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Scalia wants Americans to 'love' gridlock

FILE - In this April 7, 2008 file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia speaks the Roger Williams University law school in Bristol, R.I. To the casual observer, Justice Scalia seems an old-fashioned sort who is devoted to the Constitution's original meaning, prefers the Roman Catholic Mass in Latin and opposes TV cameras in the Supreme Court. But the 74-year-old Scalia wants it known that he owns an iPod and an iPad and does so much work on his computer that he "can hardly write in longhand anymore." (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Many people blame Congress because they "can't seem to get anything done." Justice Antonin Scalia says that's one of Congress' best attributes.

Americans “should learn to love gridlock,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, according to the LA Times. “The framers would say, yes, ‘That’s exactly the way we set it up. We wanted power contradicting power (to prevent) an excess of legislation.'"

If people understood the Constitution, they would "learn to love the separation of powers, which means learning to love gridlock, which the framers believed would be the main protection of minorities," he said.

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