so says Justice Antonin Scalia upon questioning about the 2000 election here in the hotbed of a stolen election in Palm Beach County. It is not the first time Scalia has offered this response; however, I don't believe he has ever offered it here at home, where the 2000 election crisis began (but certainly didn't end).
Eight years after he and four of his U.S. Supreme Court colleagues effectively decided the 2000 presidential election, Justice Antonin Scalia visited this hotbed of recount passion Tuesday and was asked to reflect on the momentous Bush vs. Gore decision.
"My response to that is always: Get over it," Scalia told a packed Forum Club of the Palm Beaches luncheon.
It is true, it took me a while to "get over it", but it wasn't because I forgot, it was just that there wasn't anything left a person could do. I always questioned the legitimacy of George W. Bush as the 43rd President of the USA, and it started in my own county...
I have searched for that December 9, 2000 concurring Scalia opinion to stop the recount until a full court action, and have been unable to immediately locate it, but here is a snip of his opinion at that time...
Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, writes that "the counting of votes that are of questionable legality does in my view threaten irreparable harm to petitioner, and to the country, by casting a cloud upon what he claims to be the legitimacy of his election. Count first, and rule upon legality afterwards, is not a recipe for producing election results that have the public acceptance democratic stability requires." (Bush v. Gore)
Ok, I know this is old news, but Scalia visiting here, in Palm Beach County now, and responding as he did where the wound has barely healed, after 8 long years, is like tearing into the wound again. Everyday, since January 20, 2009, when I hear media say the words "the President", I have to remind myself they are talking about Barack Obama.
I have to remind myself that 8 years of nightmares, that began with an illegitimate presidency, and steadily became worse, are finally over, but I am not sure I will ever fully "get over it". We not only had an illegal war, we had illegal torture, illegal rendition, illegal spying, illegal circumvention of constitutional rights, illegal no-bid contracts, and utter incompetency day in and day out.
We are left with two wars, an economy in shambles, huge deficits, huge debt, huge corruption scandals, and now finally a truly elected President that is seeming being outmaneuvered (at least 2 weeks into the game). It almost seems as though not only the Republican insiders in DC want Obama to fail, but so do the Democrats. It is not exactly how I thought things would proceed, and I am trying to be patient.
In the meanwhile, Scalia visited here today, and I am not pleased. It appears that he was called out by a member of the audience, not about 2000) but his real purpose in appearance....
Alternating between earthiness and erudition, Scalia laid out his "originalist" approach to the Constitution during a 40-minute speech, mixed it up with audience members in a question-and-answer session, then promoted his recent book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.
The book promotion led Florida Atlantic University student Sarah Jeck to ask Scalia if the Supreme Court's opposition to having its proceedings televised was "vitiated" by, among other things, "Supreme Court justices going out on book tours."
Her question drew laughter and applause from the crowd of about 730, but Scalia wasn't amused.
"That's a nasty, impolite question," Scalia said before moving on to another query.
Oddly, one would believe that Scalia telling us to "get over it" when he assisted in the biggest heist of the 21st century, that of the stealing of the US Presidency, was a nasty impolite action...