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Monday, September 21, 2020

I haven't  read any of the coverage directly related to the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

I don't have the energy to break down crying in public.

So these thoughts are fully mine without input from others.

The loss of RBG is the loss of someone who fought on behalf of individual people and their rights. She wasn't fulfilling an ideological role -- as much as equality is an ideology.

She didn't take on battles about political differences and political platforms. What RBG wanted was for individuals in U.S. society to be treated the same and have the same rights as others.

For most of her career, that concentration focused on women's rights in the work place and society. She stood on the shoulders of women in the United States going back to the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. But for all those giants and the following Suffragettes, I would argue RBG was the most successful because she fought in the trenches of the men -- the U.S. judicial system.

And she won.

She continued her fights all the way up to the most male of bastions -- the U.S. Supreme Court.

I love she was physically diminutive because it belied her massive intellect, her unwillingness to back down. Ruth Bader Ginsburg took on all comers and didn't brook bullshit.

I remember reading a story about a new Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch pompously announcing from the bench during a case about how perhaps the justice had forgotten about the Constitution and began a rant about the case in front of them. A frail and seemingly disengaged Ginsburg said directly into her microphone, "Where did one person, one vote from?"

Gorsuch shut up.

What I fear the most is we shall not see her like again.


1 comment:

  1. As a little kid, I would wonder about a woman’s name, as I noticed they were all introduced or went by Mrs. (insert husband’s full name.) A decade later, I saw that a woman’s place was in the home, attending her husband’s business and whim. If she ventured into the work place, a man’s grope upon the buttock was a picadillo not worth the attention of the law. If she had a job or a position in an education curriculum, it was because a man did not want it. Children were an albatross in the hiring process. Pregnancy was cause for instant termination. RBG experienced alla this. In addition to ethnic prejudice.

    In a series of cases before the Supreme Court, each built upon the last, RBG single handedly fixed this.

    Then Jimmy Carter put her on the Circuit Court. Bill Clinton made her a Justice in 1994, where she remained a steadfast champion of the individual, right up to the very moment of her death. I cannot think of anyone else who had a more profound effect on this country.