-scars and thus a floodgate of hate for what Anglos have done historically; instead of viewing her as being a voice or providing a perspective that might be more representative of El Pueblo Hispano.
If Cornyn’s believes we shouldn’t have a voice in the Supreme Court than why should we continue to support him or anyone else with such a worldview? History shows that a person who has struggle and sets out to rectify the ills of the system (via providing a different view of the norm) usually humanizes the system, not dehumanize it.