Dinesh D’Souza joined Judge Jeanine Pirro February 13 on Justice with Judge Jeanine to discuss the shocking death of intellectual giant Antonin Scalia:
“Scalia had a very elastic mind and was able to look at different ways in which we read a text, not just in terms of what the author intended, but also in terms of what the text actually says.”
“Scalia was the intellectual giant on the Court, and perhaps the most eloquent Supreme Court Justice going back all the way to the early part of the 20th century. History will see him as a luminous figure.”
Explaining Scalia’s unique brand of originalism, D’Souza said:
“Scalia’s originalism was different than, for example, the originalism of Judge Bork. Bork would talk about reading the Constitution in the light of the Framers. And one of the things that Scalia would point out is that the intention of the Framers is sometimes opaque or contradictory. When you’re reading a sonnet by Shakespeare, you may not know what Shakespeare intended to say, but what you do have is the sonnet itself. And by looking at the poem, you can excavate what it actually means.”
D’Souza expressed fear over the future of the Court:
“When I got the news of Scalia’s death, I felt a sense of deep sorrow, and also a chill of fear down my spine. The Supreme Court has been so precariously balanced. It’s been very frustrating for us as conservatives that the Democrats can depend, almost with euclidean certitude, on their guys.”
Now, more than ever, D’Souza argued, is the time for Congress to assert its authority:
“We have a president who has shown a willingness to skirt the law with immigration, with the Defense of Marriage Act, and with Obamacare. We need a Supreme Court that is going to stand up for constitutionalism at this point in our history.”
“I think it’s important for the Republican Congress to signal very clearly to Obama that any nominee that he puts forward on the left is essentially dead on arrival. That forces upon Obama the choice of either pushing forward and going up in flames, or trying to come up with a unifying nominee that would actually help to bring the country together.”
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