PONCE, Puerto Rico Feb 14, 2006 (AP)â€” 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.”
“Scalia does have a philosophy, it’s called originalism,” he said. “That’s what prevents him from doing the things he would like to do,” he told more than 100 politicians and lawyers from this U.S. island territory.
According to his judicial philosophy, he said, there can be no room for personal, political or religious beliefs.
Scalia criticized those who believe in what he called the “living Constitution.”
“That’s the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break.”
“But you would have to be an idiot to believe that,” Scalia said. “The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.”
I suppose that I am one of those idiots who believes that as smart as the Framers were they could not foresee every situation. Or maybe I am just confused because the Framers established a system for amending the Constitution.
Call me crazy but to me that is indicative of an intent and understanding on the part of the Framers that there might be legitimate reasons to amend and adjust, such as the 14th amendment.
Just one more reason why I hope he takes his tired POV and retires.