First, let me state that Trump is not my preferred GOP candidate. I find him far less troublesome than the #NeverTrump crowd. I want my president to be thoughtful of the constitution, temperate and to lead by setting a good example – a man who can be thought of well even by those who oppose his party and policies.
Well that ship sailed a while ago, so we have Trump.
The latest of a massive list of controversies is the accusation by Trump that judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot be impartial because the good judge has Mexican heritage…or something like that.
The reaction from all the right people has been to get their skirts over their heads calling Trump a racist. While I wish that Trump would be a bit more thoughtful, the fact is that the man – Trump that is – has a fair point.
Consider this: If a black man accused of a crime is to be tried by 12 white jurors, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? While I personally think the race of a jury ought not matter in most circumstances, the fact is that for DECADES we have been told that in the interests of justice we have to consider the race or the participants, from cops to investigators to jurors and yes, judges.
Now, I think a judge ought to, as a matter or propriety, stay away from politics, especially identity politics where one’s “heritage” is a key factor of one’s influence. I am a Scot, but other than my name and a few gags about being cheap, it is not a key factor of my ability to influence others. Judge Curiel, no doubt a fine man, still has given a boatload of money to the Clinton Foundation, and is an active member of a legal society that is built – not around common factors such as law philosophy or a neutral charity, but rather race. It’s called The Race for pity’s sake.
Minority groups exert enormous pressure on those within it to be “unified” and in our current environment, the dominant “Latino” position is to be hostile to reducing illegal immigration. I’ll not bore you pointing out the rioters waving Mexican flags at Trump rallies. You are not an idiot.
Judge Gonzalo Curiel decided long ago to make his ethnicity a key component of his influence, signalling some kind of political and/or racial solidarity with the greater Latino community. Now that Trump is in a heated contest with Clinton, I think it is perfectly reasonable to take the Judge at his word that he makes his something of a priority and expect, much less ask, that he recuse himself. The judge has nobody but himself to blame.
The identity politics of the Left has brought us to this place where one citizen suspects the fairness of perspective of another if the heritage between them is an insufficient match. Don’t blame Trump for following the rules they laid down.