faulty logic

I generally avoid writing about politics, mainly because there’s already so many people devoting way too much time to doing just that, but I couldn’t resist.

I saw a blurb on CNN.com today talking about the Republican party risks “further alienating” Hispanic voters by opposing Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court.  This would make sense if the Republican party was opposing her appointment because she’s Hispanic.  But it’s not.

As far as I can tell, the GOP opposes Sotomayor because of her liberal ideology and their belief that she’s a legislate-from-the-bench type of judge.  I would be surprised if the Republicans didn’t have those objections.

And now to my point: if Hispanic voters are going to leave the Republican party because they oppose the appointment of Sotomayor, aren’t those voters saying that her Hispanic-ness is the most important thing about her?  Aren’t they making a de facto claim that “Hispanic” defines who someone is more than political ideology, values, beliefs, etc.?  Isn’t that the basis of prejudice – defining someone primarily by their ethnicity?

Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am (otherwise why would I be writing this?).  I don’t assume that the GOP objects to her because she’s a woman, why should it make a difference if she’s Hispanic?

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  1. Dad

     /  May 27, 2009

    Which is why, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter who’s in office. The days of Ronald Reagan hanging out with Tip O’Neill after hours because they liked each other are long gone.

    The Democratic Party is being just as partisan as the Republicans were when they were in office and the Republicans are complaining about it just as much as the Democrats did when they were the minority party. The last election may have been all about change, but the onty thing that really changed were the players.

    Ultimately. no one wins and the American people are the real losers – no matter who’s in charge. The only REAL change is in the hearts of those who trust in the Lord.

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