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What Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Death Means for America

The tribal civil war is about to intensify. Btw, if anyone thinks Old Hag Ruthie was a friend of freedom, liberty, rights, etc, then check out the Bennis v. Michigan case.

By Russell Berman

The Atlantic

A furious battle over a Supreme Court vacancy is arguably the last thing the United States needs right now.

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg today represents a devastating loss for feminists who held up the 87-year-old as an icon of women’s rights, and as a bulwark protecting abortion rights and a wide range of other progressive ideals on a conservative Supreme Court. The Brooklyn-born jurist became one of the nation’s foremost advocates against gender discrimination as a lawyer for the ACLU, decades before President Bill Clinton appointed her to be the second woman to sit on the high court.

But her passing less than two months before the presidential election also tosses one more lit match into the tinderbox of national politics in 2020: It will surely inflame a deeply polarized country already riven by a deadly pandemic, a steep economic downturn, and civil unrest in its major cities.

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  1. Ginsberg’s actions with respect to the U.S. v. Booker case were outrageous. The SC had developed a history of cases, Apprendi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apprendi_v._New_Jersey and Blakely https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blakely_v._Washington which were heading for establishing a very important principle in American jury law, and Ginsberg screwed it all up by joining with TWO DIFFERENT 4-person majorities in Booker. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Booker

    This stunt effectively took back the good work of Apprendi and Blakely.

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