The Supreme Court of the United States lost an Associate Justice on February 13th of this year. Antonin Scalia was appointed to the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. During his time in the Supreme Court, Scalia was known as an anchor of its conservative wing. On this episode of Beer & Bros., Dan and Lyle talk about Justice Scalia’s time with the Supreme Court as well as a few anecdotal stories about his time as a college professor. Click the play button and give it a listen.
Before the hosts got into the discussion, Dan explained that this topic was planned for the previous week, but a strong storm and tornado activity prevented him from recording. Several houses, townhomes, and businesses sustained damage, though only 3 people were injured. Lucky day.
In his 30 years on the Supreme Court, Scalia was a leading conservative, following the letter of the constitution. He was an advocate of the power of the executive branch and believed the office of the president should have ultimate power in many cases. He has been labeled a racist by many for his views on affirmative action and other policies which treated minorities as special groups.
In 1994 he wrote “To pursue the concept of racial entitlement—even for the most admirable and benign of purposes—is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American.”
We discuss Scalia, his views, the Supreme Court, and Lyle draws a comparison between the Constitution and the Bible.