Sunday, February 14, 2016

Justice Scalia RIP

America lost a giant of the law this weekend. Justice Antonin Scalia was revered by friend and foe alike for his reason, wit, and good charm. But most of all for his fidelity to the Constitution. He was the working man's lawyer and his magnificent understanding of original intent, or what is known today as 'originalism,' set him apart from most jurists. When I was writing my book on federalism, Justice Scalia's opinions were guideposts to the proper role of the federal government in our republic. Indeed, as I wrote in Power Divided is Power checked, Scalia was first and foremost a 'textualist,' but relied heavily on original intent and just as important, tradition. It truly is hard to imagine a more profound champion of liberty to ever ascend to the bench in our lifetime.

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