Skip to comments.A Man of Influence (book review of Antonin Scalia biography)
Posted on 01/02/2010 4:55:31 AM PST by reaganaut1
Love him or hate him, Antonin Scalia has had a greater influence on the way Americans debate the law today than any other modern Supreme Court justice. Conservatives hail Scalia as the founding prophet of their true faith the Jurisprudence of Original Understanding and the leader of the opposition to moral relativism and judicial imperialism in the age of Obama. [...] Its hard to write a fair-minded biography of such a polarizing figure, but thats what Joan Biskupic has done with American Original.
On the court, Scalia has shown a disdain for elites that keeps him not only in the Dick Cheney but also the Sarah Palin wing of the Republican Party. He is nostalgic for a 1950s world that he believes the court is dismantling in front of his eyes. But in addition to being nostalgic, Scalia can also be bitter. As the grandson of an Italian factory worker, Scalia has said repeatedly that he empathized not with African-American beneficiaries of affirmative action but with the Polish factory workers kid who lost a job or a university slot because of reverse discrimination; as a Supreme Court justice, he has written a series of decisions striking down affirmative action. You have to be prepared to be regarded as idiots by sophisticated, modern society, he told Biskupic in explaining his 1996 speech urging a Christian audience to pray for the courage to endure the scorn of the worldly wise, who dont believe in miracles and the resurrection of the dead. And he also told Biskupic how much he lamented the decline of the recreational hunting culture of his youth. He then wrote a 5-4 decision declaring the right to bear arms to be a fundamental, individual right.
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It must have lasted at least an hour and was fascinating to listen to while I prepared Christmas dinner.
You can watch it Here on the web. Highly recommended for anyone with a geeky interest in the courts.
There is nothing wrong with having one's personal views also match with those of the founders.
I greatly admire Justice Scalia, may we have many more like him sit and rule on our highest court.
My favorite show on TV, especially enjoyed that interview. Hope he doesn’t go hunting with Cheney anytime soon!
Thanks for the link. A fascinating interview.
Tell me more. What is this reference?
The Raich ruling was 6-3. Scalia and the libs against the 3 other conservatives. Thomas wrote the dissent. To me, it demonstrates that Scalia is quite capable of outcome-based jurisprudence, whereas Thomas, imo, is much more likely to support limited power of national gubmint, regardless of the issue.
Both Wickard and Raich are available online. Just google em.