Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is 87 years old and still sharp as a tack (when she’s not drinking wine). After being hospitalized last week, she revealed that she’s been receiving bi-weekly chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of liver cancer since May.
This has led some to question the “transparency” of the Supreme Court, which traditionally has been shrouded in secrecy, especially regarding the personal health of its justices. Let me respond to that. Justices are appointed to the high court for life, as specified in the Constitution, for a reason. It’s so the Court, which is the only court specifically empowered in the Constitution, as the third branch of the federal government, can remain independent of the other two, more powerful branches.
The Supreme Court neither enforces, enacts, or creates laws, nor does it perform any positive action. It judges and renders opinions as the forum of last resort for disputes of law that cannot be otherwise resolved. Therefore, the health of its members is its own business, not the business of anyone else in the government.
You can disagree with that point (you’d be wrong), but it’s not my main point. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an elderly lady who deserves respect for her legal career, her family, and because she is a person of worth, like any of God’s children. She deserves more than respect, she deserves honor.
If you are conservative, one of the things you want to conserve is respect for elders. Not just the elders you agree with politically, but all of them who seek, through peaceful and orderly means, to improve and impact the world we live in, the one they’ve lived in longer than we have.
It’s easy to get political when we see that another SCOTUS seat might be “up for grabs” in the 2020 election. It’s easy to play tit-for-tat games on Obama’s Merrick Garland nomination, which went nowhere, and what would Trump do should RBG leave the Court before his term ends? In fact, the Democrats benefit more from this situation than Trump, since they can be better motivated by “but judges!” at this point–look at how Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have worked out for Trump.
But we should not be political when it comes to the health and welfare of the Justices of the Supreme Court. We should, if we pray, pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We should pray that she stays on the Court–and is able to continue in her position–as long as she is able. We should pray for her health, and for her encouragement.
Think if she was your own grandmother. Would you pray for her discouragement and for her health to fail?
In fact, politically, this helps conservatives. Because if we don’t genuinely reflect the values we claim, then we don’t deserve to call ourselves conservatives, and we don’t deserve to win political power.
Pray for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, because it’s the conservative thing to do. If you’re not praying, or thinking, this way, then you’re not conservative.