Antonin Scalia machte die USA zu einem hässlicheren Ort …

… aber nicht im Alleingang und sein Tod könnte alles noch schlimmer machen:

… More importantly to some is that, had Scalia’s dissents ultimately shaped America, women would not have reproductive rights, the federal government could not effectively regulate health care, LGBT people would not have the right engage in sexual intercourse without fear of arrest – let alone alone the right to marry – and states could single them out for legal disabilities. Women could be excluded from state educational institutions, public schools could teach creationism in science classes and prisoners could be assaulted by prison guards. And, in large part because of Scalia, in America today, the Voting Rights Act has been gutted, the rights of employees and consumers have been curtailed, Brown v Board is more likely to be used to stop integration than to promote it and moneyed interests increasingly dominate elections.

But however one evaluates his legacy, Scalia’s untimely death creates a huge political issue that could well become a constitutional crisis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already made it clear that the Senate will not confirm anyone President Obama nominates to replace Scalia. That means, for a least a year, the US supreme court will almost certainly operate with 8 members and, in cases of a 4-4 split, lower court opinions will stand, leading to escalating uncertainty about the state of the law. …

Gemäss Corey Robin war sein Einfluss auf die Entwicklung der Republikanischen Partei hin zur batshit-crazyness enorm:

If you want to understand how Donald Trump became the soul of the Republican Party, you need look no further than Antonin Scalia. Scalia is the id, ego, and super-ego of modern conservatism.

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