Justice Antonin Scalia Dies

So, Antonin Scalia died in his sleep yesterday–otherwise engaged, I remained blissfully unaware of this admittedly monumental development until this morning, when the news hit my ears (my eyes, to be precise) with a monumental “plop” not unlike a turd splashing into the hygienic blue-tinged water in the lavender scented bathroom of Aunt Mathilde’s scrupulously maintained cottage. I am a terrible person, because my very first thought was: “Good.”

But I’m not irredeemable. I stepped back. Scalia was a human being, I’m relatively certain, however inhumane he often seemed to me, as the angry, stubborn voice of pretty much everything I despise about the modern, contemptuous, obstructionist, and highly partisan incarnation of conservatism. Odds are, if Scalia had an opinion, I opposed it.  Right now, writers are falling all over themselves in efforts to grab page hits, struggling to reinvent the justice as, as one called it, “a tireless defender of the constitution.”  Well, I’m here to say that no Justice in recent history has gone further in interpreting said constitution through the warped, narrow, insidious filter fashioned by melding hyper-conservatism with Catholic extremism.  A hypocrite in every sense of the word.

I backed away from the initial, positive response to his death out of respect for his friends and family who probably, for the most part, loved him and now mourn his passing. But rest easy–his particular brand of one-sided objectivity will be remembered: already, his surviving Republican allies are already gathering to obstruct any attempts to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, until a new President takes office nearly a year from now. Yes, Justice Scalia, you will not be forgotten.

And, by the way, my antagonistic view of the guy should not imply that I don’t find him fascinating and deeply nuanced–he clearly had a mind I would have enjoyed getting to know, and was a fellow contrarian to boot.  Here’s a link to a fanstastic and illuminating interview with him. I highly recommend it for reading.

By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

6 replies on “Justice Antonin Scalia Dies”

Anybody who wants to understand how Scalia was willing to ignore the Constitution for his own personal and political agenda needs only read his Heller decision. His utter disregard for the opening clause of the 2nd amendment demonstrates he only believes in strict construction and original intent when he wants to.

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It is truly interesting times we live in where one half of the population thinks Justice Scalia was the devil incarnate and an enemy of the Constitution and the other half fully believes the opposite; that Scalia was he a good and honorable man whose was willing to take controversial and unpopular stances in defense of our founding documents as applicable to the rule of law.

You probably can guess where I stand and I’m not going to pick an argument here. I just find it stunning that so much of the population can hold such vastly diabolical views on any given issue. Rough seas ahead me thinks.

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Perhaps I’ll succeed in my plan to spread my disdain for the extremists on both “sides”–or the absurd notion that we should even have “sides”–and unite all of American under a canopy of smart-alec disgust and terrible impatience. Let the Bull Moose run free once more. And let me quietly, devilishly admit that while I do indeed think Scalia’s decisions were often stilted because of his religion and idealogy, the more I learned about the guy over the years, the more delightful I came to find him. The cited interview is classic.

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When i posted a reaction to the news on FB, all i could think to write came from my mother, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s nice that he and Big RBG had a lovely friendship, but his narrow interpretation of our Constitution will not be missed by those of us who treasure it as a living document.

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