“The probability of a certain set of circumstances coming together in a meaningful (or tragic) way is so low that it simply cannot be considered mere coincidence.” ― V.C. King
The Loss of our Greatest Justice
From the very instant we heard Justice Scalia had died, we had our suspicions. Justice Scalia was a pro-life, Christian Constitutionalist who was also an originalist. He was what all justices on the high court should be.
Cibolo Creek Ranch owner, John Poindexter’s account of how Scalia was found, is beginning to add fuel to the fire as he told the press that Scalia was discovered with “a pillow over his head.” That certainly sounds strange to me, and obviously to many others.
Scalia was just the latest newsworthy guest to visit the celebrity hideaway that covers 30,000 acres near the Chinati Mountains. Mick Jagger, Julia Roberts and Tommy Lee Jones have also partaken of its scenic vistas and luxury accommodations. The Justice was there with several other friends for a short weekend. He was scheduled to return home on Sunday.
Established in 1857 by Milton Faver, known as the first Texas cattle baron west of the Pecos, the ranch retains 19th Century constructions, including “El Fortin de Cibolo,” a primitive fort designed to protect settlers from Apaches.
Apparently the judge’s physician was traveling with him among other friends. When the judge didn’t awaken at 8:30 Saturday morning, Poindexter went out for several hours. He returned and there was still no response from Judge Scalia’s room. Poindexter found him and was the one who made the appropriate calls.
Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara told WFAA news on Sunday that Scalia had likely died from a heart attack, but she did so without looking at the body. The county judge stated that his death was most likely a heart attack. However, an autopsy was not ordered or performed. Before Judge Scalia’s body was flown home, he was embalmed. This is the law in Texas as well as many other states, before a body can be taken outside the state.
The photo is Barack Obama shaking hands with John Poindexter, the Texas millionaire businessman also noted for being a donor to the Democrat Party, and who also received an award from Barack Obama related to his military service in Vietnam.
Poindexter is the owner of the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead earlier this week.
Remember too that in 2014, Judge Scalia ripped into Obama’s self-interested use of executive power. Link
Schumer Flashback – 2007
Almost immediately after Scalia’s death was announced Saturday evening, Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates began arguing the appointment of his successor should be left to the next president. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer lamented this outlook as pure obstructionism.
Funny, because in 2007, Schumer advocated doing the same exact thing if any additional Supreme Court vacancies opened under former President George W. Bush. How opinions change when the shoe is on the other foot! Link
“You know, the kind of obstructionism that [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell ‘s talking about, he’s hearkening back to his old days,” Schumer said, according to The Hill. McConnell has said, “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”
Notice he said, “should not,” which means he can easily change. Had he said “will not,” I’d be a bit more convinced, just a bit. Unfortunately, I haven’t much faith in the despicable GOPe sellout, Mitch McConnell.
The Court Count
The Court was 5 to 4 with fair conservatives, Scalia being the most prominent and finest Constitutional scholar. Should Obama actually appoint another justice, it will mean decades of draconian liberal (read communist) decisions.
I hate to think of what another Obama appointee could do to this country and our Constitution…Federal takeover of the police (a la Nazi Germany), elimination of the Second Amendment, radicalized school discipline according to race, chipping away at the Bill of Rights. The federal overreach would be totally out of control.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been mentioned as one appointee. According to the Huffington Post, CNN legal analyst and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin has his money on Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Obama fought to appoint the 47-year-old native of India to a seat on the D.C. Circuit court, and the Senate unanimously confirmed him in 2013. Srinivasan has joined liberal colleagues on the court in several cases, and seems to be of a similar ideological bent as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The latest name mentioned is Elizabeth Warren. Link
Here is what Donald Trump said when asked about Scalia’s replacement:
“If I were president now, I would certainly want to try and nominate a justice, and I’m sure that, frankly, I’m absolutely sure that President Obama will try and do it. I hope that our Senate is going to be able to…do something about it. This is a tremendous blow to conservatism, a tremendous blow, frankly, to our country.”
“I think it’s up to Mitch McConnell and everybody else to stop it. It’s called, delay, delay delay.”
He is absolutely right, and if the American people ignore this, it will be at our own peril. Lord have mercy!