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Letters: Scalia, Reid, Grassley, McConnell, Obama

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opposed equal marriage rights for gays, a letter writer notes.
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opposed equal marriage rights for gays, a letter writer notes. Bay Area News Group file

A billion kudos to Justice Scalia

Re “Scalia’s death rocks the court” (Page 1A, Feb. 14): Doubtless, as Justice Antonin Scalia flits around heaven on his little wings, he is constantly being intercepted by the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Franklin and Adams and given slaps on the back and hearty Founding Father hugs.

They must appreciate how such a strict Constitutionalist (not a conservative judicial activist) preserved their wishes in ensuring that billionaires and corporations are able to dominate U.S. government. After all, they made sure that the billionaires and corporations of their time had a clear voice in our leadership.

His loss will be mourned by anyone with a lot of money and no social conscience.

Peter Rodman, Sacramento

Democrats created the obstructionism

The front-page article suggests that the Republican Senate will block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, and Democrats are livid at the thought. How soon they all forget the obstructionism of Harry Reid when he led the Senate.

Reid blocked hundreds of bills from being voted on because they were authored by Republicans. He further invoked the “nuclear option” and changed the Senate forever.

If the Democrats are upset, they need to look at what they created.

Lennie Chancey, Roseville

Typical Republican obstructionism

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, claimed, “The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year.” He is wrong.

In 1988, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Anthony Kennedy in Ronald Reagan’s final year as president. In 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower used a recess appointment to name William Brennan to the Supreme Court, one month before the election.

Grassley is bad at math or shamelessly partisan.

Edward Hashima,

Sacramento

Disenfranchised by Sen. McConnell

Re “Stakes are raised for Senate, presidency” (Page 7A, Feb. 14): Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dictated that the vacancy on the Supreme Court should not be filled by President Barack Obama because the “American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice.” Wait, what?

The voice of the American people was loud and strong in choosing our current president, Barack Obama, to make those selections until January 2017. And none other than Justice Antonin Scalia would agree, strictly interpreting the Constitution according to its words in Article II that the president “shall nominate” and “appoint ... judges of the Supreme Court.”

The majority of Americans chose Obama for this precise reason. And the word “shall” is as emphatic a word as could have been written. Neither McConnell nor any other senator should attempt to disenfranchise the voters who made that choice, nor should they subvert the Constitution.

Nancy Luque, Carmichael

The injustice of Justice Scalia

In the words of Dorothy’s Auntie Em, “For 23 years, I’ve been dying to tell you what I thought of you. And now ... well, being a Christian woman, I can’t say it!” I don’t have Em’s propriety.

Scalia analogized who I am and who I love with bestiality and fought to retain the criminalization of homosexuality.

The late justice has a widow. Under Scalia’s view, the surviving spouse of a loving gay couple would not be similarly recognized – denied dignity and financial security for the balance of life.

“Equal justice under law” are words engraved on the U.S. Supreme Court building. But in his fierce and odious dissents to Supreme Court decisions that advanced equality, he accused the majority of signing on to the “homosexual agenda” and of derailing “morals” legislation. His hallmark? Injustice wrapped in malice and grandiloquence.

Stephen Kulieke,

Sacramento

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