July 16, 2016
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being castigated collectively by the editorial boards of The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Connecticut’s liberal Democratic Senator, Chris Murphy stated “We all know that the justices on the Supreme Court have political views. I’m not sure we’re well served by them airing them out in the open.” Her crime: telling the truth.
The trouble began when she stated that if Trump won, she would consider following the presumed advice of her deceased husband and move to New Zealand. When asked why, she replied she would not like the judicial philosophy of the justices he would appoint. Trump responded “Her mind is shot – resign!”
The august editorial board of The New York Times wrote “All of which makes it only more baffling that Justice Ginsburg would choose to descend toward his [Trump’s] level and call her own commitment to impartiality into question.”
What The New York Times is really upset about is that Justice Ginsburg has let the cat out of the bag. Anyone with a passing knowledge of politics knows that the liberal wing of the Supreme Court believes the Constitution is “a living document,” meaning that it is meaningless. Because of the Supreme Court, porn and filth pollute our televisions and internet (Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition). Because of the Supreme Court, abortion is legal for nine months (Roe v. Wade), gay marriage is legal (Obergefell v. Hodges) and corporations can confiscate the houses of working people for corporate interests (Kelo v. City of New London). Because of the Supreme Court illegal immigrants have the right free health care and free education (Plyler v. Doe).
A mindless Supreme Court decision (Dred Scott v. Sandford) caused the Civil War by saying blacks were not human beings. Another senseless decision (Plessy v. Ferguson) encoded segregation. Supreme Court justices do not interpret the law. They make it up. This is why Supreme Court choices are more important than Presidential elections in determining public policy.
Justice Ginsburg admitted as much when she said ““I don’t want to think about that possibility [Trump winning], but if it should be, then everything is up for grabs.” She further added “I’d love to see Citizens United [the case that allowed corporations to give large amounts of money to political candidates] overruled.” She also stated, “I thought Heller was a very bad decision.” District of Columbia v. Heller was a 5-4 decision that vindicated Second Amendment rights. For a sitting Supreme Court justice to comment on potential cases is considered to be a violation of judicial ethics. But liberals who support Justice Ginsburg have no interest in judicial ethics. They are merely concerned that her honesty will make rule by judicial fiat more difficult politically.
I never liked Justice Ginsburg because I disagreed with her judicial philosophy. But when she told the truth, I became a grudging fan. At least she was honest. But according to famed political pundit Michael Kinsley, “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.” Justice Ginsburg is nothing more than a politician in judicial robes. She told the truth and now she has given a groveling apology for doing so.
Jim Weinberg says
I grudgingly like you but wow this rambles all over the place and in the end I can’t tell if you approve or disapprove of the judge, is it proper for her to have come out and told ‘the truth’ at least as she and you(??) perceive it. Are u suggesting she over stepped or not? You suggest you approve of her because she told the ‘truth’ yet I see nothing in her statements that border on ‘truth’ ; all I see is twisted liberal fantasy and position taking, or at best, her personal opinion. I think we would be well without her and New Zealand can deal with her..if she was ‘truthfully’ considering New Zealand I would find that comforting but like everything else she said I believe it’s nothing but rhetoric and her only reason for speaking out is she fears remaining in the minority on the court should Trump be elected.
Feel free to share this with your audience! I’m sure I don’t stand alone.
Again, I agree with your solid logic and reasoning. I also understand that psychology can not be ignored. Culture and human nature are real and will greatly influence society whether we like it or not. All of this had little to do with solutions. This may be as good an answer as any; “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
Dr. Bette Gebrian says
The Sisters in Jeremie celebrated a joyous weekend as Mother was Canonized a Saint in Rome. They came to our house at 2am and watched it live.
Tonight they called me. Sister Abba, a good friend of both of our died today after a short illness.
She came to visit a few months ago and said she would leave Jeremie for Port-au-Prince because she had some health issues. She was about 70 years old.
She told me (again) the story of how she was shot at close range, twice, by a young man she was helping in Gonaive. She crossed her arms at her chest and that is what saved her. She forgave the man. He died sometime later on.
She continued to be joyous, a bit overweight and happy with her life. I will miss her. I thought you would like to know.