Scalia: Some Rights Are More Equal Than Others

There’s a great quote in Animal Farm by George Orwell where he notes that some animals are more equal than others. Even though Antonin Scalia is steeped in fear of danger to our citizens, he’s decided that the right to bear arms is a far more equal right than is habeas corpus. So goes my reading of the case.


Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Reviewing Antonin Scalia’s opinions this last week in two big cases, his dissent in the habeas corpus decision thratening the viability of Gitmo, and his majority opinion in the Washington DC case threatening all the citizens of that fair city, I am reminded of that famous quote in George Orwell’s Animal House: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” As the two cases before the Supreme Court tackle two of our most fundamental rights, of habeas corpus and the right to bear arms, it seems appropriate to note whether Justice Scalia treeats them equally. I aver he does not. Habeas corpus to Scalia evidently only counts if a person is a citizen of the US, though if that citizen is declared an enemy combatant, that right likely goes out the window for Scalia. Why? Good question – answers after the break…

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Friday, June 27th, 2008 by Steven Reynolds |

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