Justice Antonin Scalia passed away last weekend at the age of 79. His conservative view of the Constitution resulted in Progressives demonizing him. Irrespective of this, Scalia, a graduate of Harvard Law School, was an eminent Constitutional scholar, believing in a strict interpretation of this document.
Almost immediately Scalia’s death became a political issue. President Obama wasted no time announcing he would nominate a replacement. Not to be outdone by this precipitous move, Republicans announced they wouldn’t even consider an Obama nominee, stating that they should be left to the next president.
Republicans in the Senate have the numbers and ability to keep an Obama nominee from being confirmed. It is therefore hard to imagine why they would respond so ineptly to the Obama challenge.
Obama and his Leftist allies claim foul of the Republicans obstructionist behavior. However, it was not too long ago when then Senator Obama took a similar approach with the George W. Bush nominee, Alito. When confronted with this duplicative behavior at a recent press conference, Obama responded with a rather comical two-step stating (video posted below): “I think what’s fair to say is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party. This has become just one more extension of politics. ….” Translation, the Democrats current whining is but crocodile tears.
Irrespective of the current political maneuvering, Antonin Scalia will go down in history as a legal scholar and fine jurist. In honor of the man, we post some of his memorable quotes below.
Constitution – “That’s the argument of flexibility and it goes something like this: The Constitution is over 200 years old and societies change. It has to change with society, like a living organism, or it will become brittle and break. But you would have to be an idiot to believe that. The Constitution is not a living organism, it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things.” (National Review)
Bill of Rights – A Bill of Rights that means what the majority wants it to mean is worthless. (Star-Telegram)
Death Penalty – This is an execution, not surgery. Where does that come from, that you must find the method of execution that causes the least pain? We have approved electrocution. We have approved death by firing squad. (Student News Daily)
2nd Amendment – Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct. (ABC News)
Appointed Judges – As long as judges tinker with the Constitution to ‘do what the people want,’ instead of what the document actually commands, politicians who pick and confirm new federal judges will naturally want only those who agree with them politically. (LA Times)
Democracy – Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society. (New York Times)
Good Judge – If you’re going to be a good and faithful judge, you have to resign yourself to the fact that you’re not always going to like the conclusions you reach. If you like them all the time, you’re probably doing something wrong. (Romper)