The nation has lost the most influential justice to sit on the Supreme Court in many decades.
I’m referring, of course, to the death of Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend. The loss of his influence, as well as his crucial vote, is monumental.
Even before his nomination to the Supreme Court in 1986, Antonin Scalia was known for his brilliant defense of reading the Constitution as it was written and as its Framers intended it to be understood. He called this “textualism” or “originalism” and he argued that it was essential to a government by the people—the American experiment in representative democracy.
As he often said, his concern was not necessarily what policy the people should adopt, his concern was who decides. It should be the people, he argued, through their elected representatives, not an elite of justices, not—in his words—“nine superannuated judges.”
He will be greatly missed.
And the implications for the 2016 presidential race are urgent and explosive.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/247428203″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]