RBG: An eternal legend of the law

Upon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, many glazed over her death to begin a game of tug-of-war to figure out when her spot in the Supreme Court would be filled. A person who commits to a lifetime of servitude should receive more than just a tweet wishing thoughts and prayers.

On Sept. 18, the world lost a historically significant life. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer, a condition she had been dealing with on and off for over two decades, as reported by USA Today.

The news of Ginsburg’s death broke the hearts of millions of Americans. During one of the most trying times in the history of the United States, the last thing we needed was Ginsburg leaving the Supreme Court.

The year 2020 has brought the nation to its knees with the loss of the legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Bryant, congressperson and activist John Lewis, actress and singer Naya Rivera, beloved actor Chadwick Boseman and so many others.

The tremendous loss COVID-19 has brought, racial tension and deaths of many influential people has kept the nation in a perpetual state of mourning.

All the people want and need is comfort and respite. Yet, politicians stop at nothing to continue jamming their agendas down the throats of the people and continue work as though everything is fine and dandy.

On the evening of Ginsburg’s death, numerous politicians used her passing as a segue to begin the debate of whether or not her place in the Supreme Court should be filled before or after the presidential election in November.

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Doug Collins went as far as to attack Ginsburg for her hand in Roe v. Wade. 

Collins wrote on Twitter, “RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. With @realDonaldTrump nominating a replacement that values human life, generations of unborn children have a chance to live." 

In the same Fox Newsarticle, a screenshot is shown in which Washington Examiner writer Siraj Hashmi replied, “This was your first response to RBG’s passing?” 

Scott Dworkin, founder of the Democratic Coalition added to Hashmi’s comment in his own quote tweet and said, “Doug Collins is celebrating the death of a Supreme Court Justice. Unforgivable. RBG deserves better than this garbage.”

Indeed “The Notorious RBG,” as she was affectionately called, deserves far better treatment after a lifetime of servitude in the courtroom.

She is famous for perhaps the most controversial case of all time in Roe v. Wade, in which she fought for the woman’s right to choose whether or not they want an abortion. Ginsburg also founded the women’s rights branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and empowered women young and old to stand up for their reproductive rights. 

She was, and will forever remain, a feminist icon who fought for equality among all genders, as that is what feminism means.

Ginsburg was subject to adversity throughout her time in college, which spanned from 1956 to 1959, to when she began her career in the early ’60s, which did not necessarily take off immediately. Oyez, a multimedia archive dedicated to the Supreme Court, states that Ginsburg was discriminated against while attending Harvard Law School “from even the highest authorities there, who chastised her for taking a man’s spot at Harvard Law.”

Despite her exceptional academic record, Ginsburg had difficulty finding a job after graduating due to the crippling social norm that was gender discrimination.

Eventually she found a job as a clerk under the United States District Judge Edmund L. Palmieri. She stayed there until she was offered jobs at different law firms that would pay her much less than her male colleagues and counterparts, and she joined the Columbia Project on International Civil Procedure.

That is when her career took off and Ginsburg became well-known for her calculated dissents and for being a fiery justice of the law. 

She touched the hearts and minds of many who saw her strength and determination to fight for equality for all.

It is truly difficult to see people like Representative Collins who do not hesitate to bash a person for different opinions, even after they have died from complications of cancer. The death of a widely admired person should not pave the way for a person to march forth with their own political agenda. It is especially inappropriate when the country is constantly mourning. 

No matter what political ideologies one subscribes to, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an astounding person who deserves to be celebrated for the lifetime of hard work she dedicated to justice, rather than used as a post-mortem political tool.