Here we are at the point in which we hoped and downright prayed would not happen until at least February 2021. Announced by the Supreme Court this Friday night was the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from “complications from metastatic pancreas cancer.” As one of the most iconic and memorable judges whoever sat on the Supreme Court, her passing has come at a pivotal time. The longtime stalwart liberal justice, and proud feminist icon was 87 years old. She reportedly passed surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C. The Court also announced that a private interment service will be held for Ginsburg at Arlington National Ceremony.
In 2020 societal apocalyptic fashion (you know there’s still a pandemic going on), we’re in the middle of an election year and Trump would have it no other way than possibly naming a replacement soon per, early reports— of course. Obviously, the ramifications of Ginsburg’s death is unfathomable. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also has already took to seemingly announcing his abandoned of his stance from 2016 (the cynical stance he took towards President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, not surprising in the least), providing a written statement on today that Trump’s nominee “will receive a full vote in the Senate:”
Senator McConnell in a new statement on the passing of Justice Ginsburg: “President Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate.” pic.twitter.com/Ll70aFnaYA
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 19, 2020
Chief Justice John Roberts celebrated Ginsburg’s legacy in a statement: “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Meanwhile, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, has made it clear that the vacancy should not be filled until next year:
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a statement after deplaning this evening stating it plain:
‘Let me be clear: Voters should pick the president. The president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider’: Joe Biden says Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement should be chosen by the winner of the election https://t.co/5asycs5Vi3 pic.twitter.com/rksPFJgxt0
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 19, 2020
Justice Ginsburg’s passing also marks the eve of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah which is said to be even more meaningful, likening her ascension to a divine sainthood. “A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment because they were needed most and were the most righteous. And so it was that RBG died as the sun was setting last night marking the beginning of Rosh Hashana,” posted on twitter by NPR’s Nina Totenberg. Possibly a most beautiful sendoff to a life dedicated to service, known to be a shero to so many women with absolute judicial prowess and a longstanding work ethic towards the progress of our country. Let this not be a time of impending sadness, despair or hopelessness, this is now the time we turn up our fight, proactiveness and energy to get everyone we know registered now to vote and vote early!
Volunteer to work the polls, make donations to the campaigns you believe in and call your local congress to voice your demands. The silver-lining of her passing is that it has invigorated any person who can vote but, felt disfranchised or unmotivated about our choices. Ginsburg’s death is the catapult into the new world we can have by voting for our lives. Take action for your families, friends and neighbors because this is more than an election of a new president, this is about our small (d)emocracy for decades to come. For our children and children’s children and beyond. Her legacy must be lifted up in the light through our actions to do what’s right and just. Notorious RGB wouldn’t want it any other way.
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