Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Here's a few of RBG's worst: either most partisan, least legally established (most activist), or just poor judgement as a human (as well as a judge) sort of things:6 items
- American Legion v. American Humanist Assn. - 1925 Bladensburg ‘Peace Cross’ can stay on public land ruling. This was a win for freedom of religion: a cross is often a secular display and even if it wasn't, respecting a religion (and a tradition) is not the same as promoting it, nor a violation of separation of Church and State. Naturally Ginsburg and Sotomayor took the progressive/anti-Liberty position.
- 2018.08.26 Forgot the 14th Amendment - Do I think it's unusual for a career jurist (such a RBG) to Forget the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, in a prepared talk? And not be able to find the document she's claimed she always has with her? A little inept. But she is an octogenarian who seems to prefer the South American Constitution to our own. But does anyone reasonable doubt that the media would been all over such a gaff, if it had been a conservative jurist: for the racist, lack of professionalism, or cries of senility?
- 2018.07.12 Kavanaugh or RBG - NYT had a snotty tone when intro'ing Brett Kavanaugh's and his record of "diversity". They mentioning the Women, and omitted the other minorities: 6 Asian Americans, 5 African American, and 2 Hispanics. They also omitted that Nefarious RBG has a far worse record for diversity, as that's the bar they would compare everyone to.
- 2018.02.12 Trump Rants - To show her senility (or lack of judgement) runs deeper than her rulings, she openly made hostile statements about a Presidential candidate and her favoritism for the other. Foolish. Her apologists claimed those criticizing her, were attacking her free speech rights -- but that's not the case, they were attacking her judgement in not exercising her right to remain silent. Most intelligent and thoughtful jurists didn't opine on politics is because when they do, they either need to recuse themselves a lot, or they lose the public trust on rulings on cases where they've shown to have a strong political bias. RBG might have lost that trust long ago, but this doesn't help her standing in any way.
- 2012.02.06 South African Constitution - While discussing Egypt's Constitution, she advocated using the South African Constitution as a better model than the U.S. Constitution. A cluster fuck of Social Justice that allows injustice, racism, outlaws capital punishment but not abortion, open borders, a universal healthcare. It's a great compendium of liberal causes, but lousy fucking law, with no flexibility unless it is ignored: which it is, as it must be.
- 2009.07.15 Eugenics support - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine: “Frankly I had thought that at the time [Roe v. Wade] was decided... there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” The comment, which bizarrely elicited no follow-up from interviewer Bazelon or any further coverage from the New York Times — or any other major news outlet — was in the context of Medicaid funding for abortion. (FakeNews is not reporting both sides equally).
I'm not a fan of legislation for things that we wouldn't ruin or end lives over (where laws ultimately end up). Plus, it's like a litmus test for worthiness. Ginsberg is free to show how disaqualified she is to be a rational jurist. Thus history gets to mark her, and her allies, by their actions. Suppressing that gives her future supporters more plausible deniability as to what an embarrassing polemic she's become.