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The Left Uses Empathy as a Political Tool, Not as an Emotion

The nephew of the great Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas was allegedly beaten and tased (which led to an epileptic seizure) by a security detail at a New Orleans area hospital earlier this week. Thomas was told by the young man’s sister, and it is reported that Thomas was outraged, and will be flying down to Louisiana to look further into the matter (and I assume look in on his nephew).

I linked to the above story via the leftist sites Gawker (who cross-posted this at one of the TPM sites) and Raw Story. While the posts themselves are straight-up news items, the comment sections of both (and TPM) are strewn with indignation that Thomas would dare have any empathy for anyone, even a family member, considering the lack of empathy, as a leftist would define it, Thomas has in his Supreme Court opinions. Anyone with a brain knows this is utterly ridiculous since the job of a judge or Justice is to make sure the Constitution and the law are followed, things the left disregards when it suits them.

But it gets worse. Much worse.

It is often told in conservatives circles that when it comes to the Constitution and the law, liberals are for the most part ruled by emotion. This makes sense considering how much garbage they spew about how the conservatives on the Supreme Court, especially Justice Thomas, rule in favor of the “big, bad, evil corporations” instead of “the little guy,” seemingly never once giving thought to the possibility that the corporations are right as far as the law is concerned. Liberals like Barack Obama make it a point to see that judges and Justices use “empathy” in their approach when issuing rulings. But empathy isn’t being used by the left because they feel it as an emotion; it is nothing more than a tool they can use politically. They shamefully use empathy to elicit some sort of shame out of their political enemies, and they do so in a logical, precise, political manner. How the Obama administration has dealt with Arizona’s new immigration law is another perfect example of this: Obama and the left have no interest in bettering the lives of illegal aliens, they see them as prospective voters; but they use “empathy” in an attempt to shame their political opponents (which, to Gov. Brewer’s credit, and that of the Arizona legislature and the majority of Americans, the ones on the side of Arizona, they haven’t succumbed).

Back to the Thomas story. Reading some of the leftist sites linked to by Memeorandum, the authors of the posts at best seem to feel a fleeting sense of sympathy for the Thomas family, including Justice Thomas. But it ends as quickly as it came as they use empathy as a political weapon.

Digby:

One of the hallmarks of the right is that they have no empathy (indeed, they scoff at the very notion) so they can’t understand something like injustice until they personally experience it. But maybe this will raise Clarence Thomas’s conscience a little bit and draw attention to this scourge among his elite peer group.

Annie Laurie, who gets disgustingly personal:

Since Justice Thomas has not always been on the best of terms with his family (during his confirmation hearings, he famously described one of his sisters as a parasite for living on welfare while caring for their elderly aunt) we can only hope that his newborn “outrage” might translate into a wider sensitivity towards those less fortunate, at least those within his immediate genetic kindred. That’s the problem with giving small-people authoritarians a free hand with the lash, Justice—sooner or later, they’re going to let that awesome power loose on someone whose fate you have to care about, and the cops in Jefferson Parish just don’t have the same training in deference as those handling DUIs in Kennebunkport or cocaine arrests in West Palm Beach. Let us hope, she said piously, that this incident doesn’t cause an awkward rift between Justice Thomas and his mentor Scalia.

The worst is Ron Beasley at The Moderate Voice:

Justice Clarence Thomas like his extremist cohorts on the Supreme Court has not shown a lot of empathy for the common man. But it would appear that empathy makes an appearance when it’s one of their own that is a victim…

If course this happens every day but the wingers like Thomas are only outraged when it happens to one of their own. Will Thomas learn anything from this? Hell no! He’s proud to be a black fascist.

That post was so bad, one of the other contributors at TMV referenced the disgusting Beasley in a strong rebuke (which links to the same posts I have above):

Reaction to reports that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ epileptic nephew was beaten and tazered at a New Orleans hospital has thus far been mostly comprised of anti-Thomas haters using the incident as an opportunity to heap abuse on Justice Thomas. Apparently, the victim himself is only important as a tool for bashing an African-American who dares to also be a conservative.

That’s the wrong angle and such an angle should be condemned no matter what your political persuasion. What’s important about this story is not Justice Thomas or the differences that many (most) of us have with his views on constitutional law or social policy.

This is a point I doubt those leftists even contemplated. I think I’m right in saying the left wouldn’t even think twice about how awful it is to use this incident to bash Thomas’ judicial philosophy, despite the fact that it has nothing to do with his nephew being harmed.

Even more repugnant are many of the comments at these posts, some of which get downright racist (there are a plethora of “Uncle Tom” references scattered throughout the comment sections).

Let me clarify something. I said earlier that liberals don’t use empathy because they are concerned about someone but use it as a political tool for their own gains; implicitly, I kind of stated that liberals aren’t so much ruled by emotion as many of us conservatives would think. However, there is one emotion that does rule them, hatred. The left hates everything and every one that doesn’t fit in with their political view, and will do everything and anything to destroy it, even if it violates the law and the Constitution.

As a side note, I haven’t seen any reports about Barack Obama saying anything about this incident. This is probably a good thing since he usually screws up badly when commenting on such things and, as is the case with most leftists, would use the incident to try to score political points.

I think Justice Thomas said it best while giving his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was led, ironically, by our current gaffe-tastic Vice President, then-Sen. Joe “Sheriff Smartass” Biden, during the 1991 Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings:

This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment. This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you.

How the left hates Justice Thomas is no different today than how they hated him nearly 20 years ago. The left is a national disgrace. They are cowards when it comes to race. Eric Holder should look in the mirror when he tries to find those cowards because he is one of them.

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