President Trump just announced some very special news – he will be awarding Judge Antonin Scalia a rare honor on November 16th. Joining Scalia in receiving this rare honor will be another leading figure in the conservative movement, Orrin Hatch.
Trump will be awarding them the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Medal of Freedom, and they sure do deserve it.
Scalia was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1986 until his death in 2016. He was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Scalia was described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.
Scalia served on the Court for nearly thirty years, during which time he espoused a conservative jurisprudence and ideology, advocating textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation. He was a strong defender of the powers of the executive branch, believing presidential power should be paramount in many areas. He believed that the Constitution permitted the death penalty and did not guarantee the right to abortion or same-sex marriage, and that affirmative action and most other policies that afforded special protected status to minority groups were unconstitutional. These positions earned him a reputation as one of the most conservative justices on the Court. He filed separate opinions in many cases, often castigating the Court’s majority using scathing language.
Scalia argued that there is no constitutional right to abortion and that if the people desire legalized abortion, a law should be passed to accomplish it. Scalia wrote in his dissenting opinion in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey:
“The States may, if they wish, permit abortion on demand, but the Constitution does not require them to do so. The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.”
From The Hill: President Trump is set to award the Medal of Freedom to seven people next week, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), musician Elvis Presley, baseball Hall-of-Famer Babe Ruth and the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The country’s highest civilian honor, the medal is awarded to those who have “made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.
Others who are set to receive the medal Nov. 16 include Hall-of-Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, the wife of GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.