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David Piepkorn, Published August 07 2009

McCain is right about Sotomayor

Kudos to U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for his principled decision to oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. I share McCain’s sentiments that: “... an individual who does not appreciate the common-sense limitations on judicial power in our democratic system of government ultimately lacks a key qualification for a lifetime appointment to the bench.”

An appointment to the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment and should be taken seriously. As such, I am happy to see that McCain was willing to oppose Sotomayor on these solid philosophical grounds.

On the other hand, in supporting Sotomayor, North Dakota’s senators are essentially condoning discrimination, racism and social engineering by our courts. This vote also clarifies that Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan are more afraid of offending the Democratic Party elite than reflecting the values of the people of North Dakota – and that is a shame.


Piepkorn is a Fargo city commissioner and a member of the steering committee for the North Dakota Judicial Confirmation Network.