Speaking ill of the dead

Speaking ill of the dead: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia devoted his career to making the United States less fair, less tolerant and less admirable. Thus we speak ill of the dead to learn from the mistakes of their lives. As the product of a sheltered childhood, Scalia’s upbringing was one of close-minded moral opprobrium. In support of tradition against change, Scalia demonized progress as nothing more than a fickle public. Instead of accepting the idea that humans learn, he championed a phony argument termed “originalism,” divinized the Constitution, and canonized its authors as incapable of error. Scalia claimed he got his news from the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times (owned by Rev. Moon’s Unified Church) and Conservative Talk Radio thus restricting his opinions to the bubble world of conservative babble. His worst decision was expanding the 2nd Amendment, “a well regulated militia” to include, “an individual’s right to bear arms” by attempting to interpret what went on in the minds of those who wrote it hundreds of years ago as if the writers were infallible.  Describing himself as an advocate of judicial restraint, instead he usurped both the Executive and Legislative branches with positions that revoked long standing Congressional and Presidential decisions including; The Voting Rights Act, McCain Feingold (and other) campaign finance, climate change regulations, not to mention selecting Bush over Gore. Great Justices have always helped change the nation as a living document. John Marshall, Louis Brandies and Earl Warren saw segregation as poison, while Scalia wondered  about intent and kept looking backward. Majority leader McConnell has told us that his number one priority is to make Obama fail and he has now added he will not allow Scalia’s replacement until after the election. Scalia was out of step with his “fickle” American public. The Constitution needs diversity and tolerance, more bridge builders and less walls, more justice for all and less focus on fear and restrictive law and order. Scalia may have done a lot of harm to America, but progress is inevitable. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA

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