By Dave Andrusko
On Friday pro-life President Donald Trump awarded the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. Justice Scalia, one of seven recipients, was represented by his wife Maureen and their nine children.
As President Trump explained to the audience assembled at the White House, the Presidential Medal of Freedom “is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to American life and culture.” In his remarks, the President captured the enormity of what Justice Scalia contributed:
The second recipient we honor today is one of the greatest — truly was one of the greatest jurists ever to serve our country: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Universally admired for his towering intellect, brilliant wit, and fierce devotion to our founding principles, Justice Scalia has made a deep and lasting impact on the history of our nation. His presence is dearly missed by all. Friend of a lot of people. Truly great intellect.
Justice Scalia transformed the American legal landscape, igniting a national movement to apply the original meaning of the Constitution as written. Few have done more to uphold this nation’s founding charter.
Through nearly 900 written opinions and more than 30 years on the bench, Justice Scalia defended the American system of government and preserved the foundations of American freedom. Our whole nation is indeed indebted to Justice Scalia for his lifetime of noble and truly incredible service.
For pro-lifers. Justice Scalia will always be remembered for his scintillating dissents. When pro-lifers read through so many Supreme Court decisions on abortion, decisions whose contempt for state legislatures was matched only by their indifference to the fate of unborn children, we could always count on Justice Scalia to cut through the dithering and the deception and the duplicity.
Unlike many of his colleagues, he really did understand there are three branches of government and that the Supreme Court ought to pay appropriate deference to men and women elected by the people. Justice Scalia’s withering critiques of untethered judicial activism will be read by law students for generations to come.
Congratulations to Justice Scalia’s family. He richly deserved the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his valiant, unrelenting critique of judicial activism best personified in the awful Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions.