Antonin Scalia, RIP The United States has lost a constitutional giant
Antonin Scalia may well have been the finest Supreme Court justice in this nation's history. His loss is a loss for our Constitutional Republic and everyone who reveres the United States Constitution. His contribution to our Republic will be felt for generations.
We have lost perhaps the greatest Supreme Court justice in our nation's history. Antonin Scalia will never be replaced. But his vacancy will be filled.
It is imperative that his replacement honor the written word of our Constitution.
The United States Senate must not take lightly the process of filling Scalia's vacancy. It would be an obscenity to replace Scalia with anyone who harbors the notion that our Constitution is a "living document".
The Senate must stand tall and firm in the face of a the kind of nominee they are likely to get from this administration.
Scalia's death has focused the coming election very clearly on the importance to this nation's survival that the right people are elected to office in November.
While these issues of replacement and continuity are important for our nation, we can ill afford to make a hasty decision on Scalia's replacement.
It is only fitting that we all take some time to appreciate the life and contributions of Justice Scalia and to re-evaluate our own dedication to honoring original intent and the constitutional principles Justice Scalia held dear to his heart.
In proportion to his stature on the Supreme Court, it is only appropriate to pause and reflect on the selection of his successor for a period of time required to do that process justice -- and eleven months would certainly not be too much time.
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.