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2/15/2006

Scalia goes after arguments for "living Constitution"

In 2005, Scalia made a similar statement:

People who believe the Constitution would break if it didn't change with society are "idiots," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says.

In a speech Monday sponsored by the conservative Federalist Society, Scalia defended his long-held belief in sticking to the plain text of the Constitution "as it was originally written and intended." . . .


There is some shock and outrage over Scalia's language, and AOL has even taken to running a poll that was sent to me and can be found here. His points seem reasonable to me and the large majority of people voting on this online poll.

In 2005, Scalia made a similar statement:

"If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again," Scalia told an audience at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a Washington think tank. "You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That's flexibility." . . .

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