I've been engaged in an interesting discussion on SDA with two regulars there. I thought it worthwhile to transcribe the conversation here.
EBD - what Obama means by 'empathy' is a belief that the most desirable judiciary opinions are not the result of objective reason applied to factual evidence, but are the result of memories of personal life experiences.
I'll go further and say that "empathy" is just a code word for Leftist political philosophy.
The U.S. talk radio show host, Dennis Prager, often talks about the difference between the Left and the Right. On the Left, the primary value they ascribe to is "Equality". But the key to understanding the mindset is to realize that they don't mean "Equality of Opportunity" but "Equality of Results".
Even after 70+ years of seeing the disaster of such political objectives, the Left keeps on trying again and again and ... you get the idea. :-(Posted by: Robert W. at May 29, 2009 11:12 PM
I don't think that equality of results is the sole criterion of 'the just society' any more.
ET, thank you for your excellent analysis. I hope that everyone on here reads it ... carefully!