Rest in Power
Today, September 18, marks a day of mourning, solitude, and reflection as we have received news of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At the age of 87, she was battling cancer, but in her usual honorable way was holding onto her position in the Court for as long as she could.
Justice Ginsburg made it clear to the nation that she would fearlessly continue in her role as a vehement member of the left side of the Court out of her commitment to her country, despite long-standing medical concerns. She, like many of us, knew what was at stake should she step down without the possibility of being replaced by another left-leaning Justice.
Justice Ginsburg was many things to this nation both before and during her time as a Justice. She was an activist, an intellect, a feminist, and a patriot; she was well-respected among her colleagues of all ideologies, and she put forth some of the most insightful decisions the Court has seen. As an unquestioned leader of the Court’s left-wing for decades, Justice Ginsburg sat for some of the most monumental decisions of our nation’s history, most notably upholding Roe v. Wade.
We must understand the gravity of the repercussions surrounding the tragic death of this brilliant Justice. With the Court now composed of a 5-3 right-wing majority, and with a Republican majority Senate, Republicans will do everything in their power to nominate a conservative to replace Justice Ginsburg. With only a simple majority vote of 51 Senators needed to confirm a new Justice, we are counting on at least four of our Republican counterparts to be leaders in preventing this from happening.
She held on for us. Now, we must honor her legacy and do everything in our power to requite her wishes of keeping a healthy balance on the Court. Days before her death, she made a final wish: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Let us fulfill her request, as it is the least we can do for a woman who dedicated her life to our country.
May her memory be for a blessing.