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Justice Antonin Scalia on Charlie Rose

I just saw an interesting interview of conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with Charlie Rose.  In the 56-minute interview Scalia discusses his judicial philosophy, originalism, and how it applies in a number of cases and often leads to judicial outcomes that he finds undesirable but required by the Constitution.

Other topics of interest covered in the interview include Bush v. Gore and Scalia’s friendship with Justice Ginsberg, with whom he shares a fondness for opera.

Happy Constitution Day!

Today, September 17th, is Constitution Day in the United States. On this date in 1787 the Constitutional Convention–or, at least, 39 of the 55 delegates–signed the United States Constitution. It was ratified in June of the following year.

I’m often surprised at how much “we the people” seem to not know about our own constitution. Considering the importance that it has in the span of human history, this seems inexcusable to me. So, here’s a link to the document. If you’re an American it’s your Constitution; go and read it.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Wikipedia also has a nice series of articles on the document.  Check them out here.  Go and learn more about what our Constitution says, what it is, how it works, and how it has evolved over time.  It’s important.