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Tag: Elena Kagan


COURT: Lack of diversity claims ring hollow

Re: Elana Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Both Kathleen Parker and Patrick O’Callahan weigh in on Kagan’s “lack of diversity” (columns, 5-12). Parker notes that if Kagan is confirmed, all three women on the court would be New Yorkers (urban, sophisticated, Ivy League). O’Callahan writes that there would be no Protestant justices.

The Supremes were, until quite recently, white Protestants with a “designated” Jewish justice. No women or minorities need apply. But hasn’t the most recent hue and cry been for the “best” justice, diversity be damned? Especially from the right? It is a bit disingenuous to now complain

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ELENA KAGAN: Jurist ‘identities’ vs. qualifications

Five words into Patrick O’Callahan’s column (TNT, 5-12), he sets the tone for the entire piece. He implies that Elena Kagan shouldn’t be considered for the Supreme Court because she isn’t an evangelical Protestant. And she went to Harvard, and she’s from New York, and Ivy League chools are intolerant, and on and on.

All I can say is, “I dream of a day when we are judged by the content of our character, and not the color of our skin, or ethnic identity, or religious affiliation, or gender or…..”

This whole column is “fail.”


COURT: Is animal cruelty free speech?

I would have only one question to ask President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan: “Is it acceptable in our country to sell videos depicting deliberate forms of animal cruelty such as animal crushing?”

Our current Supreme Court recently ruled that prohibiting such videos might somehow interfere with our right to free speech. “Solicitor General Kagan, what is your position?”

The administration wanted to add such depictions of animal cruelty to the current list of prohibited forms of speech such as obscenity, defamation or incitement. The effort was directed at videos that show women killing animals

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SUPREME COURT: Kagan might not be the best choice

Re: President Barack Obama’s choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace Justice John Paul Stevens.

All the present Supreme Court justices have served as a federal judges before being nominated to the nation’s highest court, but Kagan has not served in that capacity nor has she been a judge at all. It seems that Obama is more interested in placing someone on the bench who thinks like he does rather than selecting someone who is willing to apply the rule of law when making judicial decisions affecting the lives of millions of American citizens for generations.

While Kagan might

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