Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
~ H. L. Mencken
I hereby enthusiastically endorse Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice. Before you soil yourself, or throw darts at DumpDC, allow me to expand on this thought.
Elena Kagen is the current Solicitor General of the United States and has been nominated to replace John Paul Stevens as a Supreme Court Justice. She is a 49-year-old single (never married) Jewish attorney. There has been a persistent rumor that she likes girls better than boys, if you get my drift. She clerked under wildly liberal Federal Judge Abner Mikva, as well as liberal Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She has been a college professor, White House Counsel in the Clinton Administration, and the Dean of the Harvard Law School. She even has a short stint on the staff of a private Washington law firm.
Hhhhmmmm…single, female, Jewish, lesbian (allegedly), Democrat. If only she could have also been black and in wheelchair, she would have been the perfect Affirmative Action nominee. But I digress.
I’ve seen the predictable right-wing commentators rail on about her avowed socialism, pointing to the fact that her Princeton senior thesis was a study of the New York Socialist Party from 1900 to 1933. Her thesis explores the history of the New York Socialist Party, but more specifically, why socialism did not gain more of a foothold in NYC during those decades. I’ve read her 130-page thesis from front to back, and do not find a cheerleader for socialism here. To study a subject is not necessarily to endorse it.
She states that Jewish membership in the Socialist Party found its roots in the squalor of the New York Lower East Side Jewish ghetto. Jews were disillusioned with the American experience and saw socialism as an escape mechanism from the filth and disease of the tenement slums. And these Jews had brought their socialist ideas with them from all over Europe. That socialism made a hand-in-glove fit with the labor union movement of the early 20th Century. Unionism and socialism espoused common goals. But they could not gain ground due to the fractiousness and internecine wars between the truly radical and the workaday socialists.
Her Conclusion section ends thus:
“Through its own internal feuding, then, the SP exhausted itself forever and further reduced labor radicalism in New York to the position of marginality and insignificance from which it has never recovered. The story is a sad but also a chastening one for those who, more than half a century after socialism’s decline, still wish to change America. Radicals have often succumbed to the devastating bane of sectarianism; it is easier, after all, to fight one’s fellows than it is to battle an entrenched and powerful foe. Yet if the history of Local New York shows anything, it is that American radicals cannot afford to become their own worst enemies. In unity lies their only hope.”
So, does this thesis express a longing for unity among radicals and socialists? Only if that’s what you want it to say.
“…All lies and jest, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.” The Boxer, by Simon and Garfunkel
Plenty of Ms. Kagan’s written thoughts will be reviewed and posted for the intent of eliciting the expected gasps of horror. But to be intellectually honest in an overview and prediction of her qualifications to be a Supreme Court Judge, one does not have to look any further than her fellow travelers and her present employment to reach logical conclusions. You are known by the company you keep.
She clerked for liberal judges. Either she was influencing them, or they were influencing her. Likely they were not taking their cues from their clerk.
She was a law professor at the University of Chicago. Nearly all law schools are activist-leaning, Constitution-bending propaganda factories that turn out graduates who believe that the Constitution is that dreaded “living document.” Hell, President Obama taught constitutional law at the same school, and look what he’s doing to the Constitution.
Kagan was Counsel for Bill Clinton…the guy who wondered aloud what the definition of “is” is, and got hummers in the Oval Office.
She was the Dean of Harvard Law. This is not a place that holds the philosophy of strict Constitutional interpretation. Washington is full of Ivy League lawyers, and there is a reason for that. Ivy League lawyers like big government for the most part.
And now, she is the attorney who speaks for the Federal Government when she argues cases before the Supreme Court. She is the mouthpiece for the criminals that infest Washington. I dare say that her arguments before the Court are seldom a plea to restrict the powers of the Feds in any manner.
Need we look any further? “One cannot serve two masters,” as another Jew said once. In this case, one cannot argue for individual rights and property rights while championing the cause of DC tyranny.
Viewing this appointment through the secession-colored glasses I wear makes me delighted for Elena Kagan to be the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Through her judicial decisions she will hasten the collapse of The United States of America.
Secession is the only hope for mankind. Who will be first?
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