Justice Scalia: Right of Parents to Direct Child’s Education Protected Under 9th Amendment

Justice Antonin Scalia official painting by Nelson Shanks

This interactive with Justice Scalia is a must see. This is not just some boring law lecture. Scalia is funny, charismatic, entertaining and a straight up genius. It is easy to see why even leftists on the Court adored him. 

Justice Scalia explains the difference between the interpretation of “an enduring Constitution” as opposed to “an evolving Constitution.”

Do you really want nine Harvard lawyers who have been there too long deciding your great societal issues for you? If you have any sense at all than you don’t. This is what democracy, Congress and State Legislatures are for explains the legendary Justice.

Scalia explains why “Originalism” is the only honest way to interpret the law.  He also explains why he likes to go along with precedent unless such precedent asks him to be a legislator or a sociologist. He also explains the difference he and Justice Thomas have in applying originalism. 

Worth noting about 37 minutes into the video, Justice Scalia explains what rights are clearly intended to fall under the 9th Amendment protection: 

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Any rights not specifically addressed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, such as the right of a parent to direct their child’s education (a right that is under direct assault by the Democratic Party right now) and other rights that fall under common sense “Natural Law.”

If you would like to see more of Justice Scalia in action the following is also enlightening and entertaining. 

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