Watching the news and hearing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, I was immediately saddened but also glad that both parties and all media platforms focused on the life of Scalia rather than what the future would be for the nation’s highest court.
With his humor and high understanding of sarcasm, Scalia was always the funniest man in the room. He could ignite an audience with his highly conservative views and then ease all tension with his uncanny ability to make people laugh. In politics and particularly the court system, it is extremely hard to find someone so lighthearted and easy-going but also able to express his views in a way where he did not strain from the path.
It is also important to note that Scalia was a strongly religious man where he was a devout catholic. He was the father to nine children (let that sink in) and an abundance of grandchildren. Most of his family and religious values were due to his Italian upbringing.
Scalia had strong views about the textualism of the Constitution as well as giving power to the states on issues such as abortion and the death penalty. He was very much against executive governmental power and was a proponent of state power. He very often was the member of the Supreme Court who brought the rest of the court back to home base, reminding the other justices to not overstep their duties and also telling them to remember what they should be doing in every case.
It was satisfying to hear that his death was peaceful and from natural causes during his sleep, but their is no doubt that Justice Scalia’s death was a tragic loss to the Supreme Court and also America.
RIP Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)