The prophetess Ruth (Bader Ginsburg)

Golden calf, close-up

From the Book of Ruth (Bader Ginsburg):

Globalization and automation oppressed the blue collar workers and they cried unto the Lord. “We are suffering mightily.” Prosperity had left them, but had promised to return.

When the blue collar workers saw that prosperity delayed returning, they gathered together, and said unto them themselves, “Come, let us make a demagogue with golden hair that shall go before us; as for American values of justice, fairness and equality, the principles that brought us up out of the land of Britain and into the sun, we do not know what has become of them.”

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]She dwelt in the Court Supreme near the river Potomac: and the children of America came up to her for judgment.[/pullquote]

They said unto each other “Break off the golden principles which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them.” So all the people broke off the principles of justice, fairness and equality. They took the remains of their golden principles, and fashioned them into hatred of Muslims, hatred of Mexicans, hatred of anyone who did not look just like them, and molded them into Donald, the Golden Calf.

Then they said, “This is your god, O America, that will bringing you out of the land of Despair!”

Lo, Ruth, a prophetess, judged America at that time. She dwelt in the Court Supreme near the river Potomac: and the children of America came up to her for judgment.

Ruth sent and called CNN and The New York Times before her, and said unto them:

Hath not our Founding Father Alexander Hamilton commanded us to avoid faction, saying, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

And Ruth said unto to America, “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald the Golden Calf as our president.”

And the Elders of Media mounted their high horses and cried, “Go, get down. You have corrupted yourself! Only men like Antonin Scalia have leave to flaunt their partisanship. Only the entire Court in Bush v. Gore is allowed to make a mockery of the separation of the Court and the Executive Branch.”

But the prophetess Ruth would not relent:

“Donald the Golden Calf has no consistency about him. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego. … How has he gotten away with not turning over his tax returns? The press seems to be very gentle with him on that.”

Donald the Golden Calf is an affront to Our Founding Fathers who are wroth in their graves, rending their clothes and hair, crying out, “They have turned aside quickly out of the way in which we led them. They have made themselves a golden idol, and worship it saying, ‘Bigotry is our God, that made America Great and will make it Great again!”

But the prophetess Ruth rallied the people putting them in mind of conservative philosopher Edmund Burke who chastised, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Hear, O America, the words of our Founders, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Yea, we have been vouchsafed the prophetess Ruth, a Justice who begs us to cast down the false idol of Donald the Golden Calf and the evil that he preaches.

We must listen!

  • yentavegan

    Dr. A…You are a freakin’ genius. I am laughing in agreement and I dig the biblical references…could another career as Rabbi be on your lists of things to do?

  • Are you nuts

    I was glad to see Ginsburg acknowledged her remarks were ill-advised. I agree with everything she said, but I wish she hadn’t said it!

  • Who?

    Is is usual for sitting judges in the US to insert themselves into political dialogue in this way? As an Australian I find it quite unusual. Occasionally a retired judge will dive in concerning political issues but sitting judges mixed up in politics is considered very much a no no.

    Hard to argue with what she says, and the Donald’s response was both outrageous and predictable, which is alarming.

    • Nick Sanders

      I’ve only been old enough to really follow along for the last few election cycles, but I don’t think it’s usual. On the other hand, not much of anything about this election has been usual.

      • Zornorph

        It’s extremely unusual – without precedent, really. By doing so, she’s put herself in a position where any cases involving Trump, she wouldn’t be able to rule on.

        • The Bofa on the Sofa

          Not without precedent.

          http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/ruth-bader-ginsburg-donald-trump-supreme-court-politics-history-214044#ixzz4EOn0J09N

          As recently as election night, 2000, when NBC declared for Democratic candidate Al Gore, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told the guests at an election party that the Democrat’s election victory was “terrible.” (Of course, her criticism was a little premature, as we now know.) She then went on to participate in making sure nothing so terrible would happen, casting the crucial fifth vote in Bush v. Gore without blinking an eye. O’Connor had a long history of rooting for the Bushes in presidential elections. In 1988, she wrote to longtime political ally Senator Barry Goldwater, in a letter now in his public archives, that she “would be thankful if George B wins. It is vital for the Court and the nation that he does.”

