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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 05:09 PM

Opinion: No decency or respect - from Germany's Deutsche Welle

Hours after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the mudslinging over her successor began. It's shameful how disrespectful the Republicans are when it comes to the fight for power, writes DW's Ines Pohl.

A man kneels before a makeshift memorial on the Supreme Court steps (Al Drago/Reuters)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was anything but squeamish. When it came to fighting for her convictions, the Supreme Court justice was tough and tactically savvy. For decades, she fought for gender equality and against LGBT discrimination. It's what made her both idolized and profoundly hated. There are few people who could cause the current divisions in the United States to become as clearly manifest as she did.

Now she has died at the age of 87 after a long battle with cancer. And the controversy surrounding the issue of her successor shows how deep the political culture in the US has sunk how disrespectfully people and institutions are treated when it comes to the fight for sovereignty over the country's highest court.

The influence of this particular institution cannot be overstated. It decides the moral and ethical principles according to which laws are interpreted in the US whether, for example, abortion will remain legal and whether employers can still be prohibited from discriminating against their employees based on their sexual identity.

Honoring the deceased

There is indeed a lot at stake, and because Supreme Court justices are appointed for life, Bader Ginsburg's replacement could bolster the current conservative majority at the court for decades and cement a clear rightward political shift in the US. Yet decency dictates that you take a moment to pause, mourn and honor the achievements of the deceased regardless of your political views.

These are the practiced traditions that ultimately strengthen democracies and make peaceful coexistence possible despite all differences of opinion. Societies need rules so that they don't fall apart. Respecting the dead is a vital part of that. There is a reason why every culture has developed distinct mourning rituals.

But there are no signs of any of that at the moment in the US. News of Bader Ginsburg's death had barely broken when Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opened the mudslinging over her successor. Donald Trump waited only until the next morning to make clear that the Republicans would do all they could to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat before the November 3 presidential election.

https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-no-decency-or-respect/a-54990178

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:05 PM

1. Think about this. A German news agency feels that they must lecture the right wing....

....nut jobs of the Republican party on the propriety of their words and actions after RBG's death. And they are absolutely on point in their appraisal of the lack of common decency. The pinhead from Georgia, Doug Collins, may be the worst offender, but read McConnell and Trumps statements on Ginsburg's death. No mention of her intellect as a jurist, her skill at crafting excellent opinions. No praise. Just an acknowledgement that she was on the court a long time. These fuckers deserve no mercy when the blue wave brings changes.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:11 PM

2. The invectives

aimed at RBG emanated from the Gingrich degeneration of political discourse that turned civil disagreements into open hatred of all things not Republican.

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Response to The Wizard (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:00 PM

4. +1

I can't wait until that POS stops breathing. I'll be traveling to piss on his grave too. I've been waiting since the early 90's for that one.

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Response to Klaralven (Original post)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 06:29 PM

3. Chump made his list up last week - RGB was on her deathbed!

Of course they have no respect, honor or decency. They could barely contain their glee.


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