Originalism was Justice Antonin Scalia’s main mode of constitutional interpretation. He believed that our constitution is dead, not living and evolving, as some believe. Scalia firmly believed that the Constitution should be interpreted in the same manner in which it was reasonably understood to mean when it was adopted. The late Supreme Court Justice Scalia continued to hold the belief that the meaning of the Constitution should not change from its original meaning through all of his political decisions. Scalia was very adamant that the interpretation was to be taken from the original meaning that the general public understood it to signify when it was adopted, regardless of any other underlying meanings that the framers may have wanted or intended.
I particularly like Justice Scalia’s own explanation of his theory of interpreting the Constitution, in which he said:
The theory of originalism treats a constitution like a statute, and gives it the meaning that its words were understood to bear at the time they were promulgated… If you are a textualist, you don’t care about the intent, and I don’t care if the framers of the Constitution had some secret meaning in mind when they adopted its words. I take the words as they…show more content… Moreover, Scalia maintained a consistent interpretation of the Constitution, making him a very predictable Supreme Court Justice. He admitted that originalism is not a perfect mode of interpretation, but that compared to other modes it was the best and most consistent. Scalia gained respect from many people, even those who did not agree with his conclusions, because of his consistency. Although Scalia has died and therefore no longer on the Supreme Court, I am sure that, his words and professed mode of constitutional interpretation will continue to make an impact on the Court’s decisions for years to