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Thursday, 18 February 2016

"Justice Antonin Scalia - Misadventure Or Murder?"

"The Possible Dire Consequences Of The Death Of Antonin Scalia"

Published on 17 Feb 2016
Antonin Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, and was the longest-serving justice on the court, having taken his seat on Sept. 26, 1986. Justice Scalia is famous for his application of constitutional originalism and opposition to “legislating from the bench.”
"The Constitution that I interpret and apply is not living but dead, or as I prefer to call it, enduring. It means today not what current society, much less the court, thinks it ought to mean, but what it meant when it was adopted." – Judge Antonin Scalia
Justice Scalia was discovered dead on February 13th, 2016 in Texas - and conspiracy theories spread as many pondered the massive impact his absence could have on the future United States. 
What kind of impact will this have on upcoming Supreme Court cases? Will President Barack (insane) Obama be able to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice in the remainder of his presidential term? This presidential election just became more consequential – as now it’s a fight for the soul of America.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a press release saying, “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President.” Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz (TX), and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) agree. Hillary Clinton spoke for many Democrats: “The Republicans in the Senate and on the campaign trail who are calling for Justice Scalia’s seat to remain vacant dishonor the Constitution. The Senate has a constitutional responsibly here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons.” Conor Friedersdorf says the no-vote stratagem is “illegitimate” because “the Senate does have an obligation to fulfill its ‘advice and consent’ obligation….A preemptive rejection of any possible Supreme Court appointment is self-evidently in conflict with that obligation.” Clinton and Friedersdorf are wrong. Senators have every right to advocate not holding a vote on an Obama appointment, and not to hold a vote.

Indeed, President Obama isn’t even entitled to nominate a replacement for Justice Scalia–or at least, Congress can deny him that right. The Constitution gives Congress the power to decide how many seats there are on the Supreme Court. In 1789, there were only six. Given sufficient congressional support (i.e., veto-proof majorities in both chambers), Congress could reduce the number of Supreme Court justices from the current nine to eight. McConnell, Cruz, and Rubio could propose doing so right now. It seems strange to criticize senators who are merely expressing in what circumstances they will withhold their consent when Congress has the power to deny the president the ability to fill this vacancy entirely by itself eliminating this vacancy.

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On this Sunday, February 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we examine the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, the decision by his family and a Texas judge to decline an autopsy and his possible replacement by drone killing architect David Barron. We'll discuss several reports regarding both the pope's hypocrisy as well as humanity's quickening descent toward global ruin. The rise of Donald Trump and this weekend's GOP debate will also be analyzed.

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