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Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016

by baldilocks

Supreme Court Jus­tice Antonin Scalia, 79, died today in Texas while on a hunt­ing trip.

Texas Gov­er­nor Greg Abbott:

He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and dis­tort the Con­sti­tu­tion. We mourn his pass­ing, and we pray that his suc­ces­sor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a cham­pion for the writ­ten Con­sti­tu­tion and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deep­est con­do­lences to his fam­ily, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

At another site, I opined that he got out just in time — for him­self, at least.

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Jus­tice Scalia’s death, while a per­sonal tragedy for his fam­ily, is also one for this coun­try. And it points to the impor­tance of pres­i­den­tial ide­ol­ogy and decision-​making, since it is the pres­i­dent who nom­i­nates the court’s can­di­dates. With Jus­tices Kagan and Sotomayor, we get two exam­ples of the type of judi­cial phi­los­o­phy that Pres­i­dent Obama looks for in his Supreme Court justices.

Many opinion-​makers on the con­ser­v­a­tive side of pol­i­tics are look­ing to the Republican-​lead U.S. Sen­ate to block any of Pres­i­dent Obama’s nom­i­na­tions until Jan­u­ary 2017 and this has prece­dent. But if the Demo­c­rat nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent wins the elec­tion, such an unlikely stand would be for naught.

The game has changed.

A lot of peo­ple out there are ner­vous now, and not only con­ser­v­a­tives. Jus­tice Scalia, along with Jus­tices Thomas and Alito, had often been the only things stand­ing between the peo­ple of the United States and full-​on tyranny.

But, as I said to a friend a few min­utes ago, God some­times forces the hands of those of us who are called by His name. He is our only stead­fast pro­tec­tor and will always be if we ask Him and trust in Him. I say let’s go for it.

Enjoy your reward, Mr. Jus­tice Scalia.

My Kenya trip has been post­poned for one week; I leave on the 21st.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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baldilocks

by baldilocks

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, died today in Texas while on a hunting trip.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family, and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

At another site, I opined that he got out just in time—for himself, at least.

Antonin_Scalia_Official_SCOTUS_Portrait
Official SCOTUS Portrait

Justice Scalia’s death, while a personal tragedy for his family, is also one for this country. And it points to the importance of presidential ideology and decision-making, since it is the president who nominates the court’s candidates. With Justices Kagan and Sotomayor, we get two examples of the type of judicial philosophy that President Obama looks for in his Supreme Court justices.

Many opinion-makers on the conservative side of politics are looking to the Republican-lead U.S. Senate to block any of President Obama’s nominations until January 2017 and this has precedent. But if the Democrat nominee for president wins the election, such an unlikely stand would be for naught.

The game has changed.

A lot of people out there are nervous now, and not only conservatives. Justice Scalia, along with Justices Thomas and Alito, had often been the only things standing between the people of the United States and full-on tyranny.

But, as I said to a friend a few minutes ago, God sometimes forces the hands of those of us who are called by His name. He is our only steadfast protector and will always be if we ask Him and trust in Him. I say let’s go for it.

Enjoy your reward, Mr. Justice Scalia.

My Kenya trip has been postponed for one week; I leave on the 21st.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>

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