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  • Thursday, November 11, 2004


    Future Joys of a Scalia Supreme Court

    Thinking of the Ren and Stimpy refrain: "Happy, happy. Joy, joy." Reason number 28 to be happy is AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: The Scalia Court:
    "As paleo-conservative Patrick Buchanan just announced, triumphantly: 'The last best chance to overturn Roe v. Wade is at hand.'

    And it's not just Roe. While the right to choose is no doubt the most prominent target of the Republican majority, other rights are also at risk. If, in four years, a true Scalia Court exists, a number of important rulings might well be overturned.

    A glance at cases in which Justices Scalia and Thomas have dissented offers a preview of what to expect. The subjects of their outrage range from affirmative action -- stigmatized as racial discrimination -- to campaign finance laws, environmental protection regulations, and gun restrictions, among others. They have tried to limit the rights of certain groups -- sodomizing adults, suspected criminals, women who need abortions, prisoners, the poor, religious dissenters, detainees on Guantanamo, to name a few - and enlarge the privileges of others."

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