First, the quote of the day, from CatholicVote.org, amended only slightly by your blogger:
"If you read anyone who treats [the late, great] Antonin Scalia as an ideological conservative scoring points for his 'side' of a power struggle, you can be sure you are reading someone who doesn't know what [he or she] is talking about."
Next, what Justice Scalia accomplished, in a nutshell from the same site:
"It's not hyperbole to acknowledge that Antonin Scalia sparked a renaissance in Constitutional law. Before Scalia, the legal philosophy en vogue was viewing the Constitution as a "living, breathing document" which could be adapted whenever judges saw fit.
Justice Scalia argued instead for originalism, which meant judges must restrain themselves and interpret the Constitution by looking to what was actually written and intended, not what we want it to mean today. While Scalia didn't secure a majority of justices to agree with him in every case, his understanding of the Constitution led to a renewed defense of our most cherished rights, judicial restraint, limited government, including religious liberty."
And, finally, a few words from Scalia himself.
June, 2010, he delivered a commencement address for Langley High
School in Virginia because his granddaughter was graduating from
there. This is part of what he said: