Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Mr. Justice Antonin Scalia on the principle that has animated his entire career: interpreting the Constitution according to its original meaning.
“The originalist has easy answers for many things, especially the most controversial things in modern times. [Does] the equal protection clause require that states permit same sex marriage? That is not a hard question for an originalist. Nobody ever thought that is what the equal protection clause meant….[Is there] a right to abortion? For Pete’s sake, it was criminal in every state for 200 years….
“So I have easy answers to a lot of stuff. Whereas, for the ‘living constitutionalist,’ there are no answers.”
Justice Scalia on the only right way for a Supreme Court justice to do his job. To watch in full, click here.