Justice Scalia Is Dead: Nation Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

It is common courtesy not to speak ill of the dead. So for those looking for courtesy we ask them to immediately switch to another website.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/antonin-scalia-death.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=span-abc-region&region=span-abc-region&WT.nav=span-abc-region

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today. The United States and the Supreme Court will be much the better for it.

Scalia, you will read, was a brilliant legal scholar. A judge with such fine technical knowledge of the law he could argue his way past the Pearly Gates before God knew he was dead.

He was also the biggest blow-hard, egotist, right-wing bully the court has seen in the past 50 years.

Hands down.

Sure, he was a great family guy, someone who loved to joke around.

But he also wanted to tilt the United States toward his My Way Right Or Wrong. And he got his way on the court. Undermining the rights of normal, everyday citizens and skewing rights toward the uber-wealthy, the already powerful, those who hold power and don’t want to give it up and, worst, those who are more than willing to demand the right to tell others how to live their lives.

So you’ll be reading praise from all corners about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia – recently deceased – because that’s what society does: Praise the recently deceased.

But these United States have been lifted that much higher by the loss of this one whose judgements all too often came down on the wrong side of Real Justice.

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2 thoughts on “Justice Scalia Is Dead: Nation Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

  1. I agree with your estimation. I think many believed Scalia was a great legal mind, when it would be more accurate to say he had great verbal facility, and was a colorful writer. He often entered into cases with his mind already made up, not a hallmark of superior jurists. But his written opinions were entertaining to read, and full of passion. Style can cover a lot of flaws.

    I also think it’s a pretty sweet exit to die in your sleep at 79, with a ton of kids and grandkids. I would be quite happy to go that way.

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    1. Justice Scalia passed away while in Marfa, Texas at one of those secretive, right-wing gatherings on a private ranch. (Remember when VP Cheney shot his friend in the back on a Texas hunting trip? Conservatives should stay away.) Maybe, just maybe, Scalia was on a secretive pilgrimmage to Marfa to visit the late visionary artist Donald Judd’s nearby desert installations? Possibly light a candle at the site where scenes from the film “Giant” were filmed and James Dean, Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson spent time? As we travellers know, Marfa holds many pleasures.

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