Thursday, June 26, 2003

Fat Tony just blew my mind

Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia signed on to this travesty in 2000:

None are more conscious of the vital limits on judicial authority than are the members of this Court, and none stand more in admiration of the Constitution’s design to leave the selection of the President to the people, through their legislatures, and to the political sphere. When contending parties invoke the process of the courts, however, it becomes our unsought responsibility to resolve the federal and constitutional issues the judicial system has been forced to confront.

Basically, what's being said here is that, "Boy, it'd be great if we could leave everything up to the Constitution and the people, but, sometimes, when we're asked, we just gotta step in."

Of course, that's only when the ruling goes the way Fat Tony wants, otherwise, he gets all pissy.

Today's opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct...

But persuading one's fellow citizens is one thing, and imposing one's views in absence of democratic majority will is something else. (Link via TBogg)

And, even if he could reconcile the fact that, on one hand he's saying that the court's "gotta do what it's gotta do" and on the other he's saying that the court "ought to keep its goddamn nose out of places where it doesn't belong", then the question remains: What the hell right does a state have to turn "moral opprobrium" into law?

He might want to reconsider the whole "imposing one's views in absence of democratic majority" thing, too...

P.S.: The Daily Kos has an excellent post, though, which points out that Scalia, in bitching about the decision, hands gays an argument which says this case is the precedent by which they will gain the right to marry. Thanks, Fat Tony.

I think Jim should brace himself for some more calls.


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