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Know Your Role

Posted by Mike on May 30, 2007

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is confused. I don’t mean confused in the way most liberals are, though she is. What I’m talking about is Ruth Biddy’s confusion over her role in our government. Perhaps it’s her age. Perhaps it’s her arrogance. Whatever the reason, Ginsburg seems to think she is a member of Congress.

Along with her three liberal colleagues, Ginsburg recently dissented in the Supreme Court’s Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co decision which held that a woman’s discrimination claim which arose 19 years earlier was barred by the statute of limitations. Hysterical over being outvoted by Justices who read the statute in question, Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench which called on Congress to enact legislation reflecting her policy preference which she tried to enact from the bench.

Trying to persuade the government to enact what one believes in is perfectly legitimate. What is not legitimate is when judges attempt to use their position to enact their own policy preferences. A judge’s job is to rule on what the law is, not what they wish it to be. If Ginsburg wants to serve in a policy making position, she should run for Congress.

Since that will never happen, Ginsburg should at least look to the Court’s most junior member for some guidance on how to do her job. Writing for the majority in Ledbetter, Justice Alito explained the judiciary’s role in our government:

“We apply the statute as written, and this means that any unlawful employment practice, including those involving compensation, must be presented . . . within the period prescribed by the statute,” Alito said.

Alito seems to know his role. It’s about time Ruth Biddy learned hers.

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