Lessons in civility: Read how libs reacted to Scalia eulogy penned by his son

Lessons in civility: Read how libs reacted to Scalia eulogy penned by his son

On Friday, the Washington Post published an article written by Christopher J. Scalia paying homage to his father, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The post gives a glimpse into life at the Scalia household and is a touching article overall.

“This past week, my eight brothers and sisters and I have been sharing memories of our father, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We’ve told stories most of us have heard a million times, but that carry new meaning now. As proud as we are of his legacy as a jurist, of course it’s his presence in our personal lives that we’ll miss the most,” he wrote.

He added:

My own most vivid memories of Dad are set at the kitchen table. Someone once said to my brother, “You must have the most fascinating dinner conversations.” We always get a good laugh out of that one. It’s true that we’d often discuss law, history and politics. But Dad’s running gags ensured our kitchen would never be mistaken for a salon. Poor conversationalists got it worse than an unprepared lawyer during oral arguments: If anyone said “um,” Dad would lead a chorus of “ummmmmmms” to spotlight this oratorical shortcoming. Sometimes the umming would spiral into a rendition of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra.” (After his confirmation hearings, we were more than happy to point out that he had often said “uh” to the senators.)

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It’s a warm and personalized tribute. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but as the old saw reminds us, “If you can’t say anything good about the dead…”.

Liberals, you would suppose, would be the first to heed that bit of folk wisdom, considering the utter stink they raised about civil discourse following the shootings in Tuscon that killed six and ended the career of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, all of which they ascribed to conservative hate speech.

Fat chance. Here are some of the observations by liberal readers that appear in the comments section following the article:

Will be missed … as much as a boil in the bum.

I‘m sure in you’re [sic] cozy little elite familial fraternity your father must have seemed like a loving and compassionate man. Sadly, disgracefully those attributes did not extend to his role as a judge. The vast majority of Americans will be better represented and they will have more hope of greater opportunities for an improved lot in life now that your father is dead. Your father contributed to the demolition of an American democracy and the installation of an oligarch. We are not sad at his passing.

I am sure that the parents of all those dead soldiers who were killed indirectly by Scalia and his crowd appointing George Bush as president do not share your fine thoughts about your father.

At least one person took the Post to task for opening the article to comments:

An inappropriate place for WP to open it up to discussion. What child of a loving father would want to read such diatribes while in deep mourning. Shame on the paper and shame on the people who cannot save their anger for some other time and place.

Speaking as someone who recently lost his father, I tend to agree. On the other hand, the comments go a long way to proving what I and others have noted for a very long time: Liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate.

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