In Memoriam

Irreplaceable. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, R.I.P.

Celeste Fremon
Written by Celeste Fremon

The Great Equalizer, the New Yorker’s Jill Lapore called her, making the case that the scholar, advocate, and judge that was Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in many ways, upended the entirety of American political thought.

“Aside from Thurgood Marshall, no single American has so wholly advanced the cause of equality under the law,” wrote Lapore

Chief Justice John Roberts honored his fellow justice more simply but also well.

“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” he wrote.”We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

She changed the world for American women,  tweeted NPR’s Nina Totenberg, who got to claim Justice Ginsburg as her friend.

“Over the years, Ginsburg would file dozens of briefs seeking to persuade the courts that the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection applies not just to racial and ethnic minorities but to women as well,” Totenberg wrote in her obit of Ginsberg, telling the story of how the justice once explained the precedent-setting legal theory that she would eventually sell to the Supreme Court.

“The words of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause — ‘nor shall any state deny to any person the equal protection of the laws.’ Well that word, ‘any person,’ covers women as well as men. And the Supreme Court woke up to that reality in 1971,” said Ginsburg.

SCOTUS was woke courtesy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was 38 at the time.

Below you’ll find a couple of videos that will give you some glimpses into the extraordinary life of the irreplaceable woman who was best friends with the colleague who was, in so many ways, her ideological opposite,  the late Justice Antonin Scalia, and who took delight in the sobriquet she was given in the latter part of her career and life: The Notorious RBG.

Notorious, indeed. She was — is — an American hero, and a staggering legal talent who, at 87,  left behind a legacy of equality, empathy, and a call to courage and justice.

May all of us of any ideological stripe strive to be worthy of her, and her ferocious compassion.

Rest in Power, dearest Ruth. We are grateful to you beyond expression.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia


  • RBG is 100% replaceable. Ginsburg clung to her position literally until she died. She was eighty-friggin-seven. Typical boomer move. If she had retired seven years ago (like a sensible person) Obama could have filled her seat.

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg changed the face of the American woman. All of her life, she advocated for women, children, the poor, and the disenfranchised. She was a giant in juris prudence, who will not easily be replaced. She was a small, diminutive women with a spine of steel, and a sense of fun and laughter. Rest in peace dear Ruth and forgive the haters.

  • Condolences for Judge Ginsberg and her family and all due respect for her career and accomplishments. But what kind of government allows someone to “literally die in office”? Justice Ginsberg had been sick for a long time with a disease that has taken down people half her age. It’s highly doubtful “she suddenly took a turn for the worse” but was instead malingering for quit some time and being propped Up as long as they could to prevent President Trump from filling her seat on the court. Was this a selfless act, political act or selfish act? Only Justice Ginsberg knows that. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who was appointed by President Reagan actually stepped down from the bench and did something many political dinosaurs in our government won’t do, she “retired”.

    Thank you for serving until the death Justice Ginsberg.

  • Um, wait and see, Judge Ginsburg certainly had the right to be an advocate and good for her, those are noble causes. But advocacy stops at the chambers door and unbiased judgement begins. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case. May she rest in peace.

  • 925, congratulations, you are the first hater to chime in. I’m sure it brings your petty life great pleasure and is, no doubt, one of your biggest accomplishments this year. No one is indispensable; history has taught us that. However, anyone, regardless of political inclination, who knows anything about this woman, what she accomplished, must admit women, or men, like this are few and far in between. This woman was more of a man than all the racist, haters on this blog, including you. Although only slightly over 5′, the woman was a giant.

  • It’s the Democrat way. They cling to power..till death do they part. (most) Democrats don’t care what is good for the country, they only care what is good for their party. RBG, as with most members of her Tribe, was a detriment to the well-being of our country. RBG was a communist. She didn’t care about the Constitution. RGB stood for the total annihilation of millions of unborn children with absolutely no recourse for male parents. They call this “a woman’s right to choose”. But watch how a woman’s right to choose quickly gets flushed down the toilet when a woman chooses not to vaccinate her living, breathing child. In that case, she has NO rights. RBG needs to be replaced & NOW. The Democrats mail-in cheating scheme is right around the corner, and the election will be decided by the SC, not votes or electoral college. Right now the SC is either 4-4 or 3-5 depending on the condition of Roberts’ spine.

  • We need to stop elevating politicians and celebrities. They’re just people. They don’t give two shits about you so why do we stop the world when they die?
    Kobe died and people lost their minds. Why?
    He isn’t paying your bills.
    Ginsburg is dead now. It’s not rocket science to read the Constitution and make a fair interpretation of it.
    Stop giving these people more credit than they deserve.
    Nobody is irreplaceable so go back to your own lives and stop crying.

  • wait and see…Well said and amen! The haters would be lucky to have half the intellect and compassion she demonstrated.

  • Marianne – You are so wrong. Educate yourself with fact, not QAnon drivel. And by the way, mail in voting has been around for years. In fact, President Trump uses it despite his recent nonsensical objections. The liar in chief is grasping at straws to again blame anything other than his failures as his time in office nears an end.

  • How did not understanding how anything works become a political movement? What’s a QAnon? You should familiarize yourself with different types of mail-in voting because there is a clear distinction you seem to pretty clueless about that distinction.

  • ” It’s the Democrat way. They cling to power..till death do they part” do you just make thing up from your pea brain ? Of the ten oldest current senators 8 are old fart republicans.

    Chuck Grassley – 87 years old
    Orrin Hatch – – 86 years old
    Richard Shelby – 86 years old
    Jim Inhofe – 85 years old
    Pat Roberts – 84 years old
    Lamar Alexander – 80 years old
    Mitch McConnell – 80 yerars old
    Jon Kyl – 78 years old

    ” The Democrats mail-in cheating scheme is right around the corner, and the election will be decided by the SC ”

    The idiot in white house pushes the fake news about non-existent mail voting fraud.

  • No MS13 is a real and legitimate enemy just like antifa, blm, and liberals.

    The liberal enemy is the invisible virus which they’ve convinced the country will kill everyone unless we shelter and mask up

    Turns out it’s not as deadly as they proclaimed.
    MS13 will rob and kill you.
    BLM will lie, burn, steal, and shame you.
    Liberals will die on the mountain that these groups are not America’s enemies.

    I’ll take my chances with the flu.

  • Ginsburg gave this seat to the Republicans. She knew her health was bad way back during Obama’s term and could have and should have left the court and given him the pick. However, we all know how these judges are and how monumental their egos become the higher up the ladder they climb. I’ve seen these types in Municipal Courts, we all have. They’re lawyers for God’s sake!

    No different than career politicians. She screwed those she cared for the most. Should have rode off into the sunset in 2016 but just couldn’t and live her remaining years in peace and happy times with those she loved most. But no, she was too selfish. Oh well, like Obama said, what was it in 2014…
    “Elections have their consequences.”

  • Fife yes elections have consequences. Just like Trump has cut funding to fight fires in California, let us see how the Trumps farmers get money. I say starve the farmers. Yes elections have consequences.

  • Starve the farmers. Great!

    Yeah…and all the millions of people around the country and around the world who need the food the farmers grow as well. The old “Slice your nose off to spite yourself” strategy. That’ll show em by golly.

  • LOL, are you going to pry through the sliding glass door like the apartment you tried to break into. Thus the restraining order, and subsequently getting fired from LASD.

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