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Tribute To A Legal Titan: Justice Antonin Scalia

“The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.” The nation mourns the loss of a legal titan. Even liberals admired Justice Scalia’s humor, candor, and deep commitment to his country. He was a conservative hero driven by his Catholic faith and trust in the Constitution. In a 50/50 country, he was a veteran for the nation’s cultural war; one who struggled to protect the world’s longest-surviving Constitution. It was a fight to which Scalia gave 30 brave years.

President Obama deliberately chose not to attend Justice Scalia’s funeral. Refusing to attend the funeral does more than insult the memory of a life-long public servant. Many call it a failure to perform a basic presidential duty, shirking his responsibility to the nation.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama were among the more than 6,000 people who paid tribute to Scalia at the Supreme Court building on Friday. His casket rested on a funeral bier that first held President Abraham Lincoln’s casket after his assassination. Thousands of people paid their final respects on Saturday in a funeral Mass conducted by his son, Father Paul Scalia, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Paul celebrated the conservative leader’s devotion to his faith and family.

The sudden death last weekend of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has caused a firestorm of concern and political divide in Washington and across the country. The danger to America if an Obama nominee is confirmed cannot be overstated. With less than a year remaining in Obama’s lame duck presidency, Senate Republican leaders have vowed to refuse to take action on any nominee that President Obama puts forward.

Republicans cannot let liberals do through the gavel what they could not do through the ballots. “Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law,” Justice Scalia once said. “That’s what democracy is all about.” And it is that same democracy that gives the people the right to choose, through their next president, who should take Scalia’s chair.

Some are speculating that President Obama, who quickly announced he will name a successor to Scalia “in due time,” might even try a recess appointment if his nominee is not confirmed.

For the Left, this is an opportunity to impose a liberal agenda on the nation for perhaps as many as 40 years. For the Right, it will determine whether conservatives will have the power to stop an agenda they believe is proving ruinous to the country — economically, legally and morally. The stakes could not be higher.

Justice Scalia summarized his constitutional philosophy in a May 2011 interview with California Lawyer magazine: “…..Legislatures enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box. You don’t like the death penalty anymore, that’s fine. You want a right to abortion? There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it. Persuade your fellow citizens it’s a good idea and pass a law. That’s what democracy is all about. It’s not about nine superannuated judges who have been there too long, imposing these demands on society.”

Urge Your Senators Not To Rush Into Confirming A New Supreme Court Justice 

We are living in the middle of a holocaust of the unborn, and the President and his party have proven themselves committed to continuing it. Any Supreme Court Justice they back will also be committed in the same way. 

It will make a difference for you to call your own two US Senators and assure them that you will stand with them in this vital battle. If your senators are Democrats, insist that they allow the national elections to show which direction the American people want the Supreme Court to take.

The Constitution provides an important check on imperial executive power. The Senate is exercising that check right now by protecting the People’s rights in the electoral process on a generation-shaping decision: who replaces the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

A call to your U.S. senators today is a way to safeguard America, as we know it. Our future is in our hands at this moment, but we must act now.

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