Fervent Wishes

Democrats are turning the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg into Evita.

Within hours of Justice Ginsburg’s demise on September 18, 2020, Nina Totenberg, a longtime personal friend working at NPR reported “Just days before her death, as her strength waned, Ginsburg dictated this statement to her granddaughter Clara Spera: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

Totenberg’s article did not state whether she asked Spera for corroboration of the  statement.

It didn’t take the Democrat activists long.

Kamala Harris, Democratic candidate for Vice President announced. ”We will honor that wish”.

Two days later, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the steps of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY (Ginsburg’s alma mater) with a large poster of Justice Ginsburg and the text of her “fervent wish”.

Almost every single print and television outlet accepted the statement as true.

The word “alleged” disappeared.

Justice Ginsburg has morphed into a Democrat goddess. Announcements  were  mae that her body would lie in state in the Supreme Court and National Statuary Hall.  The New York Times continues to cover her passing in aggrieved headlines. The mourners choose to forget that President Obama wanted her to resign when she was in her early 80s so he could appoint another, younger justice. They ignore that in 2016 she said the president had absolute power to appoint whomever he wanted while he was in office. “That’s their job. There is nothing in the Constitution that says the president stops being president in his last year”, she stated.

Another reason to disbelieve that “fervent wish” story is that it would have been out of character for Justice Ginsburg to have said it. She was a reserved person, cognizant of the role she played on the Supreme Court. While Justices of the Supreme Court are not subject to a Code of Conduct, judges of the lower federal courts are subject to such a code. Canon 5 states ”A judge should refrain from political activity”. Justice Ginsburg was surely well aware of the Canon.

Secondly, such a comment would have been an attack on the constitutionally mandated balance of powers. Justice Ginsburg was a disciplined jurist who knew the law.

President Trump questioned Spera’s statement and the leftist media went ballistic.

“Trump Baselessly Suggests Democrats Fabricated Ginsburg’s Dying Wish
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had said she hoped to not be replaced until the next president is chosen, according to a quote provided by her granddaughter.” screamed the New York Times headline.

The New York Time never explained why Trump’s statement was without basis but the granddaughter’s accepted as true.

Tucker Carlson, FOX News highest rated host said that he didn’t believe that the alleged statement was Justice Ginsburg’s dying wish “for a second”.

Following the skeptical public comments, Spera gave an interview to the BBC. She said she had read the disputed statement back to Justice Ginsburg who, Spera said, had agreed with it. Spera named no witnesses to this scenario. She didn’t offer her laptop for forensic examination. The BBC asked no questions about the fact Justice Ginsburg’s alleged “fervent wish” statement directly contradicted her 2016 statement in which said said the contrary. Neither Totenberg nor the BBS questioned Spera about about her background as an abortion advocate. A brief Internet search revealed “While in law school, she worked on a project to expand access to reproductive care to low-income women as a 2019 Equal Justice Works Fellow. She said about her work: ‘All women-not just those of means-should be able to make the best decision for herself and her family about whether and when to have children without undue state or political interference.”

History may well show that the only “fervent wish” in this story was the Democrats’ wish to protect abortion.

About the Author
Elaine Rosenberg Miller writes fiction and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications and online sites, domestically and abroad, including JUDISCHE RUNDSCHAU, THE BANGALORE REVIEW, THE FORWARD, THE HUFFINGTON POST and THE JEWISH PRESS. Her books,, FISHING IN THE INTERCOASTAL AND OTHER SHORT STORIES and THE TRUST are available on Amazon and Kindle.
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