I’ve been trying to find out more info about Obama’s latest nominee to the US Supreme Court. Here’s her Wikipedia entry and some relevant commentary from David Yeagley. Assuming that the info in the Wikipedia article is accurate, this is what I find most interesting about Elena Kagan:
During her deanship, Kagan supported a long-standing policy barring military recruiters from campus, because she felt that the military’s Don’t ask, don’t tell policy discriminated against gays and lesbians. According to Campus Progress,
As dean, Kagan supported a lawsuit intended to overturn the Solomon Amendment so military recruiters might be banned from the grounds of schools like Harvard. When a federal appeals court ruled the Pentagon could not withhold funds, she banned the military from Harvard’s campus once again. The case was challenged in the Supreme Court, which ruled the military could indeed require schools to allow recruiters if they wanted to receive federal money. Kagan, though she allowed the military back, simultaneously urged students to demonstrate against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
In October 2003, Kagan transmitted an e-mail to students and faculty deploring that military recruiters had shown up on campus in violation of the school’s anti-discrimination policy. It read, “This action causes me deep distress. I abhor the military’s discriminatory recruitment policy.” She also wrote that it was “a profound wrong — a moral injustice of the first order.”
I’m all for barring military recruitment on college campuses. During my days as a student leftist in the 1980s, I was involved in the movement to oppose CIA recruitment on campuses. The reason for this was that the various destabilization and counterinsurgency campaigns in which the CIA played a principal role has resulted in the deaths of millions of people. The reasons to oppose military recruitment on campuses might include, say, the million or so people killed in the present Iraq war, or the invasion of Iraq under false pretenses.
Beyond that, a lot of military recruiting is also done under false pretenses. Some years ago, I was managing a restaurant that had an Army and Marine recruiting office next door. Many of the workers I supervised were high school and college aged, and every day the recruiters would aggressively pursue them as they ventured into the parking lot on their way to work. They would use the wildest lies imaginable as a recruiting tool, like telling one kid that military service would help him advance his preferred career as a rapper (I kid you not. They really said that.)
But apparently Ms. Kagan isn’t particularly worried about any of this compared with the great atrocity of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In other words, it’s no big deal to recruit unsuspecting youth under false pretense to go engage in aggressive war under even greater false pretenses, and to kill millions of people in the process. But it’s an awful thing to refuse to allow out-of-the-closet homos to join in the fun. Some more examples of Ms. Kagan’s legal wisdom:
First Amendment Center and the Cato Institute later expressed concern over arguments Kagan advanced as a part of her role as solicitor general. For example, during her time as Solicitor General, Kagan prepared a brief defending a law later ruled unconstitutional that would have criminalized depictions of animal cruelty
At her confirmation hearing, Kagan also drew criticism for arguing that battlefield law, including indefinite detention without a trial, could apply outside of traditional battlefields.
This is consistent with what I have been saying for some time about the present direction of American society. The cultural hard left is in the process of becoming a new ruling class, and this is a process that has been building up gradually since the 1970s. This rising cultural hard left has in the process of its ascension abandoned the anti-establishment ideas of 60s radicalism, and instead made its peace with the forces of State, Capital, and Empire in return for ruling class support for the advancement of the hard left’s social agenda. This cultural hard left that is in the process of seizing power through its alliance with the plutocracy and banking cartels has no qualms about using the police/military state it has inherited from past regimes (like those of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, may they both rot in hell forever) to eliminate its political opponents. Hence, conventional civil liberties like free speech and the rights of the accused to a fair trial can be compromised or eliminated entirely, yet there must never be a hint of “discrimination” against groups favored by the Left. What this will eventually produce, of course, is a totalitarian state organized as a caste system where individual rights are based merely on group identity, and group rights are based on claims of having been oppressed according to PC ideology.