Scalia’s death is suspicious. No witnesses. Found with a pillow over his head. His bed clothes were unwrinkled. Dies at a ranch resort owned by a Democrat Party donor and Obama award winner.
Perhaps the most troubling element of Scalia’s death is the actions of a judge named Cinderela Guevara who decided over the phone that an autopsy would not be needed despite Scalia being a justice that sits on the highest court in the country and who died with no witnesses. From the New York Post today:
“I took a look at the report and I almost fell out of my chair,” said Bill Ritchie, a retired deputy chief and former head of criminal investigations for the Washington, D.C. police.
“It’s not unreasonable to ask for an autopsy in this case, particularly knowing who he is,” said retired Brooklyn homicide Detective Patricia Tufo.
“He’s not at home. There are no witnesses to his death, and there was no reported explanation for why a pillow is over his head,” Tufo said. “So I think under the circumstances it’s not unreasonable to request an autopsy.”
“How in the world can that Texas judge, not even seeing the body, say that this is a heart attack?” Ritchie said, noting Guevara’s initial comments that the death was a heart attack. She later changed that opinion to “natural causes.”
“A US marshal can’t tell you. You need a medical professional. If this was Joe Blow, you say OK, 79 years of age, health problems, maybe natural causes. But this is a sitting justice of the Supreme Court!” Ritchie added.
“How do you know that person wasn’t smothered? How do you know it’s not a homicide until you conduct an investigation? You have to do your job. Once you go through that process, you can conclude that this is a naturally occurring death,” Ritchie said.
“I used to be an instructor in the homicide school. Every death investigation you are handling, you consider it a homicide until the investigation proves otherwise,” he said.
The President and Liberals everywhere are elated. For the President, he now has a shot at ramming through more un-constitutional legislation on matters related to the climate, firearms and healthcare. Democrat constituents are thrilled because Scalia was a bad man who stopped those noble Democrats we voted for from doing what they wanted to do!
Conversely, Republicans, conservatives and libertarians are terrified. Scalia was the most ardent defender of the Constitution and civil liberties on the court. Numerous cases involving civil rights and overreach by the Federal Government have been decided 5-4. Numerous articles have already been written by conservatives on the possibility of replacing Scalia with a judge of equal credentials. The game plan typically resembles something like:
- The Senate will have to sack up and delay confirmation of a successor.
- Republicans win the Presidency.
- GOP will have to retain the Senate.
- The Republican President in office will have to nominate a genuine constitutionalist and not a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
This last item alone I’d give no better than a 50/50 chance of happening. The possibility of all four happening are dramatically lower.
Nearly everyone in this country who reveres and believes in the Constitution is losing their mind with worry and perhaps rightly so. In a Republic of 320 million people, we’re all talking about how the appointment of a single lawyer can fundamentally change the dynamic of American laws, rights and freedoms.
Does anyone see a problem with this?
The potential carnage caused by Scalia’s death is our fault. Every single one of us that understands how critical the Constitution and the Rule of Law are to a civilized, egalitarian society are to blame. We have not done our part to hold the Executive Branch in check and consequently we have allowed the decisions of the Supreme Court to be far, far more important than they should be.
Perhaps worse, we have allowed un-constitutional laws and supreme court decisions to carry weight when in reality they should be ignored. Abraham Lincoln (who ignored the Dred Scott decision) once stated “that to treat unconstitutional court rulings as binding in all cases, no matter what, no matter how usurpative, no matter how anti-constitutional, would be for the American people to resign their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”
Thomas Jefferson stated in regards to judicial supremacy “a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.” And so now we sit, not as individuals with liberties, dreams and destinies to shape, but as lumps of clay, waiting for the next appointed oligarch to mold us into whatever shape he or she chooses.
We have a President who has no problem with ignoring the courts, even when those rulings are constitutional. He has been so willing to ignore the courts that a Federal appeals court actually ordered him in 2012 to formally recognize the judiciary’s power via written letter. Barack Obama displays no hesitancy to defy judicial supremacy because he despises the Constitution and what this country stands for.
And yet, conservatives can’t even bring themselves to ignore un-constitutional rulings. Is it any wonder that conservatives can’t win a political battle to save their lives?
There’s 320 million of us and a tiny handful of oligarchs. And yet we’re all slaves, all wishing or begging for our rulers to make life a little better, or let us keep an extra penny or two of our labor. Nobody is asking themselves “who rules me” because we’re afraid of the answer.