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.
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.
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.