"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Federalist Society Tribute to Justice Scalia

An outstanding tribute to an extraordinary jurist.  His professionalism as a public servant -- restraining himself to the Constitution itself rather than his own personal beliefs or desires -- resonates deeply with me, both as a public servant myself who risked personal convenience to lawfully restrain my own official action, and also as a private citizen injured by multiple public servants who lacked the character and professionalism to do the same.

Justice Scalia's approach to our law is the bedrock of public service, the rule of law and our very system of government.  It is critical if we are to avoid corruption and tyranny, or more accurately, if we are to loosen tyranny's existing grasp on our nation.  His textual approach is not merely an interesting viewpoint to be argued or debated in sprightly coffee shop conversation.  Rather, his approach is absolutely essential to our Republic and our democracy.

Sadly, I find Justice Scalia's professional approach sorely lacking in public servants across our federal government today be they politician, military officer, judge or law enforcement.  America suffers and is weakened accordingly.  For me, Justice Scalia was a light in this American darkness.  He will be greatly missed and already is.  This is an excellent video tribute.

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