I always knew Scalia was a polarizing figure, but the hatred toward the man that I have been seeing on social media this week has been disheartening. These comments seem to go beyond just ideological difference.
As a historian, I want my students to understand the “original intent” of the United States Constitution. But I also want them to see that the document is a product of the late-18th century. In other words, it is a product of a very different world than the one we live in today. So I have always been somewhat suspect of the kind of originalist interpretations that Scalia espoused.
But I digress…
I am enjoying some of the stories of Scalia’s humanity being passed along by those who disagreed with him. For example, check out David Axelrod’s story about a conversation with Scalia concerning current Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan.
And now Stephen Colbert has entered the mix: