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Empathy Politiku

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Shortly after the Supreme Court Justice David Souter announced his upcoming retirement, Sonya Sotomayor became the living, breathing embodiment of Obama's controversial Empathy Standard.

The Ancient Egyptian Goddess, Ma'at embodied the spirit of Justice by helping Osiris judge the dead when he weighed their hearts against that Ostrich feather she wore on top of her head.
Themis, the Greek Goddess of Justice, hung out with the Oracles of Delphi and did all kinds of crazy things. Justitia, Justice's Roman personification is depicted swords, twigs, blindfolds, scales and sometimes even an evil fighting gaze.

My point? Any justice with the level of training, education and experience that Sotomayor has would have the professionalism to compartmentalize her empathy while evaluating the constitutionality of a Supreme Court Case.

Her biases, of course, could still intervene. Fact is, Roberts, Stevens, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, Ginsburg, Breyer and Alito have biases as well...


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