Patterico's Pontifications

10/8/2011

Justice Scalia: “Learn to love the gridlock.”

Filed under: General — Karl @ 10:04 am

[Posted by Karl]

It is a shame that Reuters was about the only media outlet to report on this part of this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing:

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday rejected concerns by Americans of a dysfunctional government because of disagreements and difficulty in getting legislation through Congress.

Such complaints escalated earlier this year when Congress squabbled over the debt ceiling while President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate battled with Republican lawmakers, especially in the House of Representatives.

Scalia’s remarks, which you can watch (for the time being) at roughly the 37-minute mark of the Senate’s archived webcast, are worth reading in full.  Scalia begins by noting how little Americans know of their Constitution, even when he speaks to law students who presumably have an interest in it: (more…)


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