An Open Letter to Antonin Scalia
Recently, I have seen many “open letter” type posts where someone basically writes a letter to someone, but everyone can see it. It is such an amazing concept to me, and I have wanted to do it, but I have never thought of someone to write to. When I heard about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, I knew I had to write a letter to him. Please do not let your politics get in the way of reading this letter; this letter contains my opinions and views on Scalia, and if you do not agree, please do not leave a bad comment. Just disagree and move along and I will respect your disagreement. I hope that he can somehow see this letter. Alright, here we go…..
Dear Antonin Scalia,
First of all, I want to say that I was completely shocked and saddened to hear of your passing. My whole family knows what a huge influence you are in my life, and when my mom found out, she texted me saying, “I am so sorry.” You were greatly beloved by everyone in my family, I just wanted you to know that. I know you’re probably wondering, “What is a 21-year-old girl doing looking up to me? Shouldn’t you be looking up to someone younger and maybe a celebrity?” To this I say, no. You have been a great inspiration to me ever since I first learned about you in 11th grade A.P. United States history.
I am wanting to be a family lawyer or a Constitutional law attorney, but my ultimate dream would be to become a judge and then work my way up to the Supreme Court (you did that. You inspired me to do that). I want to defend the Constitution in the way that the Founding Fathers intended it to be, and I thank you for doing that while you were on the Supreme Court. Thank you for inspiring me to learn more about our nation’s history and laws and for inspiring me to want to defend its heritage.
I know that you were a great man who loved his country; I know this because one of this nation’s greatest presidents, Ronal Reagan, trusted you enough to nominate you as justice on the Supreme Court. Ronald Reagan was one of the most patriotic men, and so I know that if such a great man entrusted you with such a great job that you must be special. I know that a lot of those in my generation may not agree with your theology, but I want you to know that there are some Conservative young people out there. Once again, thank you so much for your Supreme Court service, and I hope you rest in peace.
Once again, please take this letter for what it is. I know that Scalia’s views are not shared by all, as some of the other justice’s views are not shared by me. I understand this as a rational person and as a political science major, but Antonin Scalia was a big influence on my life and his death hit me hard. I hope this letter provided some insight on me. Thank you for reading.