Scalia, Sixpacks and Sanity

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has always been one of the more outspoken justices on the SCOTUS. His latest speech to the New England School of Law truly shows what a gem of a justice the U.S. has on the highest court in the land.

Scalia has long been a strict constructionist on the Supreme Court and does not abuse his position. In fact, he decried the "judge-moralist" era by comparing judges to "Joe Sixpack" in showing that neither are more qualified than the other to decide issues of morality. I agree with Scalia whole-heartedly. This might surprise all the liberals who CRINGE every time they see or hear the name "Scalia" but Antonin does not believe that questions on abortion and gay marriage are NOT to be decided by the courts, but rather the public through elected legislatures. He stated that "anyone who thinks the country's most prominent lawyers reflect the views of the people needs a reality check."

Justice Scalia also assumed rather correctly that a judge with his views could NEVER get elected to even the U.S. Court of Appeals much less the SCOTUS. Frankly, the stupidity of labelling liberal judges as "mainstream" or "moderate" is blatantly evident:
"What is a moderate interpretation of (the Constitution)? Halfway between what it says and halfway between what you want it to say?" he said.

It is an honor to have a person on the nation's highest court who interprets the U.S. Constitution as it is supposed to be interpreted. I may not agree with every single interpretation he has ever taken, but the man is consistent - and that is admirable. All the Scalia-haters need to wake up and look at a man who doesn't let his moral views cloud his decision-making.

1 comment:

Michael said...

Here's some sweet Scalia action: