About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Whether the object of their dictatorial
pedantry is based upon what "empathic” judges, politicians, and social
activists weave according to rules laid down by a penumbra, fashion from the
love of power, or create from leftist ideology, liberals have something new
and ridiculous to teach us every day.
However, on a number of days since the election of the most leftist
president and Congress in the nation’s history, we have been sent
reeling by so many madly perverse liberal lessons that, frustrated
beyond patience, we have no other option but to avail ourselves of the
cathartic effects of an especially sarcastic, "I never knew that!”
By the way, the third person pronouns used above refer to a line of
common sense folks so long it extends all the way to China, where a
billion souls were surely driven to expressions of the sardonic
exclamation when they heard Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promise
that only good things will happen to China if it buys up every last
penny of Obama’s ten trillion dollar debt offering.
A billion Chinese must also have uttered those same acerbic words after
their leaders expressed deep concerns about the Fed’s monetizing the
Obama Debt only to be reassured by administration emissaries with, "Not
to worry because printing trillions of dollars guarantees the health of
America’s economic future — really!”
Although it would be both interesting and instructive to sojourn in the
land of justified Sino-sarcasm a while longer, it is time to get back
home, where Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme
Court has caused us to be bombarded with so much liberal bunk that we
are afforded not a moment’s respite from issuing one mordant "I never
knew that!” after another.
Following are a few particularly abominable examples of the stuff:
[Judge Sotomayor] has shown little patience for the sort of
procedural bars that conservative judges have been using to close the
courthouse door on people whose rights have been violated.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mr. Editorialist (NY Times). I never
knew that! But I know now, just as I know those same "conservative
judges” are certain to slime you for writing "completely unsubstantiated
propaganda disguised as fact.”
But my gratitude mustn’t stop there because you revealed yourself a
consummate political thinker when you denied the nation’s
"conservatives” the opportunity to demagogue the issue of constitutional
Yes, sir, a lesser mind would have gone on to loudly enumerate every
last one of the ten thousand rights due a terrorist illegally being held
at Guantanamo. But you wisely decided to wait until a liberal majority
dominates the Court before making public a list of rights that includes
the right even of an Adolph Hitler or a Joe Stalin not to be subjected
to the "cruel and unusual punishment” of a supermax prison, where lifers
spend 23-1/2 "unconstitutional” hours a day confined in a bare bones
So, as the Italians would say it, grazie mille, or "Thank you a
...Judge Sotomayor’s nomination comes at a special moment: the first
projection of the remarkable 2008 election onto a Supreme Court that has
so often in these last few years appeared headed in the opposite
direction from the country.
Where would this nation be without Linda Greenhouse (NY Times), whose
perfectly objective reporting about the direction of the country has
prompted fifty million Americans to exclaim, "I never knew that!”
Not to mention the skull-splitting roar that will be caused by ten
million screams of the exclamation after Ms. Greenhouse reports that a
majority of citizens support the idea of judicial activism with the same
unwavering intensity they bring to the notion that Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg "looks like America.”
We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what
it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s
like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And
that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.
Judges should rule not according to what the law says but according to
their subjective, empathic reaction to situations, emotions, and motives
that they believe carry special meaning? I never knew that!
Thank God for you, Barack Obama, the only being ever born whose amazing
grace could have saved "a wretch like me” from the evil clutches of two
scurrilous autocrats named George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
The first promotes the lie that legitimate law is made only by "an
explicit and authentic act of the whole people.”
The latter teaches us by example to espouse contemptible ideas and speak
in crude language, for instance, when he condemns judges who declare
"what the law is, ad libitum, by sapping and mining, slyly, and
without alarm, the foundations of the Constitution” and insists they be
"withdrawn from their bench” just as "for the safety of society we
commit honest maniacs to Bedlam.”
Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor has often been cited as saying that a
wise old man and wise old woman will reach the same conclusion in
deciding cases. I am...not so sure that I agree with the statement.
First,...there can never be a universal definition of wise. Second, I
would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences
would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male
who hasn’t lived that life.
Incredible! Only because she was blessed with a multitude of wonderful
experiences — including being educated at Princeton and Yale — could
Judge Sonia Sotomayor inform us that although "there can never be a
universal definition of wise,” there is a universal definition of
"better” as applied to a selected groups of people.
Curiously, however, the statement’s meaning has gone right over the
heads of at least ten thousand liberal politicians and commentators, who
have explained ad nauseam that the Judge was merely celebrating her
But the error of a few corrupt liberals notwithstanding, the fact
remains that even middle school children can figure out that Judge
Sotomayor is deconstructing the words of the American political ideal to
say, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are [not]
And that idea, in the fullness of its
astonishing brilliance, provides reason for every person of good will,
even the most quiet and unassuming among us, to turn a face toward
heaven, breathe a mighty lungful of the Lord’s air, and intone with a
force that might be mistaken for Gabriel’s horn, "Hallelujah, I never