Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants a less partisan political climate, but it is her own fault she’ll never get it back. Now, it is not just her fault, but the fault of five of our black robed masters who have taken it upon themselves to replace our democracy with an oligarchy (“but we’re a republic!!!”).
Our partisan politics has escalated for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest is the Supreme Court’s decision to make every single issue into an issue of paramount national importance. Regionalism is gone. People cannot live their lives in communities of interest because the Supreme Court says so. Each state’s citizens are unable to have their own moral code because the Supreme Court says so.
The Supreme Court’s decisions to wade into the culture war while concurrently nationalizing a host of other public policies has made every election cycle of paramount importance. It has forced every Presidential election to be a life or death struggle for a host of pet issues that galvanize Americans.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has contributed to this. Ironically, if Ginsburg wanted to defuse the situation the best thing she could do is resign. If a liberal takes her place, the culture war at the federal level would continue. If a conservative took her place, pretty soon we would have a restored federalism where California could have abortion on demand and persecuted Christians and Texas could have pro-life legislation and a state where bakers are not forced to provide goods and services to religious ceremonies they oppose.
But Ginsburg would never do that. She does not see herself as part of the problem, even though she and her colleagues are primarily the problem.