By Gilbert Guru
Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, died Friday, September 23. The tragic death of a woman who shattered glass ceilings for all women in America, relates more to Arizonans than one may have originally thought. Specifically, in relation to our own Senate Race in November.
The death of RBG affects us through response. Martha McSally tweeted 90 minutes after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “This U.S. Senate should vote on President Trump’s next nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.” Ginsburg had been dead for a mere 90 minutes when McSally called for her replacement. The pioneer who is credited with ensuring employers cannot discriminate against women for being pregnant (the Pregnancy Discrimination Act). The woman who, in 1996, led the ruling decision that prohibited state-funded schools from not admitting women (United States v. Virginia). The revolutionary who’s work paved the groundwork for the Equal Credit Opportunity Act of 1974, which allowed for women to have a bank account, credit card, and a mortgage without a male co-signer.
A woman who revolutionized Women’s Rights in America could not be given more than 90 minutes before McSally turned her death political.
However, juxtapose McSally’s response to Mark Kelly’s who tweeted “Justice Ginsburg dedicated her life to making our country more just. She fought cancer with the same ferocity she fought for civil right and left a legacy that impacted women’s right and equal protection under the law – she will continue to be a role model for so many.”
The difference is compassion. The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg demonstrated the soul of our two Senate candidates.
Furthermore, the death of Justice Ginsburg affects Arizonans in relation to her replacement. The Supreme Court is an unchecked branch of government comprised of unelected officials that serve until resignation or death. The American people have no say in who serves on the high court, except through our elected President and Congress.
Likewise, Arizonans have never elected Martha McSally. She was appointed. Do we want her opinion and vote included on who should be on the Supreme Court? No. We should all be advocating for the nomination of Justice Ginsburg’s replacement on the court to be held after the election. Otherwise, our voice as Arizonans will not be fully heard if one of the congressional votes is cast by an appointed representative that the people of Arizona did not vote into office. Our elected Senator needs to be the one to cast the vote representing Arizona—whether it be McSally or Kelly.