The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not unexpected, but it was a shock, nonetheless. Even though we knew she was fighting a long and courageous battle against cancer, we all knew that death was possible. But when it came, the ramifications of her death burst into high relief.
Ginsburg was the beloved champion of gender equality over her long career as a lawyer, a judge, and finally, as justice on the Supreme Court. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and she was the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
She served in that position for twenty-seven years, until her death. There is no such thing as a ‘timely’ death. No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, when death comes, it is a shock. It is never timely for those who are left behind.
Ginsburg believed in her country and saw it through liberal eyes. And although her opinions frequently conflicted with those of her fellow justices, she stuck stubbornly to her positions and fought valiantly for what she believed. She will be missed by those who respected her and loved her for what she stood for and for her courage in the face of the disease that finally took her life.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., said of Justice Ginsburg,
“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague.”
She will no doubt be remembered as what Chief Justice Roberts called “a tireless and resolute champion of justice”.
Justice Ginsburg held on to her seat on the court until the very end. And now that she is gone, the fight to replace her on the Court is just beginning.
National Public Radio (NPR) reported that just days before her death, she told her granddaughter,
“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”
This story has not been verified, but the fact that she wanted to hold onto her seat until a Democrat was in the White House is hardly news.
But this is a decision that the Senate must make, and the ramifications of that decision, whatever it will be, will be monumental. Whichever way it plays out, the history of this country hinges upon it, because it is inextricably entwined in the political struggle relating to the upcoming Presidential elections.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at a time when the country is being torn apart by street riots, lawlessness, and deadly fights between the right and the left. It is a time when the hatred of the Democrats against the Republicans and particularly against the President, has spilled over into cities around the country, where riots, looting, burning, and violent attacks against the police are the order of the day.
America is less than seven weeks away from the most important presidential election in our lifetime, and the country is tottering on the brink of a civil war. This new controversy may be just the thing that pushes us over the edge.
A great deal depends on what Mitch McConnell decides to do. Justice Ginsburg’s death is going to ignite a firestorm around whether a new justice should be nominated before the November election, or not until after the winner of the election is sworn in on January 20th, 2021.
There is a precedent for waiting. When Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly in 2016, Republicans had a majority in the Senate and McConnell held up the nominations of Judge Merrick Garland, appointed by President Obama, for ten months. McConnell refused to hold hearings or take a vote until after the 2016 election. But on Friday, he said unequivocally that, “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate”.
The Democrats and the Republicans have been at loggerheads for the last four years. And the radical left, rioting in our cities and destroying whatever they can, are leading us into a conflict that we will not be able to turn back from.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death may be the proverbial straw that breaks the back of law and order in the United States, and leads us into a mighty civil war between the radical agitators of Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and anarchists who have taken over our streets, and the people of America who believe in the Constitution and the vision that it gave to generations of Americans who built this country and the immigrants who came here in search of a better life.
There is no middle ground on this decision. President Trump will need to use every bit of insight and skill to defuse the bomb that is about to go off and hurtle our country into civil war. Our future and the future of our beloved country depends on it.