Scalia Calls Voting Rights Act a “Perpetuation of Racial Entitlement”

We have a RWNJ supreme court. That is such a pitifully sad statement to have to make but there you go. Scalia, Alito and Thomas are Tea Party through and through. Roberts (sigh) does have the Obamacare decision on his record to make me think again before lumping him with the others, but his leadership on Citizen’s United is very Tea Party nutsy kookoo. They continually go out of their way to undermine well established law that conservatives hate and therefore disagree with.  And that’s what makes them nuts.  Unlike previous Supreme Courts these 4, sometimes joined by Anthony Kennedy, are ready to dump what other courts have approved over and over, things that have worked to ameliorate injustice or inequality. As Federalist Society ultra-conservatives they do not  feel the same way towards injustice and inequality that most Americans do.  They see these things as by-products of capitalism and yes, life in general, that we cannot and should not do anything about.  It’s unfortunate for those unlucky bastards that are on the bottom end, but there it is and it’s sheer arrogance on the part of liberals to try to change God’s creation.

Thusly, if God gave you a shit ton of money, you should not have to apologize for that. You’re the fortunate one, more worthy, not less. You should be able to use that money to influence our democracy. The constitution protects your God given right to speech.

Thusly, if you’re black and live in Alabama and the local powers that be feel you should not be able to vote, well then you don’t vote, because the states get to decide that. Any interference in that mechanism is a “racial entitlement.”

One could go through almost every issue the court has decided on in the last 5 years and find the same kind of conservative thinking that makes no sense in the real world, in the America that we understand this to be. But this isn’t just a philosophical conflict between utlitarian do-gooders who want a functioning democracy versus so-called “originalists” more dedicated to the constitution than the rest of us. No, because on the contrary these originalists have to actually ignore the constitution as written and intended to get to where they want to go.

The first amendment does not mention money. None of the bill of rights mentions money.  It’s purely an aristocratic dream to equate money to speech and say that neither can be limited. 

You have to ignore Section 2 of the 15th amendment to strike down the voting rights act. 

The United States Constitution, Amendment XV: “SECTION 1. 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. SECTION 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”

So what kind of jurist would ignore the 15th amendment, the entire record of discrimination and infringement on the franchise perpetuated by the states of the old confederacy, and see trying to guarantee minorities the right to vote as a “racial entitlement?”  Right wing nut job wackadoodles. And that’s sad as all hell.

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