Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia calims that his interpretation of the Constitution on some of biggest issues of our time will make them among the easiest to resolve as they come before the Court.
Scalia calls himself a "textualist" and, as he related to a few hundred people who came to buy his new book and hear him speak in Washington the other day, that means he applies the words in the Constitution as they were understood by the people who wrote and adopted them.
So Scalia parts company with former colleagues who have come to believe capital punishment is unconstitutional. The framers of the Constitution didn't think so and neither does he.
"The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state," Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute.
Scalia said that citizens should look to lawmakers on these issues if they want them changed and if they were looking to to advocate for abortion rights or end the death penalty, they should be looking at an amendment to the Constitution.
However, he warned that it is hard to get 38 states to ratify the amendment in order for it to take effect. He said that it only took less than 2% of the U.S. population, residing in 13 of the least populous states to stop an amendment.
He then gave this advice when it comes to how the internal workings of the Supreme Court:
"Look it, do not believe anything you read about the internal workings of the Supreme Court. It is either a lie because the press knows we won't respond — they can say whatever they like and we won't respond — or else it's based on information from someone who has violated his oath of confidentiality, that is to say, a non-reliable source. So one way or another it is not worthy of belief."
"We can disagree with one another on the law without taking it personally."
Well we knew that Scalia was pretty straightforward on this matter. The concern now on these matters is in the three liberal judges and now even Justice Roberts is in question, after his ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I won't presume to guess what the Supreme Court will do, seeing as Justice Scalia has already spoken to that issue.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.