Scalia: Supreme Court Is ‘Liberal,’ Destroying ‘Our Democratic System’
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia came out swinging at his own institution Wednesday and declared during a speech at Santa Clara University that the “liberal” court is undermining American democracy.
“It’s the destruction of our democratic system,” Scalia told students at the California college when speaking about how the court reaches its decisions. “I cannot imagine the system can continue with more and more of the basic rules made by the Supreme Court.”
According to SFGate.com, the conservative judge took particular issue with how some of his fellow justices imagine the country is guided by a “living Constitution.” In Scalia’s opinion, this translates to: “the meaning of this document shall be whatever a majority of the Supreme Court says it is.”
Scalia said that the court has been on a “slippery slope” in disregarding the text of the Constitution for nearly a hundred years and “at the bottom of that slope, I can’t imagine how you can go any further, is the right to same-sex marriage.”
He also claimed that, “The whole time I have been on my court, it has been a liberal court.”
Over the last year, Scalia has been outspoken in his opposition to the high-profile majority rulings of the highest court. When the court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states in late June, the 79-year-old justice wrote a scathing dissent.
“The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie,” he said of the decision reached in Obergefell v. Hodges. (RELATED: Read The Highlights From Antonin Scalia’s FACE-MELTING Dissent On Gay Marriage)