President Obama handed the ACLU another seat on the federal bench by nominating one of its own – San Francisco U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Chen - to serve as federal district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Both “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity’s America” sounded the warning alarm about this man, but it appears to be too little too late. Chen’s nomination was approved by a party line vote last Friday in the Senate Judiciary Committee and is headed for virtually certain confirmation on the Senate floor.
What is so concerning about Mr. Chen? Like the typical ACLU activist lawyer that he was between 1979 and 2001, Chen thinks the United States is inherently racist. Just 10 days after 3000 innocent people were killed in the 9/11 Islamic jihad, Chen said that one of his first responses was a:
sickening feeling in my stomach about what might happen to race relations and religious tolerance on our own soil… One has to wonder whether the seemingly irresistible forces of racism, nativism and scapegoating which has [sic] recurred so often in our history can be effectively restrained
This is ACLU-speak par excellence. Who cares what the Islamic terrorists did? It is America that always is in the wrong and any actions that it takes to prevent another 9/11 is nothing more than “racism, nativism and scapegoating”.
Chen is an habitual race-baiter. His ACLU mentality did not stop after he left the left-wing organization. For example, in discussing the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 (which he said was an example of “institutionalized racism”) Chen asked the audience at a Diversity Celebration of the California State Bar Convention:
Would the response have been different had the majority of victims been white and middleclass rather than poor and black? Would the response have been quicker had it been Kennebunkport instead of New Orleans? Regardless of how these questions are answered, Hurricane Katrina raises even more profound questions that transcend this single tragedy.
And here is what he said he feels when he hears America the Beautiful:
feelings of ambivalence and cynicism when confronted with appeals to patriotism – sometimes I cannot help but feel that there are too much [sic] injustice and too many inequalities that prevent far too many Americans from enjoying the beauty extolled in that anthem