And the Nineteenth Amendment Was a Real Bitch

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Antonin Scalia would prefer that we trim a few branches from the Tree of Liberty:

Scalia called the writing of the Constitution “providential,” and the birth of political science.

“There’s very little that I would change,” he said. “I would change it back to what they wrote, in some respects. The 17th Amendment has changed things enormously.”

That amendment allowed for U.S. Senators to be elected by the people, rather than by individual state legislatures.

“We changed that in a burst of progressivism in 1913, and you can trace the decline of so-called states’ rights throughout the rest of the 20th century. So, don’t mess with the Constitution.”

Scalia joins Louie Gohmert and Glenn Beck in the quest to roll back the ravages of direct democracy, as well as Senator-Elect Doppelgangster. We’ll just note, again, that nobody really cared about this issue until The Sheriff Was Near.

Which, come to think of it, explains Scalia’s “states’ rights” reference.

Scalia, Breyer Spar Over Supreme Court Issues [Fox, via ThinkProgress]

I should have known not to look at the comments on the Fox News site. Massive ugliness and misinformation everywhere you look. I feel dirty.

@Dave H: That, and Sarah Palin coins a new word and her show was a (cable) hit. We’re fucking doomed.

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