Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1986. He has spent twenty-five years on the bench thus far, ruling always in the direction of the Right. His views are considered almost fascist. In fact, he almost fits the definition of fascism. He is a strict Constitutionalist believing in strong Executive Branch powers. He’s against the Civil Rights Act and has said he would’ve sided with the dissenters in the 1896 Plessy vs Ferguson where legalized segregation was upheld. We are talking about a guy who just might have sided with the Confederate States in the Civil War as he firmly believes in states’ rights. Simply read his dissent to overturning Arizona’s SB 1070, a Draconian law on immigration enforcement. The majority rule said the law infringed on the federal government’s jurisdiction over immigration enforcement, even if the feds may, at times, have fumbled their role.
How did Antonin become the curmudgeon he has evolved into? Perhaps we need simply to look at his dad, Eugene Scalia. He had enormous influence on Justice Scalia. He sent his son to military school where they had to pledge allegiance to Mussolini, Alan Dershowitz has asserted. Scalia Sr. founded the American Fascist Party in 1934 only two years before Antonin was born. Apparently a 60 Minutes interview included extensive biographical information on Justice Scalia and his family, where they identify his father as “a professor of romance languages at Brooklyn College” and failed to disclose that he was a member of the American-Italian Fascist Party during Mussolini’s regime in the 1930s. He’s a man who is well in the tradition of Franco and Mussolini. He’s not an anti-Semite – there’s no bigotry or racism in him at all. But he is somebody who has these views which would have been very comfortable in fascist Italy or fascist Spain.
Mr. Scalia went on an infamous hunting trip with Dick Cheney in 2004 to his vacation spot in Southern Louisiana. It seems Mr. Cheney’s trip raised growing questions about the propriety of a Supreme Court justice going on a hunt the same time Scalia was hearing a case involving the vice president. The case, which has to do with whether Cheney must reveal who serves on his energy task force. Further complicating the question: The host of the hunting trip is a prominent member of the energy industry. Of course, he did not recuse himself from the case and The Court ruled in Cheney’s favor.
In that same 60 Minutes interview, he told Leslie Stahl and the American people to “get over it” with regards to the legitimacy of the Bush v Gore decision. A puppet of the Bush administration and a staunch enemy of most democratic principles, it’s easy to see why. His father’s allegiances lie with people who were sympathetic with the ways of the Nazis, who basically believe that every function of government should be run by private corporations, that government should be strictly authoritarian, and that there should be no freedom for people within a country. They supported the Nazis in the lead up to World War II. In a notable case, Senator Prescott Bush, an erstwhile member of the American Fascist party, was sanctioned for doing business dealings with the Nazis even after World War II started. It’s no wonder Scalia is the way he is. A corporatist, a segregationist and a big advocate of state’s rights, he may as well be a plantation owner in the Antebellum South. I don’t think his interpretation of the Constitution is what it’s supposed to be. He has a conservative agenda and will always rule for the wealthy corporations. If Willard Romney had been elected, he would have only appointed more like him on the bench.