Jones 1 Randon Jones Political Science 102 Mr. Miller February 24, 2014 1,101Words Views of The Constitution How should the United States Constitution be viewed? Should all of its content be seen and administered on a literal basis or should it be adapted and revised depending on the time and circumstance? Both Justice Antonin Scalia, in his essay “ Originalism: The Lesser Evil ” and for- mer Justice William Brennan, in his presentation “ The Constitution of the United States: Contem- porary Ratification ” , give their differing opinions on how the Constitution should be used and revised when it comes to U.S. law. Scalia is what would be referred to as an Originalist, meaning he views the original Constitution as absolute law and sees no need for revision. He believes that the Constitution needs to be applied correctly and efficiently to modern day but not changed. Brennan on the other hand sees a need for Constant revision and change when it comes to the U.S. Constitution as both time and situations are ever changing and are much different from the time of the Constitutions original publication and signing. According to Linda Greenhouse in her book The U.S. Supreme Court A very Short Intro- duction “ The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish ” (1). The Supreme court holds Justices and these Justices possess the power and responsibility to
Jones 2 administer judicial law and oversee cases involvement with federal law. Both Scalia and Brennan are and were Justices of the Supreme Court granting them the above responsibilities.
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