We’re groomed from the time we’re very young to believe that men who hold powerful positions must be competent or else they wouldn’t have risen to such heights. That’s hardly the case. Take for instance, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was clearly flushed upward with the tide of incompetence by the very virtue of being a Regan appointee. Scalia has repeatedly proven himself to be thoroughly unfit to sit on the bench, and helped to mire us in all kinds of appalling legislation including Citizens United. Truth to tell, he’s an activist judge incapable of being impartial or fair minded. In fact I don’t think Scalia is very bright. He equates homosexuality to bestiality and murder and sees nothing wrong with sexual discrimination. At his most charitable he’s tactless and wrong minded. This week Scalia referred to the The Voting Rights Act of 1965 as nothing more than a “racial entitlement.”
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 came about after decades of minority voters being subjected to absurdities like having to guess how many jelly beans were in a jar before they’d be allowed to enter a voting booth—even though the 15th Amendment to the Constitution, clearly states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” But in many states, especially southern states unconscionable tactics like bean counting were employed to prevent minorities from voting.
Just the other day, Justice Scalia stated to a aghast courtroom: “Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.” Which begs the question, why would anyone want to “get out of” or withdraw those rights from other citizens? The man is a fool and an embarrassment, but he’s in good company with some like-minded fellows. Antonin Scalia needs to voluntarily take retirement. He is not fit to serve the best interests of all peoples of the nation.
Scalia thinks the name “Voting Rights Act” is manipulative. No, it’s a fair assessment of the those rights which should never be denied. “Citizens United” is a manipulative title, as it has nothing whatsoever to do with the rights of citizens other than to subvert them through the obscene misuse of big money. This last election we saw Spanish language voting brochures and billboards that had election dates purposefully listed as being on the wrong day. We saw early voting privileges revoked in minority communities and all manor of chicanery deployed to try and prevent Barack Obama from winning reelection. So it’s pretty clear that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 needs to be applied to all fifty states and left in place—as there is no reason to believe that a racial divide no longer exists in this country. But what exactly is Clarence Thomas’ excuse?
When you look at a break down of at all nine Supreme Court Justices and where they stand, here’s how it shakes out: Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas can all be counted on to ignore progress in favor of stagnation. Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bater Ginsberg and Stephen G. Breyer can all be counted on to take a balanced and fair view of human diversity. And as always, the wild card is Anthony Kennedy. But forward thinking national goals of inclusion and progress would go a lot more smoothly if Antonin Scalia would quietly blunder his way into the sunset.
– Disassociated Press, 3/2/2013