What Justic Antonin Scalia Taught Us

The Daily Signal had some great posts yesterday about the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — here they are with their titles and excerpts, followed by one from the Independent Journal:

[UPDATE: Nicole Fisher at The Federalist lists more Scalia quotes here: “15 Of Antonin Scalia’s Best Lines.”]

What Scalia Taught Us
Antonin Gregory Scalia has died. For some, it is the painful loss of a husband or father. For those who knew him, it is the loss of a good friend. For law students, it is the loss of a justice who wrote opinions with rigorous analysis, clarity of expression, and at times an acerbic wit.

Top 9 Quotes From Justice Scalia’s Scathing Dissent in King v. Burwell
Justice Antonin Scalia is known for his sharp wit and even sharper pen. He pulled no punches in his dissent from the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, allowing Obamacare subsidies to flow through the federal exchange.

9 Zingers From the Sharp Mind of Justice Antonin Scalia
“It is one of the unhappy incidents of the federal system that a self-righteous Supreme Court, acting on its members’ personal view of what would make a ‘more perfect Union’ (a criterion only slightly more restrictive than a ‘more perfect world’) can impose its own favored social and economic dispositions nationwide.” (Dissent, United States v. Virginia, 1996.)

Supreme Court Justice Scalia: Constitution, Not Bill of Rights, Makes Us Free
To hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia tell it, America’s freedoms don’t come from freedom of speech or freedom of the press. It’s not the right to bear arms that keeps us free, nor is it the right to “be secure … against unreasonable search and seizure” or to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.”

Republicans, Obama Already Clashing Over Scalia’s Replacement
The fight over who should fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court broke out quickly after the justice’s death Saturday. Both parties wasted little time marking the battle lines for a clash that could continue until President Barack Obama leaves office.

20 Quotes from Late Justice Antonin Scalia Will Make You Miss Him Even More
On Constitutional Flexibility: That’s the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break. But you would have to be an idiot to believe that. The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.

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