Unless you’ve been under a rock, you already know that the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has got The American Powers That Be in yet another uproar, once again divided along fanatical party lines. “The justice is dead? Who will replace him?” “Should Obama make the appointment of the next justice?” “Should the next President make it?” “If Obama makes it, horror of horrors, he’ll pick a fellow Liberal!” “If the next President makes it, since the Republicans might win, good night, he’ll pick a fellow Conservative!” Blah, blah, blah.
So initially I stopped paying too much attention to the entire brouhaha being made by the usual party puppets, considering it to fall under the heading of “Situation Normal: All Fouled Up.” I even discounted the conspiracy theorists…
Until this morning during breakfast, when my friend Ken told me the latest about the death of the justice. Tonight I started researching further, and is this mess ever disturbing.
I’d heard that Justice Scalia had died with “a pillow over his face,” which certainly did strike me as bizarre, although it could happen that, innocently, a pillow, or the covers, can land in the wrong place while we sleep. I myself am notorious for tossing off the covers. Initially I thought this happened while Scalia was at home in his own bed…
But then I found out there’s more. Much more.
Scalia was not only not at home, he was staying at a ranch in Texas, and nowhere near his own bed. He was visiting someone else, not at home. This considerably amps things up.
There was no security detail assigned to him while in Texas. Why was there no security detail? He’s a Supreme Court Justice. He’s not Joe Schmo from Kokomo. He’s supposed to be guarded by the U.S. Marshalls.
Where were the U.S. Marshalls?
Then I heard that the ranch he was visiting was owned by a heavy donor to the Democratic Party. Scalia was a Conservative.
The donor apparently convinced the local authorities there wasn’t any foul play, though if he’s not a doctor, how would he know?
No wonder people are coming up with conspiracy theories about this!
I am not saying the man was murdered. I am not trying to cast aspersions on the donor. However, I do think the situation sounds suspicious. Just because conspiracy nuts are having some fun with it doesn’t mean it’s not a possible homicide. Again, by all accounts, the pillow was found over his face. It’s not like it wasn’t.
By the way, Justice Scalia was the most famous alumnus of my father’s high school, Xavier High School here in New York City. It’s really sad that he died, and I do hope he went naturally and wasn’t murdered. However, it looks likely that a full investigation is in order. I hope there will be one.
I also hope an Independent is put forward as Scalia’s replacement. Ha, if you think the party people are going straight up the wall over this death now, that would send them all clear onto the ceiling and right down the other side, which sure would be fun to watch!