According to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the only people who are really entitled to equal rights are the white guys with money. The rest of us are just along to make their life easier.
“It’s not up to the courts to invent new minorities that get special protections,” Scalia said to the audience at a Federalist Society event in Bozeman, Mt., presumably talking about the Court’s recent rulings on marriage equality.
When the Court ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act, which had prohibited married couples from receiving federal marriage benefits, Scalia wrote a scathing dissent, in which made a similar argument.
“We have no power to decide this case,” Scalia wrote. “And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America.”
Scalia also noted during Monday’s address to the Federalist Society that while changes were made to the Constitution to give greater civil rights to minorities and voting rights to women, that the court shouldn’t operate that way today, according to the AP’s account.
So enabling the courts to interpret the constitutional amendments that allowed women and other people the right to vote or have equal protection under the law was a flagrant violation of the Constitution.
I guess he missed that part where the “invented minorities” were never granted the rights in the first place, so that even if they did get “special rights,” all that would do would be to bring them level with the white men. And we can’t have that, can we?