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'Mourn Ruth Bader Ginsberg, But Don't Give In To Despair, Fight Like Hell Instead'

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'Mourn Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but donít give in to despair- itís time to fight like hell instead.' By Amanda Marcotte, Salon, Sept. 19, 2020. Alternet. Ed:

- Womens March on Washington, January 21, 2017.

Friday night, when the news of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit, I was struck by the same wave of hopeless despair that anyone who cares about the future of this country felt. Itís not an exaggeration to say that the weight of the world rested on the shoulders of this diminutive 87-year-old woman who had been battling cancer for many years.
With her death, Donald Trump and the Senate Republicans, led by the depraved liar and hypocrite Mitch McConnell, have the power to fill her seat on the Supreme Court with another right wing extremist.
With a comfortable 6-3 conservative majority on the court, the Republican mission to dismantle the already battered remains of our democracy will be protected from the occasional bout of conscience from Chief Justice John Roberts.

Things are bad. Really, really bad. It would be foolish to deny it. We have a reality TV fascist in the Oval Office who has been lawsuit-happy when it comes to his efforts to steal himself a second term against the strong will of the American people, and now heís going to get himself a third Supreme Court justice to grease the wheels. Plus, the uncorking of right wing assaults on human rights ó a situation which seemed dire after Justice Brett Kavanaugh replaced the at-times-reluctant supporter of equal rights, Justice Anthony Kennedy ó are going to spin wildly out of control.
Womenís rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, religious freedom, health care access: These are all on the chopping block now, in ways that will likely make previous assaults seem like a game of tiddlywinks. So I forgive you (and myself) if you need to sit in the corner for a little with a bottle of whiskey, or a good red wine, as Ginsburg would have done. But once weíre done with that, itís time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, get back into it and fight like hell.
It is, after all, what Ginsburg would have done.

Ginsburg earned a reputation for being so tough and accomplished that the hagiography started while she was still alive and able to enjoy it..Being known for such a ferocious tenacity that people canít even believe you could die, even when youíve been hospitalized on and off for months from cancer, is quite the quality. It is this strength that we must channel for what is shaping up to be a fight for democracy itself.
Itís tempting to look at the situation, throw your hands up, and start looking into immigration laws for other countries. But when that urge strikes, I recommend diving into one of the many lengthy obituaries written about Ginsburg..or watch one of movies about her life, if you prefer. Or read ďNotorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,Ē the book that kicked off all the hosannas for the still-living Ginsburg in the past few years.

What youíll find is the story of a woman who looked at a world that seemingly had no space for her or her ideas, shrugged, and forged ahead anyway. She was one of only nine women in her class at Harvard Law. When she graduated, law firms werenít interested in hiring women, especially if they were married mothers or Jewish, and Ginsburg was both. And yet she ended up on the Supreme Court. But even more importantly, she won a series of victories as a feminist lawyer that frankly would seem impossible, if we didnít live in the world she had created by doing so. In the 1970s, Ginsburg argued six ó six! ó cases in front of the Supreme Court, winning five.
As Ian Millhiser of Vox notes, this required arguing in front of a bunch of male judges who sprung from ďa society that was so sexist that many of them had never had a female colleague.Ē These were men whose power and privilege rested, in large part, upon centuries of oppression of women, and like most men of the time, they were aware on some level that womenís equality meant giving up some of that power and privilege...

More, https://www.alternet.org/2020/09/mourn-ruth-bader-ginsburg-but-dont-give-in-to-despair-its-time-to-fight-like-hell-instead/
*'May Her Memory Be A Movement,'* Rolling Stone, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her life fighting for equality. In her honor, writes Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson, we must make her fight our own, 9/19/20

- 'Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsberg.' PBS Newshour.

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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:12 PM

1. K&R

In my travels I have found that the majority of men, even those I thought were progressive, for a time, always proved that they don't want equality no matter how much they try to make you think otherwise.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:19 PM

2. That's my observation and more in the US

over the last 20 years, or I just wasn't following closely enough. So many sexist terms and patterns still around or revived that I thought had ended for good.

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Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:23 PM

3. It's definitely why

I am single and have been 90% of my life. I can't trust them enough to have a close relationship, they always show their stripes in a short while. Never wave off an offense because that's always the first mistake. It usually starts with the words they use along with an attitude that are always a tell.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 19, 2020, 07:46 PM

4. I like asking "equal minded" men the question.....

Would you want to be a woman? I have never heard "yes" as an answer. They know how much it still sucks in the US, and the world.

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