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Scalia Speaks. The World is Worse for it.

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In Supreme Court oral arguments this week regarding the Voting Rights Act, Justice Scalia questioned whether the voting rights act might "perpetuate racial entitlement."


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First, Scalia reveals a great deal about himself by confusing equal access to voting rights with racial entitlement.


Second, setting aside the dubiousness of his claim, whether a law creates a sense of entitlement is a legislative issue, not judicial. Then again, Scalia fancies himself a one man legislature.

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Since when does the Supreme Court invalidate laws because they may or may not perpetuate a sense of entitlement?


Are child endangerment laws unconstitutional because they perpetuate children with a sense of entitlement to safety?


Are minimum wage laws unconstitutional because they perpetuate the laboring class's sense of entitlement to a minimum wage?

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Or, taking the current example further, shall we strike all laws that prevent the government from discriminating against race because they perpetuate a racial sense of entitlement to equality before the law?


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Brett Cottrell studied political theory at Boise State and graduated from The George Washington University Law School. Academic wanderings aside, he's a native of Las Vegas, born and bred in Sin City. This explains a lot. He is the author of The (more...)

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