Everyone has that one relative. Maybe it’s a crazy, old aunt or a racist grandfather or a drunk uncle. She says embarrassing things at family dinners and really probably shouldn’t be driving anymore. He complains loudly about those “wetbacks across the street”* and claims the government faked the moon landing. You know who I’m talking about.
It’s Antonin Scalia!
When he’s not dismantling the Civil Rights Act or saying that anti-gay laws are equal to laws banning murder or beastiality, he’s making crazy claims about the Holocaust at the Utah Bar Association 2013 convention.
Scalia opened his talk with a reference to the Holocaust, which happened to occur in a society that was, at the time, “the most advanced country in the world.” One of the many mistakes that Germany made in the 1930s was that judges began to interpret the law in ways that reflected “the spirit of the age.” When judges accept this sort of moral authority, as Scalia claims they’re doing now in the U.S., they get themselves and society into trouble.
Yes, that was the problem. Sure. The “most advanced country in the world” (HAH!) had a problem with activist judges, not with, oh, I don’t know, a power hungry, anti-semitic zealot who seized power and convinced an entire country to take over the world and imprison nine million Jewish men, women, and children, roughly six million of whom were murdered.
But the activist judges! That was the real problem. They were misinterpreting all the laws.
That darn Hitler. If it wasn’t for those pesky judges, he would’ve gotten away with it too. Wait. That’s not right.
Anyone else think it’s time to take away Uncle Scalia’s keys? At some point, it’s gotta be illegal to drive or talk while acting like a complete asshole.
Also, term limits for the Supreme Court isn’t such a bad idea either.
*Direct quote from my own crazy, racist aunt.