Remembering The One Good Thing That Happened in 2016: Sayonara Scalia

Submitted by: lalapancakes 8 months ago News & Politics

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It’s rare when I'm happy about the passing of anyone but I was ecstatic when Supreme Court Justice Anthony “there’s no more racism” Scalia passed on. And it makes me so glad to know one of my favorite journalistic writers basically wrote the same opening sentence without my prior knowledge. Greg Palast wrote a few reminders as to why Justice Scalia, a man who had no term limits in his trampling of the American constitution, was a pathetic excuse for a humanitarian.

Greg Palast:

“No man’s passing should be a source of joy. But neither should it be a source of false histories and false tears. Justice Scalia was a right wing warrior who never let the Constitution get in the way of a chance to tear the guts out of Americans’ rights.

His main legacy, knifing the Voting Rights Act and blessing the Jim Crow obstacle course created by bigoted, partisan voting officials. May he rest in peace. In the meantime, here’s a battlefield report about Justice Scalia from the voting rights war…”

There are 15 comments:
Male 282
jhe appointment for life made some sense when the constitution was signed and the average life expectancy was about 35 years and the idea was to insulate supreme court members from political influence. It makes zero sense in modern times when the lifetime appointment provision is clearly having the complete opposite effect owing the doubling of life expectancy. But like the screwy electoral college system we'll never manage to change it because to build a better system would require a little honesty, vision, and cooperation amongst the citizenry and unfortunately we Americans seem to have exhuasted our supply of those qualities some time ago.
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Male 3,293
Odd that he was such incredibly great friends with another Supreme Court justice that I am sure all of those celebrating his death just love. You could certainly learn a thing or two from her.
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Male 6,433
Trimble, you can be friends with people with whom you disagree. They were friends, he was probably a nice guy. Nice guys can be bad people.
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Female 3,390
**I need to alter my comment and admit that I most certainly WOULD celebrate the death of a pedophile.. murderer, dictator, tyrant etc and would teabag them if I had the equipment... but not another person just because they thought differently than I.
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Male 1,255
There's enough here - http://www.ontheissues.org/Antonin_Scalia.htm - where harm of life has happened. I am certain his way of thought and forcing it on millions hurt lives. I'm not sorry.
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Female 3,390
harm of life? LOL yeah okay.
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Male 1,255
  • You don't think limiting women's access to health care hasn't screwed a few thousand women over?
  • You don't think his attitude towards rape victims not being able to sue their attackers didn't ruin some lives?
  • You don't think his willingness to require highly highly toxic land known as Superfund Sites to "be left to the private
  • company" hasn't wouldn't have caused some fucked up cancers?
  • You don't think his work against the LGBT rights group didn't aid and abet in suicides?
  • You don't think his fierce support of Citizens United didn't create immense poverty and ruin lives?
  • You don't think his love of a militarized police state has anything to do with the issues with violent cops now?
  • You don't think his move to derail clean air has been the source of lung diseases and cancers?
  • You don't think his support of not being allowed to polluters would be a source for many diseases and deaths?
  • You don't think his move to ruin the clean water act would be source to disease and death?

  • I could go on but I do have a life.

    Do you not understand cause and effect?
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    Female 4,086
    the big problem now is that for the next session there is an even number of supreme court justices. and that means if they split 4/4 on the case they're reviewing, the case is just sent back down to the original court, the court that was deficient in the first place. just a great big circle jerk until another justice is appointed.
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    Female 3,390
    oh yay! let's celebrate another human being's death!..... very telling.
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    Male 8,025
    When that human being makes judgements that adversely affect the country? Ya. We celebrate his death. You've gotten awfully self-righteous lately.
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    Female 3,390
    not self-righteous at all.. I don't see anything uplifting about celebrating someone's death... what horrific crimes in THIRTY years did this monster commit?
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    Male 6,433
    Letting his ideology cloud common sense. Living in his ivory tower while ignoring the needs of the many. His job was to interpret the Constitution. He interpreted it in the most asinine way possible. He let ideology rule his life. Not to mention his cozy relationships with sketchy groups.
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    Male 10,855
    Sounds like your typical SCOTUS judge, I dare say the high court could definitely use some new blood.
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    Female 3,390
    blanket accusations... gotcha
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    Male 6,433
    Didn't agree with him. He was by far one of our worst Justice's of all time.
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