It's great having a Supreme Court Justice with a sense of humor. Most of them seem sober and thoughtful. Maybe it's the black robes. We should try an experiment, put them in some rainbow robes. Or maybe each one should wear a rainbow color with the Chief Justice in black as a somber reminder that it's a serious business. Way things are going, though, they'll probably start wearing robes that look like NASCAR stockers, with colors matching their primary sponsors and decals and signage for the lesser sponsors.
Thank God for Tony Scalia, though. “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.
Ya'll hear that? "Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion." But isn't the opposite true? Since the Constitution didn't address abortion and restrict them, that's implied by the Constitution to be an individual's right. "Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was a crime in every state," Crazy Tony says. So now he's conflating state law with the Constitution. Fascinating! Tell us more, Crazy Tony! Well, except for Illinois, which changed its law in 1962, so that would be...let's see, 1776 plus 200 = 1976...um, a little less than 200, but what are details to Crazy Tony?
What's that Consitution say about corporate personhood, Crazy Tony? Where is that spelled out? You say you know what they were saying and what they meant. Most people don't see corporations mentioned in the Constitution. Doesn't that make it easy?
Crazy Tony didn't talk about minority rights. Blacks were slaves then. What do you think about that, Tony? What of women's rights? Minority rights?
And hell, let's see what it says in the Constitution about unlimited campaign spending and secret donations. Why, there's nothing there, so it's all good! Except those pesky states that passed laws against them...wouldn't that be the same as state laws against sodomy, Tony? If states made such campaign donations illegal, then come on, doesn't that make it easy?
Hell, the Constitution didn't address executive signing orders, either, nor executive privilege. Come on, Crazy Tony, where's your outrage?
Yes, it would all be absolutely easy if you applied the same logic to every situation, but you manage to mangle it all, Crazy Tony. See, in Crazy Tony's sweet world, corporations and people can give as much money as they want because money is speech and the Constitution protects freedom of expression, including speech. And if you want to change that, pass a law. But the law Congress passed 65 years ago, banning corporation donations to political campaigns, is against the Constitution, and is therefore illegal. But women can't be protected under the 14th Amendment because they weren't mentioned in the Constitution.
My God, that's one twisted thinker.
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