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The Notorious RGB

From Politico: courtesy of Getty Images


Courtesy of the Huffpost, I’m linked to Politico’s  wide ranging article with the Notorious RBG —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She is chief among the liberal minority.  She has a sharp mind and intellect.   Calls for her to step down from the Court due to her age (and the current President’s party affiliation) has been mostly ignored by the octogenarian.

As you read the article you wonder why anyone would want this justice to ever leave the court. Ginsburg covers everything from…


“Whatever the polls say about the court, we stand much, much higher than either of the other two branches. I think people are disillusioned with our government’s inability to work and that spills over to the court because we are part of the government.”


Money in politics:

“One of the problems is that redistricting has led to safe seats for one party or the other. Still I think the biggest mistake this court made is in campaign finance, which Justice [Sandra Day] O’Connor could have saved us from. She left. Justices O’Connor, [John Paul] Stevens and [David] Souter (who supported campaign finance regulations) were Republican voters from the time they could vote and came from families that were always Republican. It should be increasingly clear how [money] is corrupting our system, and it is spreading in states that elect their judges.”

Civil rights:

Ginsburg recalled the Burger Court’s unanimous landmark ruling in 1971 in which the justices, led by Chief Justice Warren Burger, a Nixon appointee, embraced the powerful legal tool known as the “disparate impact” framework for uncovering discriminatory policies that are neutral on their face but disproportionately harm minorities.

In that ruling (Griggs v. Duke Power), Burger spoke of “built-in head winds” for minorities, she said. There was then a sensitivity that the requirement of a high school diploma for a janitor’s job, for example, would inevitably screen out black applicants.
“It was a very influential decision and it was picked up in England,” Ginsburg recalled. “That’s where the court was heading in the ’70s.”

The article goes on to discuss hobby lobby, women’s rights, gay rights and more.  It’s a fascinating read.  Check it out.

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