Friday, July 17, 2009

Come and play...everything's sorta okay.

I'm getting old, but that's okay with me. Like an eagle dropping on a lake trout, I'm screaming toward the half century mark full tilt.

I'm not too old, however, to remember a lot of the influences from my youthful days...way back in the mid-single digit birthdays. I grew up watching Sesame Street. No, not the politically-correct, sanitized version my near 2 year old watches today, I watched Sesame Street before the innuendos that Bert and Ernie were live-in 'life partners'. Before the National Mental Heath Association demanded someone else see Snuffleupagus besides Big Bird because it cast people with delusions as...well...bird brains. Before Elmo stormed the toy world creating shopping riots just to be tickled and was only known as Baby Monster. I watched Sesame Street the way it was envision, developed and produced before the special interest groups and ACLU lawyers reshaped it into something akin to watching Michael Moore Street.

I say this to frame my actual subject matter today. You see, I don't really personally know any middle-aged Hispanic women...which makes it hard for me to understand the buzz around Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Yes, I understand the historical significances of the Supreme Court's first Latina justice...but isn't justice suppose to be blind? Why else would Lady Justice be holding that food scale up with a blindfold over her eyes.

To me, Supreme Court seats should be filled by the absolute most qualified person available and willing to serve. That's an oversimplification of a process that has become heavily burdened in political positioning...the same politics which has left our legislative branch practically inept and incapable of its most basic function...legislating.

I really don't think most Americans understand the importance of our Supreme Court. Their knowledge is limited to which side of Roe v Wade they stand or the phrase 'I'll take this all the way to the Supreme Court!' without understanding how the process actually works. That's sad. Our Founding Fathers in their brilliance knew the importance of protecting the sanctity of the US Constitution, our ultimate civil law. They hoped that properly seated justices would understand the oath they would swear to when taking the bench and honor the duty to uphold our ultimate civil law above all else...including personal theory.

In my opinion, being a Supreme Court Justice is the most important civil service job in our country...even above the Office of President. But politics is ever present and the jocking for a more conservative or a more liberal justice is under way. As a conservative, I know it's expecting way too much to look for a conservative-leaning nominee to be submitted by a liberal president and confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Congress. But I've watched the coverage of the Sotomayor hearings and must admit two things: She's very cool under tremendous pressure and her opinions are definitely more conservative than the man she replaces. I can live with that.

I look forward to following soon-to-be Justice Sotomayor's career on the bench...and my own personal growth in understanding why her being a Latina has become so important to everyone else. If she's anything like Ms. Marie from my Sesame Street days, my only other point of reference on the matter...I can live with that too...she taught me a lot of the Spanish words I still know today.


David said...

Muchas gracias, Tony! Su idea es excelente. Y ... Michael Moore es vĂ³mito de ballena. My Spanish is not too good, but you get the idea.

Dave said...

Great post Tony. I couldn't agree with you more. To expect a liberal president and congress to appoint a conservative is unrealistic at best. While I don't agree with some of her positions, she is certainly more conservative than I would have expected from this administration. Only time will truly tell if she will be a good justice.

NC Sue said...

Hi Tony - Thanks for a balanced post. It's really nice to see someone from either the conservative or the liberal side of the fence who can look at an individual from "the dark side" without demonizing them.

I'm increasingly concerned about the way we're so sharply divided in this country. I consider myself more and more moderate in my views, simply because I'm running like mad from the extremes on both sides of the aisle.

Again, thanks.

AtlantaMama said...

love it. I have a similar post (way back somewhere in my blog files) about the whole PC thing and SS. I too LOVED that show and I get really bent up when I see where things are headed. I was joking with someone the other day because they said their child likes "Tom and Jerry". I said you must have that on DVD because there are NO shows now that pull out a gun or bomb! Not these days!!! The other Father said... people would freak out if they made shows the way they use to. A lot of their little shows are Gov. funded/ or Gov. grant $ ... it makes me think...

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

I wish I could find a box set of old Sesame Street DVDs for my future kids to watch. They'd be worth their weight in gold to not have to put up with what it's become. I watched that show along with Mr Rogers and Bob Ross!

Oh Tony, you sound like such a pure, simple idealist when you talk about justice being blind. Judge Sotomayor is the perfect package - too big to fail, just like Obama. In her are all the awful politics Obama needs on the bench, in a Latina package that no one can vote against because she's so historically significant.

Rosie said...

What a coincidence! I was talking with my boys about the same thing the other evening....wishing for the good old days of Sesame Street. Their last good year was in 1994 when Slimy went to the Moon. It has been giggling Elmo since.

We call for the end of prejudice in this country, but the color of one's skin is still the defining factor in major decisions. We live in an "ever changing but staying the same" world.