The announcement of the sudden mysterious death of Justice Scalia of the US Supreme Court monopolized the media this weekend. This is only the 2nd time in the past 60 years that an active justice has died. With only 8 members on the Court now, the Constitutional dialogue may grind to a halt for quite some time.
How the death of Justice Scalia affects usNo matter where you stand on the political scale (even if you stand off it entirely), there are some pretty major ramifications when an acting Supreme Court Justice passes away. Not all of these things are guaranteed to happen, but all are within the realm of possibility and important to note to those who were dancing on the grave of Scalia before his body was even cold.
- New cases might not be heard in the Supreme Court until Scalia’s seat has been filled, and if they are heard, they can be deadlocked with 4 against 4.
- Pending important cases may not be continued until Scalia’s seat has been filled.
- All cases in which the Court has ruled but not yet issued an opinion could become invalidated.
- Obama will undoubtedly want to replace Scalia with a left-leaning candidate
- Congress, which currently has a Republican majority, will never confirm a liberal candidate.
- The third branch of the government, the Judicial Branch, will have its hands completely tied, leaving the Executive Branch and Legislative Branch to fight it out with no one to interpret the law.
- labor unions
- religious liberty
- redistricting, affecting red state/blue state fights for dominance
While I consider myself neither a Republican nor a Democrat (I refuse to endorse the rigged, partisan system) it’s obvious that the balance of power in our country hangs by a thread, and the sudden death of a Supreme Court Justice who is currently on the bench could effectively lock up the government until a replacement is sworn in. And that replacement will set the tone for the country for a very long time. Right now, the remaining Justices are evenly split based on who nominated them: 4 were nominated by Republican presidents and 4 by Democrat presidents. The Justice who is chosen to replace Scalia could change everything.
President Obama has about 340 days remaining in office, and it’s very likely that the Republican-majority Congress will do everything possible to fight his nominations in the hopes that a Republican president is elected. The longest vacancy in the past 100 years was during Richard Nixon’s presidency and lasted 391 days.
And there are a lot of questions about Justice Scalia’s deathLet me preface this by pointing out some facts:
- Justice Scalia was 79 years old.
- He was overweight.
- He went to bed early the night before he was found dead.
- He was a smoker.
But then, you have to add up this ever-growing pile of exceptionally weird inconsistencies.
Pronounced dead over the phone? No autopsy? Already embalmed? WHAT? Things that make you go, hmmmm….right?
Let me say it again…get preparedAt the risk of preaching to the choir, beating a dead horse, and about a dozen other cliches about repeating myself, please let me encourage you to take stock of your preparations and fill in the gaps. This is the kind of thing that could tip over a huge chain of events that will affect us all.
- Audit your budget and take care of any concerns.
- Build an emergency fund.
- Get your pantry built and put back some emergency food.
- Prepare for the potential of civil unrest.
- Get armed now before it becomes more difficult.
I keep ringing this warning bell not just to hear myself talk, but because I really, truly believe that freedom comes with self reliance. Each thing you are able to provide for yourself buys you just a little bit more freedom than the neighbors who are waiting for the government to save them. We’re entering the edge of a perfect storm right now, with the volatile economy, enemies abroad and, now, a government that may be unable to fully function. We are in a situation unlike any we’ve seen before, and no one can predict how things will go down. Hopefully, nothing terrible will happen, but if it does, do you want to look back and think about how you ignored the urging to ramp up your preparations? We could easily end up in a situation like that of Venezuela, where the economy has collapsed and the country is out of food.
What do you think happened in the death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia?This is could be a turning point for our country, and not one that turns us in the direction of freedom.
Do you have any theories about this sudden (and convenient for President Obama) death? Do you feel that he died of natural causes or something more suspicious? How long do you expect it to take for a successor to be named and confirmed? How do you foresee this affecting the average person?