Do we have a government of law or of man? Can we trust our laws? Is it possible that our federal government will turn against Americans again? U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently suggested that Americans must remain vigilant and not simply trust our laws to provide protection for us.
Justice Scalia used the experience of Japanese-Americans during World War II to prove his point. After the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government violated the rights of Japanese-Americans and forced them into internment camps. Justice Antonin Scalia told law students at the University of Hawaii that it could happen again. According to Scalia, something similar could happen again today even though the Supreme Court was wrong to approve putting Japanese-Americans in internment camps.
Justice Scalia told the law students that the 1944 decision “was wrong. And I think we have repudiated in a later case. But you are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again….
“That’s what was going on – the panic about the war and the invasion of the Pacific and what not. That’s what happens. It was wrong, but I would not be surprised to see it happen again, in time of war. It’s no justification, but it is the reality.”
One way Americans can stay alert is to study history. “We’ve got to learn from this because we’re about to repeat it again.” (Miracles and Massacres). Glenn Beck recently reminded his listeners “And we gave evidence…. We’re starting to do it again. I know when I say it, it’s crazy. And I’m sure because Scalia is crazy and a warmonger or whatever he is, I’m sure it’s going to be called crazy too. But does it not wake anybody new up?”
“The danger Justice Scalia discusses is not simply a big government, progressive problem; it is an inherent problem with human nature. Whether you look back in history to the slavery debate and Manifest Destiny or look at today’s conversations about abortion, human nature hasn’t changed.
“[It’s the feeling of] `we know we’re right, and if you don’t agree with us, there’s no place for you.’ That’s why Scalia is saying it’s going to happen again. Because human nature doesn’t change. I’m sorry. The progressives are wrong. Man does not progress. Every human starts with the same problems, the same flaws. We don’t progress past that. We have that in our basic nature. And it is for each individual to conquer that. And so you have to conquer it over and over and over and over again.”