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  •  The word your looking for is "Empathy" (9+ / 0-)

    The GOP as a whole can lack empathy for entire classes of people who are "not like them".

    Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

    by lostboyjim on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 06:37:38 AM PDT

    •  Exactly (4+ / 0-)

      until it's family.

      Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

      by hulibow on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 07:13:30 AM PDT

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    •  They have a vendetta against empathy (1+ / 0-)
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      Much was made of President Obama's identification of "empathy" as a key attribute of a Supreme Court nominee. Republican derision of empathy as a desirable quality in a Supreme Court justice was, of course, a mere tempest in a teapot. Republican presidents have also touted the importance of empathy, including George H.W. Bush, who introduced his 1991 Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas as a man of "great empathy."

      It was conservative stalwart Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) who, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced Sandra Day O'Connor at her confirmation hearings in 1981, and explained that in addition to seeking a justice of integrity, courage and legal acumen, "we seek a person of compassion -- compassion which tempers with mercy the judgment of the criminal, yet recognizes the sorrow and suffering of the victim."

      Thus, the only real controversy with regard to judicial empathy is an honest recognition that different circumstances provoke different judges to respond empathetically.

      when it is applied liberally. It's okay when it is applied to conservatives.

      "I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights." (From "You Said a Mouthful" by Bishop Desmond Tutu - South African bishop & activist, b.1931)

      by FiredUpInCA on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:13:14 PM PDT

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