commentary by Sheryl Blunt

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was laid to rest Saturday. Appointed and sworn in by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia was a “thought leader” and the conservative intellectual voice on the Supreme Court.  

As Roll Call recently reported, Reagan advisors saw Scalia as “a forceful individual capable of personal as well as intellectual leadership.” 

He turned out to be that, and much more. Reagan called him a “brilliant judge,” and his wisdom and sincerity became well known to those who worked with him, and to those who read his opinions and dissents. He was a man who embodied Reagan's beliefs in limited power based upon the original intent of the Constitution's founders. He warned against justices adopting an “evolving meaning” of the Constitution that would eventually result in “no limitation on the current society at all.” 

In his insightful piece on Justice Scalia’s contribution to American jurisprudence, Paul Kengor writes: 

“He was the leader of constitutional orthodoxy on the Supreme Court and its voice, which he expressed with eloquence, uniqueness, cheer, wit, flair and panache — con molto brio, as they say in his ethnic Italian. He was winsome and likable, a colorful character. 

But more than that, Scalia was nothing short of our hope on the Supreme Court on matters of religious freedom, unborn life and marriage.”

Read Paul Kengor’s full analysis at: