(UnitedVoice.com) – When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RGB) passed away on September 18, 2020, America began to learn much more about the iconic liberal justice. While there are major policy and opinion differences that Conservatives have with RGB, there is a lot she did directly and indirectly to aid the conservative movement. Her life and career were important for all Americans.
The former Justice defied many social and political norms. Perhaps chief among them was her deep friendship with former conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. It seems like a relationship that would be doomed to failure. However, they admired each other’s intellectual prowess and talents.
RGB’s Views on Women’s Rights Were Also About Men
Ginsburg had a storied activist career before joining the High Court. Especially on the issue of women’s rights. However, for RGB, it wasn’t about extra rights; it was about equal rights. She often stated in speeches, interviews, and rulings that everyone deserved to be judged on their merits and abilities, not biology.
As an attorney, RGB didn’t focus on gender discrimination from a traditional feminist viewpoint. Instead, she asked men to evaluate how discrimination impacted them. Her work paved the way for men and women to pursue their lives as they wished, a core tenant of conservative thought.
When it came to parenting, she applied the same standard. She never encouraged anyone to put their professional needs above their children. She often called for fathers to be involved with their children alongside mothers. She argued that helping one another was better for everyone – both parents and the children. It’s proven that in a society where two parents raise their children together, society and individuals benefit from loving parents’ interactions with their kids.
RGB’s life example, a lesson all Americans might apply, is the need to find common ground in a world where that is becoming increasingly difficult. In disagreements in public, private, from the bench, or in an opinion, she practiced courtesy and refused to personalize an argument. She recognized that where she disagreed with colleagues one minute, there would be agreement the next.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and career can teach Conservatives how to argue passionately, care deeply and win compassionately. In that regard, we all win in a world that’s become about winning at all costs and reminding the losers they didn’t. Working together can be more valuable than working alone and accomplishing nothing.
RBG helped set the conditions for conservatism to grow and thrive. It might have been from a controversial position she took. However, more times than not, it was through the example of how she lived her life day-to-day and went about her work.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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