” A good, hard-hitting dissent keeps you honest. “


” If we’re picking people to draw out of their own conscience and experience a ‘new’ Constitution, we should not look principally for good lawyers. We should look to people who agree with us. When we are in that mode, you realize we have rendered the Constitution useless. “


” If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That’s flexibility. “


” Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers? “


” What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you’d like it to mean? “


” You could have 50 different states having 50 different regulations… until they were all litigated out. “


” My view is regardless of whether you think prohibiting abortion is good or whether you think prohibiting abortion is bad, regardless of how you come out on that, my only point is the Constitution does not say anything about it. It leaves it up to democratic choice. “


” If you are sentenced to torture for a crime, yes, that is a cruel punishment. But the mere fact that somebody is tortured is – is unlawful under – under our statutes, but the Constitution happens not to address it, just as it does not address a lot of other horrible things. “


” Originalism is sort of subspecies of textualism. Textualism means you are governed by the text. That’s the only thing that is relevant to your decision, not whether the outcome is desirable, not whether legislative history says this or that. But the text of the statute. “


” Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning. “



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A good, hard-hitting dissent keeps you honest.
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If you think aficionados of a living Constitution want to bring you flexibility, think again. You think the death penalty is a good idea? Persuade your fellow citizens to adopt it. You want a right to abortion? Persuade your fellow citizens and enact it. That
Why in the world would you have it interpreted by nine lawyers?
What is a moderate interpretation of the text? Halfway between what it really means and what you
You could have 50 different states having 50 different regulations... until they were all litigated out.
My view is regardless of whether you think prohibiting abortion is good or whether you think prohibiting abortion is bad, regardless of how you come out on that, my only point is the Constitution does not say anything about it. It leaves it up to democratic choice.
If you are sentenced to torture for a crime, yes, that is a cruel punishment. But the mere fact that somebody is tortured is - is unlawful under - under our statutes, but the Constitution happens not to address it, just as it does not address a lot of other horrible things.
Originalism is sort of subspecies of textualism. Textualism means you are governed by the text. That
Originalism says that when you consult the text, you give it the meaning it had when it was adopted, not some later modern meaning.
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