On the night the American people learned of her death, hundreds of women and men gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court. A picture shows them sitting holding a giant sign that said, “Honor Her Wish” The large picture was in The New York Times.
She had dictated the words to her granddaughter before she died. “My fervent wish is that my seat on the Supreme Court will be filled by the next president of the United States. “
On the same night, just a few hours after the announcement, Senator Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader announced that a successor to her seat would be nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the Senate. Minority Leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer responded by quoting Mc Connell’s statement when Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland , Chief Judge of the important D.C. Circuit Court to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia after his death. At that time, McConnell declared that “The American People should decide who fills that seat since we will have a national election within the coming year.” He refused to hold a confirmation hearing and vote in the Senate to confirm Judge Garland during the many months until the next election. Thus, Barack Obama was not able to fulfill his Constitutional role of nominating a successor to Antonin Scalia.
This time there will be a national election in weeks and days. However, Mc Connell said since the senate and president are of the same political party, the Constitutional procedure will be followed. This explanation was criticized by other respected political figures and commentators . They stressed the need for the American People deciding the Trump v Biden 2020 election.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been described as an historic judicial icon by many jurists. Before she was nominated by President Bll Clinton, she had forged a reputation as a lawyer in the courts supporting women’s rights in all areas of American life.
She was one of nine women to enter Harvard Law School in a class of five hundred men in her early years. When the dean entertained the group one afternoon, he told each woman, “You know, you replaced a man in the class.” She never forgot that question.
There are two excellent books about her : Notorious RBG The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik and
In My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Her early years and Lighter side. Major decisions and dissents
Both books reveal her brilliance as a thinker and writer. She liked to write at night when she said “my pen is hot”. Most of her fellow judges and justices have always praised her humanity and openness. She appeared tiny in size sitting next to Clarence Thomas on the bench. His customary silence was a contrast to her strong and compelling decisions and dissents .
RBG will be missed by all who knew her personally and by the people of the United States. … the women especially.
Post Script: The response to Mc Connell and Trump rushing to place another woman on the Supreme Court , one who will be a strong Conservative in favor of ending Roe v Wade has electrified the women of this country. Seventy percent of women are in favor of Roe , guaranteeing the right to abortion. Millions of dollars were donated over the weekend when Mc Connell and Trump made their statements. Donations to Planned Parenthood and to Joe Biden who supports Roe v Wade as established law.
Prediction: Mitch Mc Connell who is tied with Amy McGrath, a former Marine Pilot will lose his seat in the Senate when the women of Kentucky vote him out of office.
Donald J. Trump who continues to trail Joe Biden in the national and state polls will lose the re-election he seeks so desperately, He announced today that he will strive for a THIRD TERM IN OFFICE!!!
Only Franklin Delano Roosevelt served more than two terms during World War II. He died during his fourth term and Harry Truman became president.
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Thanks for summarizing all that has happened since RBG’s death last week. Our country has lost with the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg a dynamo individual who will live forever in American history for her brilliant thinking and contributions to the well being of all of us. As we know, RBG’s last wish will not be honored which is a travesty. However, it is my hope that Trump’s named appointee may suffer some guilt having to fill RBG’s place when she reviews the extraordinary accomplishments of her predecessor. Maybe she may rethink some of her rigid right wing stances that come from her life as a Tridentine Catholic who sees only black and white. I pray the Rosary for this.
What a wonderful tribute to RBG! I really liked reading your account of her life and impact on us all. And I’m sure that RBG sent the fly! Lol