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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:43 PM

Mad Tony ( Scalia): Voting Rights Act Is ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/27/1646891/scalia-voting-rights-act-is-perpetuation-of-racial-entitlement/

WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyer’s lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

The comment came as part of a larger riff on a comment Scalia made the last time the landmark voting law was before the justices. Noting the fact that the Voting Rights Act reauthorization passed 98-0 when it was before the Senate in 2006, Scalia claimed four years ago that this unopposed vote actually undermines the law: “The Israeli supreme court, the Sanhedrin, used to have a rule that if the death penalty was pronounced unanimously, it was invalid, because there must be something wrong there.”

That was an unusual comment when it was made, but Scalia’s expansion on it today raises concerns that his suspicion of the Act is rooted much more in racial resentment than in a general distrust of unanimous votes. Scalia noted when the Voting Rights Act was first enacted in 1965, it passed over 19 dissenters. In subsequent reauthorizations, the number of dissenters diminished, until it passed the Senate without dissent seven years ago. Scalia’s comments suggested that this occurred, not because of a growing national consensus that racial disenfranchisement is unacceptable, but because lawmakers are too afraid to be tarred as racists. His inflammatory claim that the Voting Rights Act is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement” came close to the end of a long statement on why he found a landmark law preventing race discrimination in voting to be suspicious.

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Reply Mad Tony ( Scalia): Voting Rights Act Is ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’ (Original post)
deminks Feb 2013 OP
Berlum Feb 2013 #1
jsr Feb 2013 #10
leftyohiolib Feb 2013 #15
Cha Feb 2013 #16
sinkingfeeling Feb 2013 #2
markpkessinger Feb 2013 #3
Drale Feb 2013 #4
librechik Feb 2013 #5
unblock Feb 2013 #6
jberryhill Feb 2013 #7
Berlum Feb 2013 #11
bullwinkle428 Feb 2013 #8
Cha Feb 2013 #17
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #9
tledford Feb 2013 #12
DougRees Feb 2013 #13
LibertyLover Feb 2013 #14
Gothmog Feb 2013 #18
UTUSN Feb 2013 #19

Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:48 PM

1. Clarence Thomas (R) let's everyone know exactly how he feels about the issue

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:20 PM

10. Pretty cushy job

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 02:05 PM

15. god he's such a f*king disgrace

 

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:15 PM

16. Perfect Berlum. America has assholes on their SC.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:54 PM

2. It's unbelieveable that this fool is on the Supreme Court!!

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:57 PM

3. An article on Talking Points Memo quotes Scalia as saying:

An article on Talking Points Memo quotes Scalia as saying:

I don’t think there is anything to gain by any senator by voting against this Act,” Scalia said. “This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress. They’re going to lose votes if they vote against the Voting Rights Act. Even the name is wonderful.


Excuse me?! Since when is it the job of the Supreme Court to protect legislators -- in advance no less -- against the political consequences of taking an unpopular vote?

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:58 PM

4. Justice Scalia, a moment of your time please?

Show me a single instance in the last 4 years in which the Republicans were afraid of being deemed racist? They are racist, everyone who knows anything knows it and they are not afraid to flaunt it when ever possible. If the VRA was up for a vote today there would be a ton a Repukes and Teahodists voting against it.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:01 PM

5. voters are moochers

they don't have the rights to govern themselves.

Thx Tony

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:06 PM

6. because a law's constitutionality depends on the political motives of the marginal congresscritter?

whether last few congresscritters changed their dissents due to fear of the bigot label, a recognition that their earlier dissents were morally wrong, or because the pushed the wrong button or whatever, who cares?

the thinking of the majority might be somewhat relevant, but the thinking of the superfluous extra tag-along votes? how silly.


"this law is unconstitutional because a few senators felt poltical pressure from their peers and constituents to vote for it!"

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:06 PM

7. Everyone is entitled to vote


But, leave it to Fat Tony to reflect on this country's long history of racial entitlement.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #7)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:22 PM

11. The Opus Dei Court (R) - Ya gotta wonder if the Pope (R) made him say that...

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:12 PM

8. This fucker would have been so comfortable running a plantation 150 years ago.

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Response to bullwinkle428 (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:22 PM

17. Weren't Italians being discriminated against.. one hundred

and fifty years ago?

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:19 PM

9. Um....Well....Yeah....

You are entitled to vote in this country regardless of your race. So I suppose that's true? Sorta?

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:25 PM

12. And who was surprised at this attitude on Scalia's part?

No one who pays attention.

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:29 PM

13. Are Voting Rights an "Entitlement"???

Since when did voting rights become an "entitlement"??? I thought they were just that--RIGHTS!!!

Has Justice Scalia ever heard of the 15th Amendment?

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:35 PM

14. Gosh, I thought that Republicans didn't want foreign law used in the US

I mean, they get to het up over the mere mention of sharia law. Yet here Tony the Slime brings in ancient Jewish law. Of course, Tony does get it sort of wrong - it was the Greater Sanhedrin that acted like a supreme court, especially in the 2nd temple period, legislating all aspects of Jewish life, both religious and political, according to the Bible and rabbinic tradition, and taking cases from lower courts or the lesser Sanhedrins that each city had. I wonder if Tony believes that the Bible and rabbinic traditions are living documents unlike the Constitution which he claims is not?

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 03:44 PM

18. Juanita Jean is sick of this idiot

Juanita Jean is not happy with Fat Tony Scalia and has a good intrepretation of Scalia's comments http://juanitajean.com/2013/02/27/section-five/

“Perpetuation of racial entitlement,” is a privileged rich white old man’s term for “they’ve been treated equally for far too long.” Wowzza.

It is perfectly obvious that Scalia has never (1) been to the south, or (2) read anything about what’s happening in America beyond his chambers.”

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Response to deminks (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 04:27 PM

19. Can somebody explain why this isn't grounds for recusal? n/t

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