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Rhetorical Analysis Of Antonin Scalia's America

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Antonin Scalia’s America Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 5, 2011, the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Antonin Scalia expressed his conception of American exceptionalism. Based on the perspective of an originalist, Scalia believes that judges should strictly adhere to the Constitution. He utilizes a chauvinistic tone in order to effectively characterize the United States as an exceptional country built upon a gridlock of laws through the separation of powers. Scalia’s influential speech compels opposing judges to adopt his conservative ideals. During his opening statement, Scalia employs rhetorical questions in order to elucidate that Americans’ lack of knowledge of the government forces judges to firmly abide by the United States’ unparalleled Constitution. He postulates, “How many of you have read the Federalist Papers?” The reality that “never more than about 5%” of his audience, who are “interested in the law,” has delved deep into the document portrays them as ignorant. With this concern, Scalia expounds upon his originalist ideals and encourages rivaling judges to alter their opinions of a flexible Constitution. Scalia credits his argument through the Framers who illustrated the significance of the Constitution in the Federalist Papers. Due to the fact that Americans are incapable of thoroughly interpreting the government, he attests that judges must abide by the precise words of the Constitution. Scalia advises his audience to
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