WOW! An historic day indeed. I never thought this day would come to pass. Breathtaking. But it’s really about Judge (What’s Her Name) qualifications to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. I mean, every newscaster’s report and newspaper story you read goes on relentlessly about her judicial qualifications. Yet they always miss the most critical point, which is her nomination by the heroic President Biden which is clearly a victory, no it’s bigger than that! It’s clearly an historic occasion. I mean, perhaps it has slipped past you, and I understand how easily it could have, but this woman, Judge (What’s Her Name) is breaking down walls that makes Kamala Harris look a poor imitation. I know, we all thought the VP raised that bar so high that most people will undergo vertigo and all that implies, but just think about it! Judge (Girl With No Name) is making us all exhibit the effects of vertigo at 8 Miles High, and unlike VP Harris those effects are not triggered every time her name is mentioned.
However, I digress: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is, from all reports, eminently qualified to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court – and before I proceed, let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that Judge (What’s Her Name) is the very first African American nominated to the Supreme Court, who also is a woman! An historic event for sure. She has had a long lifetime serving under the man she will replace – did I mention yet that Judge (You Know Her Name) is the first woman nominated to the Supreme Court that also just happens to be an African American? This event will certainly become a national holiday. Not to mention, as we all know, her record as a judge promises that she will likely revolutionize the way the Court rules on cases. I doubt it bears repeating all the amazing court decisions she made before being nominated to join the Court, but the depth of insight that all the newscasters just cannot stop pointing out tells the whole story. For sure, none of that bears repeating and yet it is being repeated. By the way, since I am not boring you with those so well-known innovative theories of law she has already introduced, let me tell you something you may not have heard about Judge (Look Up Her Number): never before has there been a nominee that is both a woman and an African American. WOW!!
You know what really makes me proud to be an American? It’s that I get to call out, “Bullshit!” when the community of opinion makers try to sell us an empty paper bag as something that is full of something worth more than shit. In essence, in a nation that celebrates its melting pot narrative and cultural diversity there is a noticeable contraction of every issue into a binary choice. And such is the case with President Biden’s present nominee for the Supreme Court. A woman named Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has served as a judge and certainly has an admirable personal history. Unfortunately, those are not sufficient qualifications to become a Supreme Court Justice. And what’s worse, the opinion makers are not saying anything to help me decide if I should support her or not. Using the common opinion-maker binary classification on the left, there are only two pieces of information about Ms. Jackson, and on the right, we have a series of unsubstantiated accusations and implied associations.
The left only tells us that Ms. Jackson is the first Black Woman nominated to the Supreme Court and that she has ruled in a very similar fashion as Justice Breyer, the man she would replace on the court. Odd, I thought President Biden was choosing a Black Woman to represent the views and values of Black Women? Instead, he nominates someone that will reflect the views of an older Jewish guy?
On the right, we hear she is an example of “woke” policy, wants to enforce Critical Race Theory upon every living being, and is pro-child pornography thus soft on crime. The reality is, her sentencing on child pornography is consistent with the majority of other judges’ sentencing. Also, Critical Race Theory is a description of how systemic racism operates within a particular political, social and cultural construct. It informs, it does not prescribe. (MMTers, sound familiar?) And of course, calling her nomination as a byproduct of “woke” culture displays an intentional misunderstanding of what Woke means. Very simply “woke” is a critical awareness of constructs like Critical Race Theory and other systemic issues while also cognizant of the fact that no single person of any “identity” can truly represent even a plurality of that identity’s experience and needs.
In the end, I really have no idea whether I support Judge Jackson for the Supreme Court. The case being made against her is incredibly weak, but I also fail to notice any outstanding reason to support her. We really need more diversity in our opinion-makers if we want our institutions to truly represent the American mosaic of cultures and ideas – a single Supreme Court Justice will fix nothing.