Scalia, Voting Rights, and Flip Flops
I caught this Scalia quote from Huffington Post on today’s Voting Rights Act trial:
“Whenever a society adopts racial entitlements, it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes.”
This quote is very interesting given what it says of Scalia and the rest of the Court’s Conservatives. First, when did voting rights become a “racial entitlement”? I thought they were constitutional entitlements or rights as we like to call them in every other context. Second, the, “…it is very difficult to get out of them through the normal political processes…,” line is even more interesting given it shows Scalia’s support for so called judicial activism. Isn’t this what we have been told is corrosive to democracy from none other than Scalia and others like him?
Any thoughts on this? Personally, I think they are going to gut the Voting Rights Act. I said right after the election that the Republicans were sure to have the Voting Rights Act either weakened or destroyed because their only viable strategy going forward depends upon a Lebanon-style voter suppression/representation suppression regime. As I’ve said before, a party that has spent the last 40 years convincing the rabid, racist part of the white South that politics vis-a-vis any minority group is a zero-sum game cannot then reach out to growing minority groups without alienating and losing support from that rabid, racist base. Their only choice will be vote maximization of a declining demographic.