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Making connections with Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

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From the department of “what I stumbled upon”.  Sometimes connecting the dots among people yields a legitimate chain of  influence and sometimes it’s simply an interesting accident of confluence with nothing more to it.

Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis of 1969 – when she was at Wellesley College – about radical activist Saul Alinsky is certainly an insight into Alinsky’s influence on Hillary.  (Read the thesis)

How about this one. 

In 1976, Sonia Sotomayor, now Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, graduated from Princeton University.  Here is her senior picture.  Note the quote

I am not the champion of lost causes, but the champion of causes not yet won.

The quote she uses is from Norman Thomas.  Who is Norman Thomas?  Norman Thomas was a candidate several times for U.S. President in the 1930s.  For what party?  The Socialist Party of America, which was officially a Marxist party.  A plaque in the Norman Thomas ’05 Library ( at Princeton University’s Forbes college ) reads: Norman M. Thomas, class of 1905. “I am not the champion of lost causes, but the champion of causes not yet won.”

So, that’s an interesting connection.  Just like the connection of Hillary Clinton with Saul Alinsky through her senior thesis.  Here is a nice quote from Norman Thomas

The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. — Norman Thomas

There seems to be a sort of anti-intellectualism in the United States – and those in political office seem even to encourage it.  Even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, encourages people to do social work – but she has not, to this date, been encouraging folks to be intellectuals like her and her husband.  Or for that matter, intellectuals like Hillary and her Rhodes Scholar husband Bill Clinton.

The point is simply that if one understands the chain of influence that these folks have who hold high political office – then one might get a clearer picture of where the United States, and perhaps the world, is headed.  But this understanding is not going to be facilitated by the anti-intellectualism that is prevalent in the United States nor by those who encourage careers and pursuits other than what, they themselves, have chosen.  To encourage the path of academics and intellectualism would  simply frustrate the achievement of their ultimate goal. 

Like the iceberg, for many of these people, 90% of what they are really about lies hidden in the history of their connections with influencers.  The task is to determine, given some of these innocent quotes, if they are merely an accidental association or a harbinger of the 90% that lies below the surface which we are all, presently, dimly aware.


Written by frrl

July 11, 2010 at 3:55 am

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