Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn’t like Donald Trump. At all. “He is a faker,” she tells us. “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president,” she dished to The New York Times recently.
If Ginsburg were in the Army, she’d be in hot water for those comments. It is a prosecutable offense for any member of the armed forces to publicly speak out against the president or to openly campaign for or against any candidate.
There is a very good reason for this; even the appearance of the military playing political favorites would undermine our Republic. This is one of the main reasons why we as Americans have enjoyed peaceful transitions of power from George Washington to Barack Obama.
Granted, there is a difference between being a soldier and a judge. But isn’t justice supposed to be blind in America? Clearly Hillary walking scot-free after Servergate was a punch to the gut of equal justice for all.
And now along comes Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, publicly hating all over the presumptive Republican nominee for president. What happens if the November election gets thrown into the Supreme Court, a la 2000?
There is no way that Ginsburg could rule on that; she’s already gone out of her way to make it clear that she is overtly biased against Trump, and she doesn’t give a damn who knows it.
The plot gets even stickier when we consider that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president who is running against Trump, also happens to be married to the man who is responsible for elevating Ginsburg to the high court in the first place.
And if Trump is elected president, how would that work out?
As House Speaker Paul Ryan noted: “For someone on the Supreme Court who is going to be calling balls and strikes in the future based upon whatever the next president and Congress does, that strikes me as inherently biased and out of the realm.”
Of course the Democratic Party for the most part has no problem with Ginsburg’s comments. It’s all good as long as the piñata has an “R” after his or her name.
But just imagine the uproar from the left and the media (ok, redundant) if, for example, Justice Clarence Thomas were to make similar public comments about Hillary.
In recent years we’ve been deluged with Servergate, IRS-gate, EPA-gate, Fast and Furious-gate, etc. All were smoothed over with no ramifications to the political elites involved.
But there are ramifications; every one of these miscarriages of justice gradually erodes the fabric of our country.
Any wonder why so many Americans distrust the government?
We don’t need a SCOTUS-gate right in the throes of one of the most contentious presidential elections in our history.
Not that anybody in Washington, D.C., cares a jot about following the Constitution anymore, but Article III Section 1 states that judges of the Supreme Court “shall hold their offices during good behavior.”
Justice Ginsburg, you’ve not only compromised your own integrity, but you’re undermining the credibility of the entire Supreme Court.
Do the right thing and hang up your robes.
Patrick Murray (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) was part of a military-diplomatic exchange program between the Pentagon and Department of State, where he served in the Bureau of Political Military Affairs in Washington, D.C. In 2005, Murray became the U.S. representative to the Military Staff Committee at the United Nations in New York under Ambassador John Bolton. After retiring from the Army in 2009, Patrick became the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Government is the Problem." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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