Justice Antonin Scalia, Rest in Peace

Being in Berkeley is challenging under the best of circumstances. But Justice Scalia’s death kicks the intolerability up several notches.

The Left takes off its gloves and its illusion of being magnanimous and tolerant after a death of someone like Scalia. Sick jokes and wisecracks about Scalia’s passing are perfectly acceptable and omnipresent around here.

Of course, you can also find a plethora of celebratory comments and jokes online. Apparently, there were videos and snapshots after Scalia died, of leftists living it up with champagne and festive dances. As one person explained to me, with the “depth” of compassion of many progressives: “Yeah he died, but he was an a__________.”

Just like Sarah Palin rape jokes, acting in a sadistic way that dehumanizes conservatives is perfectly okay, if not encouraged, among legions of so-called progressives. It’s amazing to me how people on the Left cannot differentiate between someone’s political opinions and his humanity. In their eyes, the fact that Scalia supported conservative causes makes him fair game for laughing at his death.

This is the mean-spirited behavior that we have witnessed for years, especially the last 8 years. If anyone dares to disagree with the platform of the Democratic Party, they are objects of mockery and hatred. No one is allowed to hold traditional values and still be a person. Of course, this is typical of cult-like behavior, where outsiders are marginalized and demonized.

But I don’t want to dwell on the bullies among us. I want to say a few things about the life and death of Justice Scalia.

Scalia’s life was a model of hard work and success, especially given his immigrant family’s humble roots. Even many of his detractors called him brilliant. He graduated valedictorian from Georgetown University and trained as an attorney at Harvard. Scalia worked as an international attorney, then a law professor, then a judge. He and his wife were married for 55 years, and they raised nine children.

By anyone’s definition, Scalia was a stupendously successful man, who saw hard work, rather than handouts and self pity, as the key to success. But his success wasn’t just material and career. He was a loyal family man, devoted to his wife and children. By the old school standards that he promoted, he was a good and honorable man.

Now for his death. I don’t know what happened. I have no inside scoop. However, the circumstances around his death seem suspect to me, if not outright bizarre. And had it been a liberal judge who suddenly died, there’d be a public outcry for more investigation (if not Occupations and riots).

Justice Scalia was on vacation and had just enjoyed a meal and socializing with friends. Apparently, he went to bed and ended up dead. Let’s face it, It is highly unusual for this to happen. When people are dying, they usually make a lot of noise. They may scream, they may struggle, they may bang, call for help, etc. Other strange occurrences: Scalia was found with a pillow over his head. The judge who pronounced Scalia dead didn’t even bother to come to the scene; she called it in. The police didn’t cordon off the scene and investigate it for possible foul play.

Now does this casual, laid back behavior make any sense when a Justice of the Supreme Court suddenly, and for no obvious reason, dies? The cavalier attitude, the lack of securing and scrutinizing the rooms and the hunting lodge by police, the nonchalant, “well he died, not much we can do, let’s move on,” attitude of law enforcement officials, the FBI, the White House, the media, etc. strike me as odd to the extreme.

But if you say any of this, you’re dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist.” But interestingly the term wasn’t used until 1967 when, purportedly, the CIA first coined the phrase to dismiss anyone who disagreed with the Warren Commission’s conclusion that President Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunmen. Since then, anyone who takes issue with the official story is ridiculed as a conspiracy nut.

Ironically, Scalia seemed to be one of the few people who understand this. He once even warned about current risks to civil liberties, including a possibility of FEMA detention camps. He said this despite the fact that those talking about these things were labeled as (you guessed it) “conspiracy theorists.” As a devout Christian, Scalia had the wisdom and the sense of history to understand that there are nefarious forces out there — both in the human and supernatural realms — who can act with impunity when they want to. (1)

The Justice also understood that there is a spiritual battle going on, an ancient one that began before the beginning of time. He spent his life trying to ensure that he was on the right side, not just politically, but when it came to something much more important — salvation. He knew where he wanted to spend eternity. And I am certain that Justice Scalia, a God-fearing, good and honorable man, is with the angels and our Lord right now and for all eternity.


1. No, I’m not saying that I think that Scalia was murdered. I have no idea what happened. But I am appalled that the matter has been so quickly dropped without a full investigation. If a liberal Justice were on vacation and suddenly died, I don’t think that the media, law enforcement, and the government would be so loosy-goosy about it.

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