Dishonoring the wishes of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

William T. Robinson, Jr.

The nation is still mourning the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who succumbed to pancreatic cancer September 18, 2020 at the age of 87. She was a phenomenal woman who made a monumental difference in adjudicating in the best interests of the American people, especially as it related to women having the right to decisions governing their bodies. The justice’s tenacity and   work ethics were legendary, and the respect she received among her peers was more than commendable.

You would think that if one truly respected her and wanted to really show her homage, they would honor her last wish if possible. With all this being said, it is highly ironic and hypocritical that many of the Republican politicians in the Senate, especially  Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham are disrespecting her last wish: to wait  until  after the coming election to replace her vacancy in the event of her death. It was reported that her granddaughter stated that those were her last words.

In the name of decency and all that is righteous and good, why would someone renege on honoring something that simple? Instead they choose to cow tow to party politics or partisan pressure or loyalty. Shame on the culprits! Choosing to ignore what they know in the core of their hearts, minds, and souls is right. There seems to be a nefarious veil hovering above those so quick to dishonor Justice Ginsburg’s memory by ignoring her reasonable request. There is no amount of rationalizing to justify the miscarriage of justice and the disrespect these Republicans are spewing on her memory. Sometimes it is expected to do the right thing, regardless of pressure from others to do otherwise.

The blatant hypocrisy being displayed is a slap in the face to many of the citizens of this country. They look for their elected officials to show some propensity in securing a moral compass. The disregard for manifesting any type of decent and proper decorum in conducting political affairs is becoming too prevalent. It contributes to a growing dislike and distrust for elected, public officials. The virtues of honesty, integrity, and fairness are lacking in too many politicians who fear outrage from their designated support base.

Too many of our current politicians seem snug and unapologetic about taking stances on political positions that are indisputably immoral and unethical. Integrity and honor among so many of these elected representatives have been lost, but the public is partly responsible and complicit in encouraging their actions by not demanding legislation that punishes unscrupulous legislators with harsh penalties, fines or expulsion as deterrents. Malfeasance and conflict of interest have become comfortable and acceptable practices among some politicians due to the lack of consequences, despite public outcry at times.

In fact, in many cases, American citizens continue to keep voting for unscrupulous, immoral, and mendacious legislators. The foxes guarding the hen house are literally out of control, fearing little or no reprisals or repercussions for wrongdoing. They are comfortable lying to the public and pointing their fingers or blaming their opposing political party. They play on the loopholes in laws and policies. That gives them carte blanche to literally get away with iniquities and immoral practices.

We can go on and on pointing out the public displays of blatant disrespect manifested by key politicians who feel protected and supported by their political party. It only fuels disgust and disrespect by  those Americans who still want to sing songs depicting and honoring this country as praiseworthy and great. But then many of our elected politicians make a mockery of all we hold sacred.

Republicans not honoring the reasonable deathbed wishes of someone they claim they honor and revere is just short of what many call ‘sacrilegious.’ They are demonstrating that political party loyalty supersedes morality, integrity and honor when it comes down to doing the right thing.

Make no mistake, congressional Republican senators, you are not honoring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s memory or legacy with your actions to expeditiously move forward to replace her. Ginsberg’s reported last wish is doable and fair—to wait until after the presidential election to vote for her replacement. You would think that they would bow and do the right thing, especially since Republicans refused to vote on Obama’s designated appointee eight months before the 2016 election.

What you say and what you do speaks volumes. Wearing hypocrisy and practicing duplicity have become commonplace for many politicians, especially some of the Republicans in office now. However, you find so many high profile elected officials, especially Republicans, continuing to rationalize and insult people’s intelligence. It is what it is. They could and should do better. Maybe there are no mirrors in their homes, and churches are places they go only to be seen. Doing the right thing should take precedence, overriding pressure by others to do otherwise. Rest in peace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. There are those who truly honor your service and dedication to our country.