Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Squealing Like An Italian Pig

I'm not a racist; I only act like one!
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is well known for his outrageous comments both on and off the high bench, where he has distinguished himself for 27 years as one of its most extremist justices in a century. But in oral arguments of  Shelby County v. Holder (after which it seems that the conservative majority will eviscerate the Voting Rights Act of 1965), Scalia raised the eyebrows of many with a shocking remark rising above his usual hatefulness.

Continuing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (which requires federal approval of voting laws in nine southern states and parts of seven others) would be, according to Scalia, the "perpetuation of racial entitlement."  He weakly tried to justify this extremist view by claiming the Act had only been renewed by a unanimous Senate in 2006 because there was no political advantage to be had from voting against it.

This comes from the guy who famously admitted that he would have dissented had he been on the Supreme Court when it ruled unanimously for desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education.   He also dissented with the majority in 2012's Arizona v. United States, in which he made the outrageous argument against federal supremacy in immigration law, saying:

    "The States enacted numerous laws restricting the immigration of certain classes of aliens, including convicted criminals, indigents, persons with contagious diseases, and (in Southern States) freed blacks."

Update:  courtesy of the Alliance of Justice, here's a link to hear the actual comments by Scalia during oral arguments:

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