"The Constitution means what it says and it doesn’t mean what it doesn’t say," warns Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Read on to understand what he means.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unleashed some of his harshest criticism yet for the court in a speech at Santa Clara University. Scalia has long been the most outspoken conservative on the court, but it is clear from his tone that he has never been more concerned about the direction of the Judicial Branch.
"The whole time I have been on my court, it has been a liberal court," Scalia said.
Scalia thinks the fundamental problem lies in the idea of the Constitution as a living document, subject to the whims of whichever justices happen to be minding the court. He disagreed with this position, telling the law students gathered there that the Constitution is a "legal document."
"It means what it says and it doesn’t mean what it doesn’t say," Scalia said in what is surely a contender for Quote of the Year. He questioned whether the American people would have ever supported the Constitution if they had been told that "the meaning of this document shall be whatever a majority of the Supreme Court says it is."
In his long rant against the current state of the court, he predicted that it would bring about no less than the "destruction of our democratic system."
"I cannot imagine the system can continue with more and more of the basic rules made by the Supreme Court," he said.
Just think about what we’re hearing. This is one of the most powerful men in the country telling us that the institution to which he belongs is broken. And we would be foolish not to listen. You can go back to the original Roe v Wade decision, but you don’t even have to. Just look at the decisions that came down this year on gay marriage and Obamacare. In these instances, the court completely abdicated its responsibility to uphold the Constitution. Instead, it became an absolute free-for-all where justices simply voted according to their political ideology.
Is this really the best direction for our country? Are our laws tied to anything more substantial than the whims of public opinion? Actually, no, it’s even worse than that. Our laws actually come down to the whims of these nine justices. And though liberals are quite happy with some of the court’s latest decisions, they should be as disturbed about this direction as anyone else.
But they aren’t. Why? Because liberals want to change this country in ways that we can’t even begin to imagine right now. And the only way they can do that is to propagate this idea that the Constitution is whatever we make of it. Under this fictional umbrella, we can put words in the Founding Father’s mouths. We can interpret what they may have meant, ignoring what they actually said. We can impose our modern-day values on the document, ignoring the fact that the Founders gave us a perfectly good method for changing it.
But no, liberals don’t want to make their changes through any process that would involve taking the temperature of the American public. They just want to do it. Whether it’s through executive order or a Supreme Court decision. They don’t want to change it in a way that gives the public a say. They know better than the public, they know better than the men who created this country, and they know better than you.
Scalia’s warnings will probably fall on deaf ears, and that’s a scary thought. Because this is going to get much worse before it gets… well, there’s no reason to think it will ever get better. Not until we decide to make it so.
God Preserve the United States of America.