Obama Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Laments “Decline of Socialism”

May 10, 2010

It is no surprise that President Obama nominates Elena Kagan, a committed leftist to the Supreme Court. At least she is replacing John Paul Stevens one of the most liberal Justices, so the overall balance on the court will not change if she is confirmed by the Senate.

Still the topic of her undergraduate thesis at Princeton is a bit more candid than what American leftists usually say:

In her undergraduate thesis at Princeton, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, lamented the decline of socialism in the country as “sad” for those who still hope to “change America.”

Titled “To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933,” Kagan opined that infighting caused the decline of the early socialist movement. She asked why the “greatness” of socialism was not reemerging as a major political force.

“In our own times, a coherent socialist movement is nowhere to be found in the United States. Americans are more likely to speak of a golden past than of a golden future, of capitalism’s glories than of socialism’s greatness,” wrote Kagan, Obama’s solicitor general.

“Why, in a society by no means perfect, has a radical party never attained the status of a major political force? Why, in particular, did the socialist movement never become an alternative to the nation’s established parties?” she asked.

Read more at World Net Daily.

Elena Kagan will receive more scrutiny in the coming weeks than she has ever experienced before. Early reports have focused on her arguments before the Supreme Court, a surprising opinion in the Clinton White House against late-term abortions, her opposition at Harvard toward military recruiters and her sexual orientation.

None of these reports will stop her confirmation. But if there is a consistent record of views far outside the American mainstream, could her nomination fail in the Senate?

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