Does the government really think we won't research its lies?

United States
May 26, 2009 7:07pm CST
Sonia Sotomayor is being hailed as potentially being the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. That didn't sound right to me, so I did a little research and found that in 1932, Herbert Hoover successfully nominated Benjamin Cardozo, who served until 1938. His heritage is traced back to Spain, which does qualify him as Hispanic, although he is primarily regarded as Jewish in heritage. I actually don't think Sotomayor's heritage will be her strength or her shortfall, but rather her desire to legislate from the judicial branch. When I was in elementary school, I remember studying about the three branches of government and how they were supposed to check and balance eachother. With a liberal President interested in promulgating a socialist agenda, a likewise liberal congress whose spending abilities have been taking America down the road to bankruptcy for decades, and now a liberal-leaning Court that will most likely set their agenda rather than simply interpreting the constitution, there are no checks and balances anymore.
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
27 May 09
Face it buddy, we're going to be told lies like this throughout our lives. I keep meaning to start a discussion about all the lies I was taught growing up, typically in school or from a textbook, but I never seem to get around to it. When I finally do start that thread I'm adding this one to the list. Everyone wants to make history and the best way to do that is to lie about the preceding history. How many times did we hear the incompetent and dishonest press claim that Hillary Clinton was the first woman to run for president? Anyone who knows anything about history knows full well she wasn't the first, or even the second for that matter.
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@anniepa (25230)
• United States
27 May 09
Where in the world did you ever hear that Hillary Clinton was the first woman to run for President? Carol Mosely-Brown just ran in 2004, wasn't it? Annie
@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
28 May 09
It was a lie that was said several times Annie. There was also the frequent lie that McCain was the oldest man to run for president (even though he's younger than Ron Paul) and the unending lie that if elected he would be the oldest president EVER elected even though Reagan was older when he was elected in 1984.
@anniepa (25230)
• United States
29 May 09
I honestly had never heard that about Hillary. I guess I don't get my news from the most incompetent and dishonest among the press...lol! I realized after I'd commented before that I'd forgotten about Elizabeth Dole. I'm not sure about it having been said that McCain was the oldest candidate when Ron Paul was still in the race so I won't argue with you there. Regarding McCain's age as compared to Ronald Reagan, I recall it having been said that McCain would be older than Reagan had been when he took office for his FIRST term. Anyway, if these inaccuracies had been reported they may not have been intentional "lies" but just incorrect. I guess "incompetent" may be right but not necessarily "dishonest". Annie
@xfahctor (14107)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
27 May 09
What they count on is that only a few of us will research the lies and the rest will call us nut jobs, racists or conspiricy theorists when we expose the lies. welcome to mylot and the political section by the way.
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
27 May 09
We'll also call you a right wing extremist and write about you in homeland security reports. We KNOW who you voted for!
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• United States
27 May 09
From what I've seen of this administration so far, I am proud to be on anyone's "watch list." Basically, because I hold views contrary to the sitting administration, I am considered an extremist. It used to be that if you were contrary to the government, you were a patriotic American.
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@anniepa (25230)
• United States
27 May 09
Thanks for the info. I hadn't been aware there had been an Hispanic Justice before. I really think we have a long way to go before we have "liberal leaning" court! Some feel the departing Souter is actually considerably more liberal than Sotomayor so if anything the court may be less balanced than it is now. Annie
@xfahctor (14107)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
28 May 09
Liberal or conservative is not even something that should enter in to the opinions and rulings issued by the Supreme Court though annie, it is suposed to be interpreting laws based on strict constructionist application of the constitution to those laws, not one's social, religious, political or personal ideology. The constitution is neither conservative or liberal, it just is what it is and says.
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@anniepa (25230)
• United States
29 May 09
Actually there has NOT been an Hispanic Justice before. Cardozo was Portuguese. http://www.usnews.com/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/05/26/would-sotomayor-be-the-first-hispanic-supreme-court-justice-or-was-it-cardozo.htmlhttp://www.usnews.com/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2009/05/26/would-sotomayor-be-the-first-hispanic-supreme-court-justice-or-was-it-cardozo.html Annie