Antonin Scalia became a bit of a conservative hero with his dissent in yesterday’s Obamacare ruling, saying his colleagues on the Supreme Court had made so much effort to enforce the President’s health care law that they ought to call it “SCOTUScare.” Scalia also claimed that the court had rewritten the law to make it fit, had performed “somersaults of statutory interpretation,” and that those interpretations were “pure applesauce.”
Today’s written dissent from Scalia made yesterday’s look downright friendly.
Here are the top 5 quotes from his same-sex opinion:
5) Scalia states that today’s decision has diminished “this Court’s reputation for clear thinking and sober analysis.”
4) He claims the opinions by the 5 justices who supported gay marriage were “profoundly incoherent,” citing “hippies” in his rebuttal:
“[T]he opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent. ‘The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.’ (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie. Expression, sure enough, is a freedom, but anyone in a long-lasting marriage will attest that that happy state constricts, rather than expands, what one can prudently say.)
3) Scalia argues that each time the court “takes from the people,” they “move one step closer to being reminded of our impotence.”
2) Claims that had he joined the majority on this decision, he’d have to “hide my head in a bag.” Why? Because “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.”
1) Scalia flat-out blasts the Supreme Court as a “threat to American democracy.”
Scalia clearly will never pull punches when it comes to standing up for the principles and laws that the Supreme Court is supposed to uphold.