We are so proud.
Italian - Americans have two members on the United States Supreme Court; Justices Scalia and Alito. The highest ranking Italian - Americans in the land. Our hearts just burst with pride - not!
Our trials and tribulations in America took us from the lynching of Sicilians in New Orleans (because our people saw nothing wrong with living and working with black people) to the Supreme Court.
In between Italian Americans fought the good fight for the working man; leaders in the progressive labor movement of the 1920's. Out in front in Lawrence Massachusetts at the textile mills, in Pennsylvania and Colorado in the coal mines. We watched the execution of Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti in a grossly unfair trial because they had "red" political views.
We bombed the Wall Street offices of J. P. Morgan himself in protest while tens of thousands in America and around the world marched.
That proud history is now gone. Today we are a reliably conservative Catholic group which can be counted on to vote for the oligarch. And it is this sad new reality from whence come Scalia and Alito. Two reliable reactionaries.
Yesterday Justice Scalia characterized the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as a "racial entitlement". Further, he opined that voting is too important to leave to Congress and the legislature.
Was he around in 1965? I was.
Did he ride a bus during "Freedom Summer" to register poor Southern blacks who had never been able to vote in their lives? Does he know that the great Republican Everett Dirksen demanded in 1942 during the war that black soldiers from Southern states be allowed to vote? Dirksen argued that if they were taking bullets for Alabama they should be allowed to vote in Alabama! What nerve!
Where is Everett when we need him most?
I guess that Scalia didn't think the law was necessary in 1965 when Everett Dirksen delivered the Republican vote in the Senate to ensure it's passage as Dixiecrats voted "no".
Did Justice Scalia notice the attempts to suppress the vote in the last Presidential election? Or does he get all his information from Faux News? Here in my own state of Florida people waited hours to cast a ballot in spite of Governor Rick Scott’s efforts; he did everything he could to minimize the turnout. Too bad. He lost. Now he is the focus of the"Pink Slip Rick" campaign.
Does Justice Scalia remember the people and the culture from whence he came?
I think not. Yesterday he made himself look like an ass, filled with the braggadocio of a Jersey Shore kid.
For shame Antonim.
It should be remembered that we Italians invented fascism.
We know them when we see them.