"I will be talking [to Judge Sotomayor] about the question of foreign law and the question of [her] commitment to the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms.... President Obama, who nominated Judge Sotomayor, has a rather limited view of what the Second Amendment guarantees." -- Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), June 2009
Today, the U.S. Senate continued hearings on Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Obama to replace the retiring Judge David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In many ways, Sotomayor's views are out-of-step with our American heritage and with the views of Americans in general. For example, Sotomayor believes that our fundamental law is constantly evolving and that rights are constantly changing with the times.
But should we be surprised? The President who nominated her holds some of the most radical views ever held by a resident of the White House. His take on the Constitution -- and the Second Amendment in particular -- has stationed him to the far left on the political spectrum.
Consider just a small snapshot of his record over the years:
* As President, Obama has nationalized much of the car and banking industry and is now looking to do the same with health care. Even the Marxist President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, joked on live television last month that he and Fidel Castro need to be careful or else "we are going to end up to [Obama's] right."
* As a U.S. Senator, Obama was ranked by the National Journal in 2007 as the most liberal legislator in that chamber. Realize that such a ranking put Obama to the left of 99 other Senators -- including an open, self-avowed socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
* Like many socialists, Obama has supported some of the most extreme positions on gun control: supporting a ban on handguns, opposing the repeal of the draconian DC gun ban, opposing the right of self-defense for residents in the Chicago suburbs, and much more.
Obama's brand of far-left politics sees the Constitution as moldable as a ball of wax. In a 2001 interview, he criticized earlier Supreme Courts for "never ventur[ing] into the issues of redistribution of wealth.... It didn't break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution."
Sotomayor appears to have the same view of our highest document, as she stated in 1996 that law is not "static and predictable," but "constantly overhaul[ed] and adapt[ed] [by lawyers and courts] to the realities of ever-changing social, industrial and political conditions."