Monday, July 5, 2010

Wise Latina? Or Street Wise?

When Sonia Sotomayor was going through her kabuki theater nomination process, she repeatedly testified that Heller (the Supreme court decision overturning the District of Columiba's ban on gun ownership) was "settled law". 

Turns out that was just a street wise Latina lying to get what she wanted.  

In this week's McDonald ruling, Sotomayor joined the Breyer dissent which wrote that Heller was "wrongly decided" and "In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment to protect a private right of armed self defense".  While I think the Framers intended the Second Amendment to take care of judges like her and administrations like this, I also think it was intended to allow armed self defense. 

To defend her requires we twist ourselves to Clinton-esque levels to say that really wasn't a lie.  She said it was settled, she just didn't say she thought it was settled incorrectly and needs to be overturned. 

This underscores how important it is to have honest people nominated to the court.  If they lie to the confirmation committee, how can the Senate fulfill its constitutional mandate to "advise and consent"?  Was she under oath?  Can we get her charged with perjury?  Does anybody believe Elena Kagan is being 100% truthful?  Yeah, me neither.

If you can read it, the NRA's magazine "First Freedom" has a special online issue devoted to this decision. 

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