          Of course, when O’Connor decrees that “it is vital for the court and nation” that GWBush wins, and calls Gore’s apparent win “terrible,” not only is it not a travesty, she wasn’t even criticized for not recusing herself from the subsequent Supreme Court case on the issue.

          It’s because the right wing controls the narrative.

          • Megan

            I have to say, though I know it’s unpopular, that I find it kind of funny that we pretend that SCOTUS judges are truly impartial. I mean, if that were really true, it wouldn’t matter which president nominates them; they’d all be the same. Instead, they are nominated by the president specifically to NOT be impartial.

          • The Bofa on the Sofa

            It’s ok to be partial, you just have to stay in the closet.

            I mean, Scalia spent his off-season hanging out with all his GOP buddies in Texas. You think the hunting retreat where he died was filled with liberals opposed to the NRA?

            But no one knew he was doing it, so it was ok.

          • Megan

            Oh I know. It’s all pretense and the pretense is expected of one side more than the other. How much would I love to have a beer (or two or three) with RBG…

    • demodocus

      I don’t recall one ever commenting about an election other than their own (some state/local judges are elected.) and I’ve been paying attention since the 80s. (Mom was hugely active in politics)

    • Megan

      Well, Antonin Scalia was seen shaking his head in disagreement with one of Obama’s State of the Union speeches IIRC. Don’t know if that counts. Certainly RBG’s comments are more blatant, but everything about this election seems unprecedented.

  • Zornorph

    I’m no fan of The Donald, but I wish this sort of straight-up politics wouldn’t get posted here. I hear it in so many other places, I sort of come here to get away from it.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Donald Trump isn’t a politician. He’s a mediocre (probably crooked) businessman who inherited (and lost) most of his wealth. Much like the other GOP candidates, his campaign was really a book tour which accidentally gave him the Republican nomination. The GOP favored Marco Rubio and John Kasich but thought they would be beaten by Ted Cruz. Donald Trump’s success actually came as horrible shock to them. The Donald is in this campaign to promote Trump merchandise and rake in speaking fees (Trump’s averages $117,000 per speech).

      http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/2016-book-race-gop/2015/01/30/id/621851/

      http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-12-04/the-literary-primary-how-the-gop-candidates-2015-books-stack-up

      • The Bofa on the Sofa

        Donald Trump isn’t a politician. He’s a mediocre (probably crooked) businessman who inherited (and lost) most of his wealth.

        I like Trump’s approach to race relations. He understands the challenges faced by black people, because, you know, the system is stacked against him.

        Because, you know, the system is so totally stacked against people who inherit hundreds of millions of dollars. I mean, they didn’t even let his dad give him a sham loan to bail him out to keep his Atlantic City casino afloat. Multi-millionaires have had this major issue with oppression over the history of America. Just like black people.

        I hope Clinton brings that up in a debate at some point, how the system is stacked against those who inherent hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • Amy

    Did you see The Donald’s reaction today? If I hadn’t already thought he’d lost it, I’d know now. He is DANGEROUS.

  • nomofear

    Agreed. We also need to let elected leaders know how we feel about the laws before them.

  • Nick Sanders

    Anyone else see this article, or other news, about the horrors of the GOP platform this election?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/us/politics/republican-convention-issues.html

    • Megan

      Was just reading this as you posted. I no longer even recognize the Republican party. They want to party like it’s 1899. Disgusting.

      • Megan

        After this, I feel very compelled to vote straight Democratic ticket.

        • Daleth

          Me too.

    • Michele

      I had to look at the address bar after I started reading. I momentarily forgot that it was a NY Times article and not The Onion 🙁

  • MI Dawn

    This is fantastic! Hooray for RBG and Dr Amy.

  • TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsYoya

    I very much enjoyed this 🙂

  • corblimeybot

    This is GLORIOUS.

  • Spamamander

    Beautiful.

  • demodocus

    yeah, i’m not voting for him either

  • An Actual Attorney

    This is wonderful. Notorious RBG.

  • Megan

    Long live RBG!! Love it when a strong woman speaks her mind.

  • Empliau

    Well, not the entire court in Bush v. Gore – only five of them.