Not only was he a good man, but he was also blessed with a superior legal mind. His respect for the rule of law and the spirit as well as the letter of the Constitution made him a great man.
Justice Scalia will be sorely missed, not only by his family and friends, but also by this Republic. He was our bulwark against creeping neo-progressivism.
Who now will hearken to and respect the words and intent of our Founding Fathers, instead of–in their arrogance, narcissism, and ignorance–substituting their own ideology and calling it interpretation of a “living” document?
Let us hope and pray that the remaining justices on the Supreme Court rise to the occasion and honor Justice Scalia’s memory by heeding his words:
A system of government that makes the people subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.
And these words of his as well:
The American people have been converted to belief in The Living Constitution, a ‘morphing” document that means, from age to age, what it ought to mean. And with that conversion has inevitably come the new phenomenon of electing and confirming federal judges, at all levels, on the basis of their views concerning a whole series of proposals for constitutional evolution. If the courts are free to write the Constitution anew, they will, by God, write it the way the majority wants; the appointment and confirmation process will see to that. This, of course, is the end of the Bill of Rights, whose meaning will be committed to the very body it was meant to protect against: the majority. By trying to make the Constitution do everything that needs to be done from age to age, we shall have caused it to do nothing at all.
Who shall decide what the Constitution means? An unelected committee of nine Humpty Dumptys?
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’
‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.’
Which (or who) is to be master? WE THE PEOPLE or a majority (a mere five) of those nine unelected persons known as the Supreme Court?
May Justice Scalia rest in peace.
May his family find comfort in their faith. May they accept our sincere condolences.
A giant has fallen.
Justice Scalia’s body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court in Washington DC on Friday and will be buried Saturday after a funeral Mass.
God bless his soul and may God continue to bless the United States of America.