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Friday, April 09, 2004

SCALIA: THINK ABOUT THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION, PLEASE
I hate to pile on to all the left-wing rhetoric lately aimed against Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He's a brilliant legal mind, and in any case, Justices should be set apart from the typical muck of politics.

But when he insists on employing such draconian restrictions on reportage about his public speaking engagements, it's hard to get behind him.
"The Constitution of the United States is extraordinary and amazing. People just don't revere it like they used to," Scalia told a full auditorium of high school students, officials, religious leaders.

He said he spends most of his time thinking about the Constitution, calling it "a brilliant piece of work."
I don't think I have to point out the irony at work here. If he truly thinks so much about the Constitution, maybe he should spend extra time thinking about the First Amendment--and as a bonus, actually comprehending what it means.