The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Scalia's day in Bizarroworld

King of reactionary judicial activists Antonin Scalia seems to be in dire need of some gingko-biloba, ASAP.

Al Franken today recounted a run-in he had with Scalia last night, in which the judge claimed that abortion has been outlawed in this country for more than two centuries. Thus a strict constructionist has to be against it. Unfortunately, he's completely wrong. Laws on abortion didn't emerge on any level until after the Civil War, and didn't really pick up steam until the twentieth century.

Now the New York Post quotes Scalia as saying this last night:

"The election was dragged into the courts by the Gore people. We did not go looking for trouble."

Now, anyone who recalls the case knows that, in fact, it was taken to court by "Bush's people."

There's nothing quite as frightening as a marriage between power and supreme self-righteousness.