Fred Clark on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia:
Supreme Court justices, like popes, are granted vast power as ultimate arbiters — power mostly unchecked by anything other than their own integrity and their purported commitment to principle. To be granted such enormous power until the day you die means, inevitably, that the day you die will be a day of celebration for everyone you’ve wielded that power against. The only ways to prevent your death from being the basis for such celebration would be either to: A) follow [Pope] Benedict’s example and step aside before you die in office; or B) maybe use your power justly, instead of as a tool to grind down and oppress, so that your death doesn’t have to be widely perceived as a source of liberation.
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