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Zavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-09-09 04:03 PM
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43. It is
definitely disc rimination "when you have a pool of equally qualified candidates," and you automatically cut out all the men because you feel it's necessary to fulfill a quota (a word I'm sticking with).

If you say "we need more women on SCOTUS, so men need not apply for Souter's seat," it's discrimination. Pure and simple. Call it "corrective," "affirmative action" or whatever else makes you feel good, but if you're going to exclude white men from your list because you feel you're righting a wrong, you're engaging in discrimination - reverse or otherwise, it's discrimination.

Emotional pleading about 150 years of this and 50 years of that doesn't make discrimination right in this day and age or any other.

If you're seriously arguing that "They are all eminently qualified" and that any of them would be good picks without one being more qualfied than the rest, I'd look at age, risk factors and family histories LONG before I'd ever start to care about gender or skin tone, given that this is a lifetime appointment. If we're going to discriminate, let's do it sensibly and keep a good pick on the court for decades.
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