Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Thursday. People looking for balance on the high court will sorely miss her. She was a giant in equal rights jurisprudence as a trial lawyer long before her appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.
I did not agree with all her rulings. I think she was too willing to allow the Federal government to accrue power and to nibble away at less popular elements of the Bill of Rights. Sometimes the government needs to be hogtied and gagged. The authority that is allowed the one government by its enthusiastic supporters can quickly become the tyranny imposed by the next government. Left or right makes no difference. The pendulum always swings back.
I understand she got along quite well personally with her polar opposite on the bench, Antoine Scalia. Their disagreements were vast but they never declined into name-calling or sloganism. A lesson both elected branches of the government and both major political parties seem to have forgotten.
It was her willingness to overturn inequitable laws where I thought she shone the brightest. I always side with human rights and civil liberties.
I don’t think she was a champion of women’s rights so much as she was a champion of equal rights. Whether it was for Stephen Wiesenfeld or Mel Kahn or Leon Goldfarb or Curtis Craig, she also saw the unfairness of laws that offered women protections or benefits while denying them to men in the same circumstances.
She will be missed. And so the circus begins.