Now buffoonish Scalia should be impeached

info@islandpacket.comDecember 17, 2012 

Justice Antonin Scalia is no longer fit to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. As others have pointed out, he has lost all sense of impartiality, shifting into AM radio host mode with his judicial non sequiturs and embarrassing public statements.

For example, in the decision involving Arizona's immigration law, he criticized President Barack Obama for an action he took that was not remotely connected to the legal issue at hand; Scalia just didn't like it.

In another example, Scalia defended his lumping homosexuality in with murder, bestiality, etc., by saying: "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against these other things?"

Philosophers have a technical term for this: the yuck factor. Scalia believes that if a majority of people find something yucky, they can ban it in society, be it the eating of broccoli or whatever, on no other grounds than they don't personally like it. He does not understand that we have solid reasons for banning, say, murder; for one thing, it cuts short the life of someone who did not want to have his life ended, and by doing so affects others as well.

If Scalia won't step down, he should be removed by impeachment. The House, though, goes only after Democrats who dally with adult interns. Besmirching the Supreme Court and constitutional principles won't get the present House majority to act for they identify the now buffoonish Scalia as one with them.

David D. Peterson

Port Royal

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