Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies At Age 87

Written by K. Walker on September 18, 2020

The second woman that was appointed to the Supreme Court died today from complications surrounding her cancer diagnosis.

President Trump’s first remarks on hearing of her death were to honor an incredible woman.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was wildly popular in progressive circles, had been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer earlier this year and began chemotherapy in May, but didn’t reveal it publicly until mid-July.

Justice Ginsberg had successfully defeated cancer four times but lost this last battle.

The Supreme Court confirmed that the 87-year old’s death.

Ginsburg was hospitalized on Tuesday for nonsurgical treatment for a gallbladder condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

The 87-year-old associate justice had experienced several health problems in recent years. She overcame four bouts of cancer over the past 20 years, the same disease that claimed her husband’s life in 2010 and her mother’s the day before her high school graduation. In January, she announced she was cancer-free.

She received radiation treatment for a tumor on her pancreas in August 2019, and in December 2018 she had two cancerous nodules removed from her lungs. During the latter, Ginsburg was absent from oral arguments for the first time during her tenure on the Supreme Court.

Source: Newsweek

While we should prepare for a vicious political fight as President Trump nominates a judge to replace her, let’s take a moment and remember that even if we thought that her political and judicial decisions were wrongheaded, she was a human being made in the image of God. Let’s not let her political statements–our ours–detract from this moment.

Fox News posted a beautiful tribute to Justice Ginsburg chronicling her pretty incredible journey to the Supreme Court.

“People who don’t agree with her policy instincts still think the world of her as a judge. Justice Scalia [the late conservative] once said if he were ever stranded on a desert island with a liberal, he’d want it to be Ruth Ginsburg.”

Clerks and staff described her as a mother figure of sorts, keeping track of birthdays, anniversaries, even dentist appointments. Despite deep affection and a nurturing personality, she was also a stern taskmaster, pushing hard for excellence in the often tedious, detailed-oriented work of the Court: preparing arguments, writing opinions. Ginsburg, friends said, was even harder on herself, often working all night. She has been known to take a flashlight to a movie theater, catching up on her caseload, while still following the plot.

Source: Fox News

The progressive “Notorious R.B.G” and the Originalist Justice Antonin Scalia made an unlikely friendship.

If Antonin Scalia could find something good in her, surely she wasn’t all bad.

But now, back to reality.

NPR reports that as her health was failing, Justice Ginsburg dictated a statement to her granddaughter saying, “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Unfortunately for the late Supreme Court Justice, that’s not how our system works. There is no Article Two provision for the dying wish of an Article Three appointee.

In 2019, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he would nominate a justice in 2020. This will make the Dems go absolutely insane because of the blocking of Merrick Garland’s nomination in 2016.  McConnell said that this would be different than Garland’s nomination because the President and the Senate are from the same party.

The L.A. Times is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have the Senate vote on President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Ginsburg.

Buckle up, it’s going to be rough.

If you think that Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a circus and vitriolic–you ain’t seen nothing yet…

 

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll