From Scalia, whose loss as the Last Conservative Justice is going to affect us for decades to come, and will do direct and quantifiable harm to the former Republic:
“[A] platitude I want discuss comes in many flavors. It can be variously delivered as, ‘Follow your star,’ or ‘Never compromise your principles.’ Or, quoting Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ — who people forget was supposed to be an idiot — ‘To thine ownself be true.’ Now this can be very good or very bad advice. Indeed, follow your star if you want to head north and it’s the North Star. But if you want to head north and it’s Mars, you had better follow somebody else’s star.
“And indeed, to thine ownself be true, depending upon who you think you are. It’s a belief that seems particularly to beset modern society, that believing deeply in something, and following that belief, is the most important thing a person could do. Get out there and picket, or boycott, or electioneer, or whatever. I am here to tell you that it is much less important how committed you are, than what you are committed to. If I had to choose, I would always take the less dynamic, indeed even the lazy person who knows what’s right, than the zealot in the cause of error. He may move slower, but he’s headed in the right direction.
“Movement is not necessarily progress. More important than your obligation to follow your conscience, or at least prior to it, is your obligation to form your conscience correctly. Nobody — remember this — neither Hitler, nor Lenin, nor any despot you could name, ever came forward with a proposal that read, ‘Now, let’s create a really oppressive and evil society.’ Hitler said, ‘Let’s take the means necessary to restore our national pride and civic order.’ And Lenin said, ‘Let’s take the means necessary to assure a fair distribution of the goods of the world.’
“In short, it is your responsibility, men and women of the class of 2010, not just to be zealous in the pursuit of your ideals, but to be sure that your ideals are the right ones. That is perhaps the hardest part of being a good human being: Good intentions are not enough. Being a good person begins with being a wise person. Then, when you follow your conscience, will you be headed in the right direction.”
A point that the Left will never, ever grasp, or even bother themselves much with.
Now let’s all sit back and enjoy the spectacle of Obama’s search for the most radical GTLBTVTSXQ39GAU8 communist he can find to nominate, while Senate Republicans blather about how “unacceptable” he/she/it is just before gentlemanly bowing to “tradition” and confirming he/she/it to the Supreme Court, with a handful of votes in dissent and three abstentions.
Update! Yep. This right here:
If Trump has a lick of sense, when tonight’s debate begins in five minutes (as I write this) his opening statement will be as follows:
“Ladies and gentlemen, and fellow candidates: All of us are seeking the privilege of representing the GOP as its nominee. Politics must take a back seat while we acknowledge and memorialize the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Justices I most respected for his adherence to, and support of, the US Constitution, and the liberties of the American people.
“Now, at the moment I am leading in the polls, and my compatriot Senator Ted Cruz, is in second place. One of us will likely be the next President of the United States. If it turns out that I am the nominee, I pledge to you know that my very first deed upon taking office as President will be to nominate Senator Cruz to fill the vacancy created by Justice Scalia’s death.
“I can think of no more appropriate way to remember, and honor, Justice Scalia, than by continuing the tradition of constitutional jurisprudence and appointing the man I feel is most suited to maintaining, and even improving, on Justice Scalia’s great work.
From Bill’s mouth to God’s ears–but not Trump’s, I guess, because unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Too bad.
And for the nuts and bolts.
Some rumors: Barack Obama will try to immediately insert some commie on the Supreme Court via a recess appointment, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Technically, congress is apparently in recess. I hope that the Senate, at least, has either already taken precautions, or will do so immediately, to head off such a dastardly, but entirely expected, stratagem.
Majority Leader McConnell has already announced that any Obama appointee is dead on arrival, and no votes on any such appointment will be scheduled until after the elections have been decided.
This is as it should be. The American people should have a great deal of input into an appointment as critical as this one, and this election gives them the opportunity to have that input. For those who blabber that we shouldn’t “politicize” so solemn an undertaking, well, that’s what politics is all about, and nothing has greater political effect these days than the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court.
Of course, I have to note that Sen. McConnell is a remarkable frail reed upon which to pin any hopes for backbone, or the ability to resist the blandishments (and threats) of President Obama, his Senate Democrat enablers, and the DNC media, which will all launch massive propaganda campaigns designed to force him to permit the Obama nominee to be seated on the court.
Time will tell. Senator Mike Lee, on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has also proclaimed such an appointment as DOA, so that is reassuring – moreso, at least, than McConnell’s promises have often shown themselves to be.
All of it dead on, I think, but we ought to all be paying more attention to the first part: if he begins to think that–for some reason, and for the first time–Senate Republicans will effectively resist his inevitably godawful nominee, Obama assuredly WILL move forward with a recess appointment just as quick as he thinks he can get away with it, thereby cementing his Leftist counter-revolutionary legacy.
And don’t give me any of that delusional guff about what the reprobate “can’t” or “wouldn’t dare” do–at the risk of insulting a great man, Barrack Hussein’s “name might be Audacity,” and all such wishful thinking has been blown to smithereens by his boundless gall every time it’s been proposed.
Really, it all comes down to this:
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t merely mark a tragedy for Constitutional philosophy – it may mark the death of American Constitutionalism as a whole.
Scalia’s philosophy of jurisprudence is well-known and shaped two generations of conservative thinkers: the Constitution ought to be interpreted according to its original meaning. This shouldn’t have been a groundbreaking notion given that most legislation is interpreted according to those rules, but because leftist jurists have spent a century chiseling away at the meaning of the Constitution based on their personal political beliefs, Scalia’s reinvigoration of traditional interpretive methodologies made him a historic figure. Scalia’s brilliant, passionate writing style made him author of some of the most famous dissents in Supreme Court history, and channeled the modern conservative frustration with the continuing abandonment of the Constitution.
In the end, Scalia’s death could mark the end of the Constitution itself. That’s because the current Supreme Court rested, until Scalia’s death, on the vague, confused, indeterminate philosophy of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who apparently decides cases on the basis of whether he has a solid bowel movement that morning. That means that half the time, the Constitution has a shot, as in Citizens United; the other half of the time, the Constitution drains away into the mists of Kennedy’s magical social justice thinking, as in Obergefell.
It’s a sad commentary on the state of conservative politics that the only thing standing between the United States and the death of its founding document was a brilliant 79-year-old jurist. But unless Republicans stand up on their hind legs now, that will certainly be the case.
I strongly suggest nobody be holding their breath waiting for that. As for the death of the Constitution, that happened a long time ago, and Scalia’s death is more the bookend of it than the signal that it might be coming. That’s why everywhere you look this morning, liberals are being uncharacteristically respectful and courteous about his passing, rather than displaying their usual disgusting hatred: they can afford to be magnanimous for once, since they know they’ve won already and needn’t worry much about what’s going to replace him. They have faith in their Lord and Savior Obama to do the right thing, according to their dim lights. And I do too.
Updated update! Lest we forget, in the political maelstrom, just what kind of man he was:
I’ve not told this story until now, simply because I’ve long known that he never sought public recognition for his charity. Charity is simply a form of love, and genuine love does not seek out public recognition.
With this one action, he touched not only her life but mine too. I can only imagine how many other examples his friends could name.
This was a good man. It is so rare for a man of this quality to gain the high level of influence and power that he did in his lifetime.
Lord Acton had a dictum that power tends to corrupt. What I saw that day was the rare exception. Power did not corrupt this man. He remained true to himself and true to his principles.
How unusual: a public figure in his position he never stopped being a good, even great, person.
May his beautiful soul now rest in God’s loving care.
(Via Lex Green)