Americans deserve better than seriously ill 87-year-old
Years ago there was a televised game show known as ‘Beat the Clock.’ The premise involved contestants trying to complete challenges to win prizes before the clicking clock ran out of time. Justice Ginsburg must have been a fan.
According to this terse May 5, 2020 press release from the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is back in the hospital. What appears to be a serious condition, especially at age 87, is made to sound like a walk in the park. She’ll be teleconferencing oral arguments from her hospital bed, we are told. Ginsburg earlier survived several bouts of colon and pancreatic cancer.
Two previous press releases attest to her deteriorating health, this one dated August 23, 2019. After three months of silence the next “update” was November 23, 2019. Promised further updates from PIO Kathleen Arberg were never posted. Apparently the American people are looked upon as mushrooms, by the SCOTUS PR Department. Our role is to be kept in the dark and fed manure.
In 2018 Ginsburg stated her intention to stay on the court for five more years, hoping to surpass what she believes to be President Trump’s time in office. She pointed to the example of Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired at 90.
“I am sure she wants to stay on the court until the end of the Trump presidency if she can,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school at the University of California, Berkeley, and a liberal who called on Ginsburg to retire in 2014, when Barack Obama was president and Democrats controlled the Senate.
The undercurrents are many. Ginsburg, a radical leftist former ACLU lawyer, was appointed to the high court by Bill Clinton. Her dream, that never materialized, was for her successor to be appointed by Hillary Clinton, another blunderous miscalculation since Donald Trump clobbered the scandal-plagued Democrat standard bearer.
Meanwhile, the ancient extremist, who has been videotaped saying she’s not a fan of the U.S. Constitution, and has fallen asleep when she’s expected to be alert, continues to hang on by a tenuous thread, hoping demented Biden will name her replacement.
Her glib reason for falling asleep during Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech was that she’d had too much to drink before attending and “was not 100% sober.” (video admission.) The political double standard was evidenced by newscasters who found that comment to be humorous. Does anyone believe their reaction would have been the same if those words were uttered by a 90-year-old Republican justice? CNN slickly dubbed the outrageous episode “Power napping.”