Ginsburg’s legacy was overstated

The Mirror’s editorial entitled “Ginsburg inspired a nation” did not inspire this writer, a Penn State alumnus in history and political science.

Ginsburg only inspired a generation of women in liberal thought. Yes, she was a friend to Justice Antonin Scalia because he was challenged by her liberal ideology that made constitutional conservative ideology more important, more positive.

I had the privilege to know two Supreme Court justices.

One was Justice William O. Douglas, who was chosen by FDR in 1939. He was a liberal like Ginsburg, but unlike her, was deeply involved outside the box of the Supreme Court in historic preservation.

This is where he and I became closely associated.

He is the person responsible for the preservation of the C&O Canal from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland. It was a privilege to be in his company in our Saturday walks at the canal.

He had me attend two sessions at the Supreme Court. The other justice I met was Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, who was appointed by President Nixon and also had interests outside of the Supreme Court box — attending exhibits and in the preservation of artifacts.

Ginsburg did none of these outside interests. Therefore, the Mirror editorial was not great in its analysis of great inspirations except to say Ginsburg’s decisions will be remembered for many years and are hopefully challenged as well.

David R. Clapper



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