Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has consistently rejected partisan politics, saying she was effectively breaking free from the staleness of partisanship that was holding America back.
“I am not for every partisan political movement. I know I am a regular voter, I vote for Democrats, and I vote for Republicans and all sorts of parties,” she wrote in an open letter in April.
Ginsburg, a liberal icon who is retiring from the court, has also demonstrated a pragmatic style that is often overshadowed by her liberal colleagues. That set her apart among liberals, who have succeeded in retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a longtime Republican appointee, and her Democratic counterparts, who have distinguished themselves by doing just the opposite.
In the past, Ginsburg has criticized Republican-supported efforts to limit access to health care for low-income Americans, who would be denied coverage under an American Dream initiative of Trump and Republicans. In 1996, when the nation faced the possibility of an entire generation of children dying from Childhood Cancer as a result of inadequate medical care, Ginsburg resigned from the legal staff of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In 2014, Ginsburg backed right-to-work legislation, which would limit unions’ ability to organize workers, in the face of widespread opposition and voter controversy in the manufacturing state of Michigan. The Justice in that instance took the unusual step of speaking out on a Democratic leader’s behalf against Michigan’s right-to-work legislation.