We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From what I have read, Kagan seems a bit wishy-washy on the First and Second Amendments. Not sure what she thinks about the rest of the Constitution, but I think she is of the "I know better than those dead guys" school of thought.
Me thinks yall are on target assessing Missy Elena's school of thought, Dog.
She is convincing many that she is better, brighter and smarter.
However, she ain't smart enough to land herself a man.
Now, how smart is that?
“I take it as a given that we live in a society marred by racial and gender inequality, that certain forms of speech perpetuate and promote this inequality, and that the uncoerced disappearance of such speech would be cause for great elation.”
Elena Kagan in University of Chicago Law Review.
Law meted from the bench is coercive by nature and I can't help meself but think Missy Elena Smarty Pants would coerce such disappearance should, God forbid, she rise to Supreme Court.
Much like Sotomayor, I have little problem with her on the SC, for a variety of reasons.
First, she's hardly extremist.
Second, she has a history of reaching across the divide.
Third, a few members who disagree with my view is always a good thing - particularly if they are just replacing another one I disagreed with.
Finally, I have a personal (indirect) degree of separation: My father and stepmother have had dinner with her several times due to a mutual acquaintance. While my father says they are politically differentiated (in substantial ways), she is intelligent, well spoken, and very accepting of his views. He believed she SHOULD have been nominated last time.
I know, due to my father's inquiry on my behalf regarding a personal situation, that her views on certain workplace behaviors are VERY Libertarian in nature. Upon hearing my situation at a previous job, she was not complimentary toward certain existing rules on the books regarding sexual harassment and discrimination which are currently being misused and abused.
I hope she gets approved.
It never hurts to be a little magnanimous toward the other side from time to time. Even while they are wrong 90% of the time, it's amazing how things can change.