Scalia’s Legacy and the Danger of Politicization

The untimely passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia calls to mind his immense intellect and landmark legal opinions, as well as a great humanity appreciated by those who knew him. His life and career will impact American culture for many years to come.

From the time of his appointment by President Ronald Reagan up until now, he deftly utilized his position on the U.S. Supreme Court to establish and maintain roadblocks to progressivism’s politicization of the American judiciary. He emerged, and remained, a savior of our constitutional republic’s founding document. The significance of that legacy is already observable.

One need merely consider how liberals seek to politicize all aspects of contemporary life, even the weather — ‘global warming’ anyone? President Obama (in the fashion of a true Marxist, for whom ‘revolution’ is perpetual) has politicized the very machinations of the federal bureaucracy, such as the IRS, the EPA and the U.S. Justice Department. These institutions must function apart from political considerations for the phrase ‘Rule of Law’ to have meaning. The Obama Administration has discarded such meaning. If the rest of American society follows suit, the end of our republic is nigh.

In the hours after Justice Scalia’s death, Mr. Obama displayed his arrogance and disrespect by announcing his intent to appoint a replacement. Thus, he injected politics into the matter, before Antonin Scalia’s dead body had even been returned to Washington, DC.

Standing in stark contrast is Justice Scalia’s jurisprudence, at its heart a desire to rid the courts of political activism, and return our judiciary to the role our nation’s founders intended it to have. His successor must be one who carries the torch forward — another savior.


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