Justice Scalia is dead.
There is so much that can be said, but I'll keep it brief, with my immediate thoughts, in no particular order:
1. The intellectual force of the Court is dead; fitting, as the rule of law died at the hands of the same Court.
2. No human judge is perfect, and Scalia could be faulted for a number of opinions, but taken in all he was the greatest Justice that served the Court since Roger Taney, if not ever. Certainly his deft skewering of the idiocy of the Court's recent civilization-killing agenda will be sorely missed.
3. I coached a mock trial team of local homeschoolers, and at the national finals banquet dinner in June 2015 we were privileged to hear remarks by Justice Scalia. A memory I will keep.
4. You can now let go any dream you had of the Court blocking the Obama parents-of-USC-children legalization edict.
5. For that matter, we will feel the loss of protection against the sure to come future deprivations of what used to be considered rights. At least he will miss the "fun" our leaders have in store for us.
6. I hope there is an autopsy. But then again, Kennedy had an autopsy.
7. One could not but help note that Scalia was one of those radical trads that Dave Armstrong fears so much. In other words, he was a Catholic who took his faith and vocation seriously. His intellect was informed and guided by his faith. His faith was rooted in the timeless tradition and the ancient liturgy that safeguards it. His writings reflected his Catholic mind. Only the Catholic Church is the foundation of true culture.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May the soul of Antonin Scalia, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.