Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Same Game

Does anyone remember when Bush ran on a unifying, moderate Republican platform? Well, I do. I remember such members of his cabinent like Powell and Whitman, that were clearly representative of most Americans in their decisions, yet Bush undermined them for political clout.

Now, we have that same game being played. His new nominee to the Supreme Court simply laughs at any attempt to diversiy the bench that determines the laws that one of the most diverse countries in the world must live by. If confirmed, Alito, will be white man number 7 on the Court of 9 people. Liberal Ginsberg will be the only woman, and Conservative Thomas will be the only minority.

No matter one's qualifications, diversity should be of interest. This is no longer a nation of white men. Some scholars indicate in 2050, persons of Spanish descent (Latinos/Hispanics) will be the majority. Yet, we still have 70% of this critical body representing the good ole' boys network.

We need to wake up. Yes, America is great in many respects, but this lingering fact puts a cloud on the notion of objectivity for our judicial advocates.

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