Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Borrowing Trouble

“… instead of celebrating the storied life of a great American woman, the left has chosen to bemoan the fact that the seat vacated by Justice Ginsberg will be filled with a man or woman nominated by the worst human being to ever walk the face of the earth … Donald Trump.”

Ruth Bader GinsbergI remember well the morning of November 9, 2016. My Facebook feed was blowing up with the mournful cries of “What will we tell our children?” and “Our sense of safety and security has been destroyed!” The left lost their collective minds and began marching in the streets, demanding that the newly elected president resign immediately since he didn’t at the time—nor would he ever be—fit to hold public office. He was a homophobe, a racist, a misogynist, a xenophobe, and just an all-around bad man. World War III was imminent! LGBTQ communities would be forced back into the closet! Black people would be relegated to pre-Civil War status! The whole world was going to end!

Yet, here we are. The bad man is still in office, and none of that stuff happened. No wars, no diminished rights, no retroactive slavery. But that doesn’t stop the left from borrowing trouble.

Because that’s what they do to stay relevant.

One of the most well-respected, hardworking, and trailblazing members of the judiciary passed from this life into the next. The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg, notable member of the Supreme Court from 1993 until her death yesterday, did more for gender equality and women’s rights than any other former or present-day member of the Supreme Court. Her resume is beyond impressive, her work ethic unparalleled, and her ability to forge ahead under extreme duress is nothing short of remarkable.

But instead of celebrating the storied life of a great American woman, the left has chosen to bemoan the fact that the seat vacated by Justice Ginsberg will be filled with a man or woman nominated by the worst human being to ever walk the face of the earth … Donald Trump.

Oh, the humanity.

Here are two arguments against the left’s disproportional reaction:

  1. Had Justice Ginsberg felt that her successor should be a person nominated by a sitting president with a ‘D’ after his or her name, she would have resigned during the Obama administration so he could have replaced her with a like-minded jurist. She was battling health problems even then, and if her motive was to keep the court on the left side of things, she would have bowed out. As it stands, she remained on the bench, possibly because she is more knowledgeable about constitutional law than 99.9% of the American citizenry.
  2. As part of that American citizenry, if you or any of your comrades on the left were slobbering in your own drool during your ninth-grade U.S. government class, you probably remain unaware that there are three branches to our federal government—executive, legislative, and judicial, each designed to balance the laws that promote a democratic society and uphold the Constitution. Checks and balances … ring a bell?  Ruth knew the judicial branch was only one leg of the three-legged stool; ergo, she chose to remain on the bench, knowing that her “spot” would be vacated and subsequently filled on her terms. Truthfully? Whoever Mr. Trump nominates to fill her vacant seat will, in all likelihood, not affect your life one iota.

(Quick quiz: Can you name all ___ justices of the Supreme Court?)

The bottom line is this: If you’re so fragile that the thought of President Trump nominating a conservative judge to replace The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg has completely ruined your life (much like your 2016 reaction to the election of President Trump), you probably need to reevaluate your priorities in terms of what you choose to get twisted up about.

Instead, why not live your life emulating the strength and wisdom of a great American? Hell’s bells, there’s a lot more you can do within your community to preserve your life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I may not have agreed with her on all her opinions, but I certainly admire the path she forged for me, my daughters, and my future granddaughters.

Stop borrowing trouble.




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Following my years as an elementary and middle school teacher, I decided I wanted to spend the second half of my life just writing. Currently, I work as a technical writer for a software company, fulfilling my passion for writing and editing, and in between the times I'm trying to figure out how to put really complicated ideas into words the rest of the world can understand, I write novels. The Gym Show, published in March 2014, is my first novel. I'm already half-way through with my second novel--a title soon to be revealed. The creative side of me loves to write, but the teacher in me loves to edit, so let me help you craft your message, write your articles, mend your prose, and get people to read what you've written. Contact me at

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