Monday, June 01, 2009

Be Mindful...

It pays to be careful with your thoughts, especially when they turn into the spoken word, because they just might come back to haunt you, and at the most inopportune time. Be even more mindful when making the choice to publish your words because you’ll be guaranteed they’ll never go away, not even after you’re long gone.

Much attention is being paid to Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Yes, with this type of nomination there is always the typical tug-of-war of thick rhetoric between the Left and Right. However, there is more to this nomination because Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. There is even more hype with her nomination because of her words, which many have been misconstrued. Or have they?

It’s been purported by the media that Sotomayor said that her background as a Hispanic female allowed her to understand cases in a different, better manner than her white male contemporaries. Many people have taken offense to her words, especially those individuals who are Republican. Newt Gingrich said, “Imagine a judicial nominee saying, ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.’ New racism is no better than old racism.” This verbal exchange goes even further with President Obama attempting to explain Sotomayor’s position.

After reading countless articles, I must admit I am a little disappointed with Sotomayor’s words. I am only now learning more about her, but knew of her when President George H.W. Bush nominated her to be a district judge in 1992, and President Bill Clinton nominated her to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sotomayor made it through her last two confirmation hearings, and I have no doubt she’ll breeze through the current one. However, I hope she’ll speak mindfully. I further hope she’ll explain (in detail) her views on why as a Hispanic woman she can understand cases in a different, better manner than her white male contemporaries. The law must be colorblind, and blind to ethnicity & sexuality too. The sooner we understand this the better off we’ll all be.

With what I know about our soon-to-be new justice, I can say I’m pleased with Obama’s selection. Everyone must see his/her face in the Supreme Court when possible. However, as much as I want to see a diverse group of Supreme Court justices, I also want to see the best person selected. I want someone who can apply the law with how it fits and effects people in their daily lives.

As for being mindful, Sotomayor will have her chance at the confirmation hearings. Newt Gingrich should not be silenced for his views. However, he must give Sotomayor a chance to elaborate on her position. President Obama must do as he always does, which is not speaking for anyone. I was a bit dismayed when he did more than defend his choice, he defended Sotomayor’s words. This did not benefit anyone, especially the two of them.

We must all be willing to come to our own defense when we misspeak. You only look guilty if you’re not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. No one can hide because the face and body can be telling without the mouth moving. If you are using your mouth, remember, no one wants “lip service.”

In today’s world it’s more important than ever to speak mindfully. There are repercussions when our thoughts speak through body language only. They are guaranteed to be misunderstood. If our words somehow make it out of our mouths, let’s hope that it’s not because of anger. If you’re bold enough to write it down, you better be able to back it up. Most importantly, if over time you find you’re wrong or you form a different opinion because of a shift in views, be prepared to think, act, talk and write about it, because no one likes a liar.


I never understood why we hold people who are in political office to a higher standard. We are always looking to trip them up and catch them in a lie or two. Many look for political officials to set the example, but we as individuals must be setting the example. I think we all need to be more mindful when we speak because some of the worst weapons are not guns and bombs, but words. Think about it. - paerki

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