Political Wildfires

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, R.B.G as she was nicknamed, left a significant mark on the law as a feminist fighting for equality. Her legacy is not subjected to a small group of people; it has made an impression on everyday life in America. Her legacy; What she fought for shall not be forgotten.


Ginsburg cast votes supporting America’s ability to get an abortion and to marry someone of the same sex. Two highly debated topics that were and are often fought and debated over. Her legal work dates back to the 1970s when she worked as a litigator with the American Civil Liberties Union. 


During her work in the 1970s, she and others won a string of groundbreaking sex discrimination cases challenging laws that controlled ordinary parts of American life now seemingly far in the past. Those laws suggested narrow and explicit views of gender roles in families. 


Ginsburg was determined to fight against these idolized laws that dictate your role in society and decide for you what you can and can not do. She successfully advocated for many individuals fighting against these laws. Such as, a father who was denied social security benefits after his wife had passed. The law in place stated; that widows were eligible but widowers were not. There are many other examples of these laws that enforce narrow views. Those laws didn’t account for the people in those circumstances; now they do, thanks to Ginsburg. Although she was not limited to those circumstances; Her core argument was equal protection under the law. 


After covering how Ginsburg sat in court and her core values, we must look at where we stand without her. Normally the U.S Supreme Court has nine members to vote on what is brought to them; there is always a tie-breaker if a tie arises. Without Ginsburg, the Supreme Court only has eight members. What does that mean for us? We are looking at the possibility of 4 – 4 splits causing potential compromise. An already increased amount of pressure caused by this year’s upcoming election the tension is this political air is almost suffocating.


When Obama was in office a similar thing happened to him. He had to fill his ninth seat in the supreme court, but he was forced to wait due to the fast-approaching election he had coming. Many believed it should be the citizens’ decision since the election was approaching. Those political people who originally stated that now regret their decision. Trump now has an empty seat everyone seems to have changed their minds and “the citizens’ decision” seems to no longer satisfy them. The election in 2020 is much closer than the 2016 election was and now people are worried about the empty seat? The sudden worry could come from 2020 being in such political heat. The closer to the election we get the more this fire starts to resemble certain wildfires. Our political wildfires seem as though they will never cease; with the BLM movement in full force, the empty Supreme Court seat, no clear answer to whether or not Trump will step down if he loses, and the uproar of the opposing sides of our political army. We can only pray that we won’t burn as fast as the trees.