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Join Us As We Mourn the Loss of Justice Warrior Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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“My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” This is the last public statement by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020).  She was a champion for gender equality, LGBTQAI+ rights, racial justice and a pop culture icon. She wore a special collar, or jabot, to symbolize her position as a dissenter on cases she considered problematic. She did so vigorously against court rulings in the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 2000 Bush v. Gore. She famously said, “Throwing out pre-clearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” She was referred to as “The Notorious RGB.”
 
Not only are our hearts heavy over the loss of this civil rights icon, her death has set in motion a series of events that will impact the future of the United States. The court is not an ideological institution but must render fair rulings based on the facts of each case. The process of nomination is in danger of losing objectivity. In February of 2018 President Barack Obama nominated judge Merrick Garland 237 days before the 2016 election. Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R - Ky.) refused to allow the Senate to vote on his nomination in an election year. The very night RBG died the Senator stated that he would hold a vote on a Trump nominee with the election only 46 days away.
 
We must cry “fowl!” This lack of political integrity in the process renders void any neutrality on the part of the SCOTUS. It threatens to destroy the ideological balance on the court and throws into disarray the sense that the court is a fair arbitrator of justice. It indicates that one must be a partisan in order to be nominated with pre-determined positions. We need an impartial court as extremely important cases are on the docket this year. A challenge could strip pre-existing conditions from the Affordable Care Act. A woman’s reproductive rights can be taken away if the court overturns Roe v. Wade. Amazingly, the next jurist could be asked to vote and decide a winner for the 2020 election involving a president who nominated him.
 
Pressure must be directed at Republican Senators who are moderates and have voiced concern on abandoning the precedent set by McConnell. Communications to moderate Senators who have voiced concern for the future of the country. The key will be immediate and ongoing advocacy to oppose a vote before February. Contact Susan Collins (R - Maine), Mitt Romney (R - Utah), Lisa Murkowski (R - Alaska) and Cory Gardner (R - Colorado). Senator Murkowski said on Friday, “I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days from an election.”
 
As people of faith, we are guided by the charge Moses gave to the people of Israel, “I charged your judges at that time: ‘Give the members of your community a fair hearing, and judge rightly between one person and another, whether citizen or resident alien. You must not be partial in judging: hear out the small and the great alike; you shall not be intimidated by anyone, for the judgment is God’s.’” (Deuteronomy 1:16-17)  
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