Scalia, Bachmann's Bard

Last week in an interview with Politico, Michelle Bachmann said this: "For me, reading a Scalia dissent is like listening to a beautiful sonnet. I love it. It’s a pleasure to read."

A beautiful sonnet? You be the judge. I've made an Elizabethan sonnet of Scalia's dissent in the recent decision giving Guantanamo detainees the right to appeal their detention in U.S. courts. The words are all his. The title is taken from the conclusion of Scalia's opinion, where he writes: "The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent."

I Dissent, by Antonin Scalia

Today, for the first time in our history,
The court confers rights to alien enemies
Detained abroad by our military--
The intervention is ultra vires.
America is at war
With radical Islamists
Today's opinion will make the war
Harder on us.
Prisoners hitherto released
Return to the kill but it does not matter--
Another former detainee
Resumed his post as a Taliban commander.
The court today decrees
An inflated notion of supremacy.

What does Bachmann's bard have to say about his lyrical brand of dissent? "Who do you think I’m writing my dissents for? I’m writing for the next generation," Scalia told the Wall Street Journal in a recent interview. "Dissents are just good."


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