Fighting on the edge of chaos, she has left us.
As the United States burns and perishes in a myriad of ways, the 87-year-old, 25-year SCOTUS justice has finally succumbed—on the evening of Rosh Hashana, no less.
She lived as a Tzedek and then capped her legacy by dying as one. This tiny woman, who stayed on the bench through cancer and the ebb and flow of modern history, is now crowned as a righteous catalyst for the change that must come—quickly.
But before her frail body even grows cold, the ghouls of the Right conspire to replace her with a lesser person. While that might describe just about anyone, the GOP’s salivating eagerness to fill her seat on the bench only weeks away from a presidential election is well beneath contempt.
I have not forgotten the obstruction that accompanied the selection of Merrick Garland by President Obama as a successor to Anthony Kennedy. I haven’t forgotten the obstruction that facilitated Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the United States Supreme Court. And I have not forgotten that Kavanaugh is so far below the expected standard for a Supreme Court justice that his position on that court would be risible was it not so abjectly tragic.
In 2016, Lindsey Graham practically threw himself on the railroad tracks and begged to be tied to them, insisting that Garland could not possibly be put on the bench during an election year. And yet, today, he joins the chorus of ghouls baying for the immediate provision of a warm body to fill a gap which will never be filled adequately by an untried, unaccomplished ideologue in the order of a Kavanaugh.
At the time he insisted that a replacement for Kennedy be delayed, Graham also invited Americans to hold him accountable for his words, should he ever go back on them. Well, he has. So, I hope at least a few million of you will RSVP our old friend, Lindsey.
Notorious RBG has left the building, prompting a frenzy and fear of a bleak life for the women she fought for from the bench.
Roe vs. Wade is on the line. There have even been rumblings from the fringe about Brown vs. Board of Education. Because now, this pillar of constitutional democracy is gone. Her frail body can no longer stand between the people of the United States and the unmitigated evil that threatens to subsume all the country was created to stand for.
The Tzedek of the Supreme Court has passed. If her memory is truly for a blessing, then may that memory compel Americans to defend themselves at the ballot box.
May Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy stand as the first sign of the change that must now come. Quickly.