Applesauce

ApplesauceAs pretty much anyone with the ability to read this knows, a Supreme Court Justice has passed away. Some will extol his virtues, some will call his brand of law and constitutional understanding as faulty, and some, who even while diametrically opposed to him legally in just about everything, some will call him friend as Justice Ginsburg did. Then of course there was the inevitable social media reaction, a lot of it not terribly flattering and that is really no surprise. Here are 12 tweets that pretty much show everything wrong today in one way shape form or another. All of these tweets come from members of the press. You know, those people committed, or supposed to be committed, to bringing us unbiased truth about events and issues in the world. Those people that we trust for information.

From David Ehlich, a staff reporter for Rolling Stone. “so if the news about Scalia is true, how long do we have to wait until we can openly not be sad about it?” and “when you go to harass women outside of planned parenthood tomorrow, be sure to hold your fetus poster at half-mast. out of respect.”The second he was kind enough to provide the “#Scalia”.

From Silvia Killingsworth, A managing editor of the New Yorker “Wish I could be a fly on the wall for Scalia’s chat with the Devil” and “Died in a ranch in Texas, God bless America”

From Amanda Marcotte, a feminist writer for Salon “I guess it’s settled: God approves of abortion.” and “Scalia died where I grew up. Does that count as serendipity?”

From Tomas Rios, a senior sports editor for Vocativ “Scalia was a monster and no one’s job entitles them to respect.”

From Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for the Nation and frequent MSNBC guest “If you are unable to assign ugly truths and actual history to someone’s legacy after they die, you get airports named after Ronald Reagan.” Impressive since he managed to mock two dead public servants instead of just one. And also this “When political figures die, there’s a race to define their memory. That memory can have powerful repercussions. So remember Scalia’s victims”

Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept tweets “Don’t even try to enforce the inapplicable don’t-speak-ill-of-the-dead “rule” for the highly polarizing, deeply consequential Antonin Scalia”

Gabriel Arana, senior editor for HuffPo “The mere act of dying does not make one a saint.” with the following link, because why not insult a former British Prime Minister as well.

Finally from Dan Savage, a freelance sex columnist, “Dedicating the rest of this weekend’s marital sodomy to the memory of Antonin Scalia.”

Lest you think it was only those who claim to be, and are paid to be, journalists, let’s see what the funny folks had to say.

From Jess Dweck, a writer for Jimmy Fallon as well as a comedian, “Now Scalia will know what it’s like to have the government own his body.”

Moshe Kasher, a professional comedian, “Just to make sure I understand your argument: you want me to show respect for the death of a hateful man who disrespected so many lives?”

Lindsay Goldwert “Maybe, in death, Scalia will meet the original Constitution framers and find out their true intent. Assuming they too are burning in hell”

Even some fiction writers got in on the act.

From Charles Finch, a Victorian mystery novelist and literary critic “I mean, if you don’t want your death politicized, don’t lead a repugnant and profoundly influential political life.”

There are so many more including the expected comparisons to Hitler, etc.

The worst part is that some of us probably thought this way without tweeting it out. If we didn’t we may have thought this way if it were a political figure we disagreed with strongly. What has happened to us that the loss of a life, even a life that we may detest and dislike, causes cheering instead of mourning. That is causes mocking laughter instead of heart felt tears. That it is seen as a victory instead of a tragedy. What is wrong with us that so many thought of politics and not of his family? For all the accusations made of the man over the years that involved hate, he never once showed it, but so many are now. For all the accusations of bigotry and mocking about original intent, he stuck by it. That should be respected even if disagreed with. For all of the flack, he remained a public servant. Our response has, in many cases been sickening. It has lacked compassion or empathy. It has been, as former Justice Scalia himself may have said, pure applesauce.

 

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6 Replies to “Applesauce”

  1. A fate worse than death befell Antonin Scalia long before he died. He became a caricature. Observations following his death merely reflect that less than exhaled status.

  2. I have not followed Judge Scalia’s life and career closely, so perhaps the comments shared above reflect observations of public or private antagonism that goes beyond politics throughout his life–but as you said Scott, the documentation is a bit lacking. I am reminded of the eulogy the Holy Spirit decided was important to retain for consideration by later generations of readers, found in 2 Samuel 1. David had every ‘right’ to castigate the memory of a dead king who lived way below his royal calling–but, amazingly, David did not do that. It probably would be good for most of us to re-read that review of kindness by Saul’s successor.

    And by the way, not all late night hosts responded with such scathing one-liners. It would be good to U-tube Steven Corbert’s recent observations post Scalia’s death in his opening monologue describing his interaction with the judge at the annual Correspondent’s Dinner. That kind of quiet kindness–usually unnoted in the press, more likely defines the spirit of our Judge Scalia.

    1. I did not mean to imply that all, or even most, responded poorly, rather just wanted to point out that there were enough that did respond poorly that it is concerning.

  3. Just a reality check…
    Scalia, in a reference to the majority opinion of 6 Supreme Court Justices, calls their logic “bunkum”, or “nonsense”. I don’t think he was referring to a relish. So, perhaps, he gets what he gives???

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/pure-applesauce-the-scalia-description-of-supreme-court-ruling-2015-06-25

    “In a case determined by the construction of a few words, two chosen by Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia stood out: “pure applesauce.”
    That was Scalia’s description of the 6-to-3 majority in favor of keeping Affordable Care Act subsidies. It was not a favorable term, as he dissented from the ruling. Scalia also employed “jiggery-pokery.””

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/applesauce

    “Full Definition of applesauce
    * 1
:  a relish or dessert made of apples stewed to a pulp and sweetened

    * 2
slang :  bunkum, nonsense”

    1. First, he get’s what he gives is basically eye for an eye which is something none of us should support. Second, if you had read anything by him or the other justices, especially the liberal justices, you would know that they did not take offense neither did he mean any. He wrote with an over abundance of hyperbole and was certainly scathing, but oddly enough the only people who have bad things to say are people who never knew or interacted with him.

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