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GT Legitimacy Updates Dartmouth 2K9 1 Index Index ........................................................................................................................................................................ 1 Yes Legitimacy - Sotomayer ................................................................................................................................... 2 Abortion: Kills democracy and No social change ................................................................................................... 3 No Legitimacy – Sotomayer .................................................................................................................................... 4 No Legitimacy – Controversial Ruling .................................................................................................................................................................................. 5 Last printed 1
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GT Legitimacy Updates Dartmouth 2K9 2 Yes Legitimacy - Sotomayer The appointion of Sotomayer increases the legitimacy of the Court Simon Rosenberg 8/6 /09; Rosenberg is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago; Sotomayor and Our Changing Demography” The Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simon-rosenberg/sotomayor-and-our- changin_b_253443.html First, as someone who has been encouraging our nation's leaders to better understand and adapt to the rapid growth of our Hispanic population, today is a very satisfying day. Despite her incredible qualifications as a judge, Sonio Sotomayor was not a safe or easy pick. I applaud President Obama, and the Senate, for having the courage and confidence for giving her a chance to serve on the highest court of the land. When she was chosen a few months ago I released this statement: President Obama's historic pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court is an acknowledgment and affirmation of the great demographic changes taking place in America today. Driven by years of immigration, our nation is going through profound change. The percentage of people of color in the United States has tripled in just the past 45 years , and America is now on track become a majority-minority nation in the next 30-40 years. The movement of our nation from a majority white to a more racially complex society is perhaps the single greatest societal change taking place in our great nation today. And if the Supreme Court is to have the societal legitimacy required to do its work, its Justices must reflect and speak to the people of America of the 21st century. The pick of Judge Sotomayor, a highly qualified, twice-Senate confirmed Latina to serve as one of the nine judges overseeing our judicial system, will not only put a thoughtful and highly experienced judge on the Supreme Court, it will go a long way toward making the Supreme Court one that can truly represent the new people and new realities of 21st century America. Second, I am not surprised that a large majority of the Republicans in the Senate voted against her. As I discussed at our immigration event earlier this week (see this writeup on the right-leaning site CNS), racial intolerance has been at the very core of the Republican Party's political strategy and ideological argument since Lyndon Johnson, the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts of the mid 1960s. It become known as the Southern Strategy , and it was this most conscious exploitation of racial fear -- Welfare Queens, Tax and Spend, Willie Horton, now criminals crossing the border -- that perhaps more than anything else drove what we have called the recent Conservative Ascendancy to power in recent years.
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