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Regardless of your position on the death penalty for minors, the opinion of the Supreme Court overturning this practice among the states ought to worry you. The AP’s quote from Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion only scratches the surface about what’s wrong with it.

In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia disputed that there is a trend and chastised his colleagues for taking power from the states.

“The court says in so many words that what our people’s laws say about the issue does not, in the last analysis, matter: ‘In the end our own judgment will be brought to bear on the question of the acceptability of the death penalty,'” he wrote.

“The court thus proclaims itself sole arbiter of our nation’s moral standards,” Scalia wrote.

Where are states’ rights in all this? How far does the Supreme Court get to go when interpreting state laws? The answer, according to the liberal side of the bench, is as far as they want. The distribution of power has served this country well for a couple hundred years or so, but bit by bit it’s all coalescing in Washington, D.C.

“When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” — Thomas Jefferson to Charles Hammond, 1821.

UPDATE: A good discussion of this is going on over at (A name-calling surface-only “discussion” on this is also going on at the Daily Kos. There may be some who are trying to think this through, but finding them in all the left-wing noise will be difficult. Independents, again, take note.)

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