The loss of the Notorious RBG has led to partisan fighting over her replacement. This diminishes her legacy of strong arguments and deep friendships, for which we remember her here. We would do well to model her spirit as we navigate through the difficult days ahead.
The value of knowing our political foes as personal friends has been shaken in recent years. Once upon a time, it was common to have friendly disagreements about politics in general, that rarely became personal grudges. We long for politics to be a mere part of our lives, instead of at the core of our identity.
Here are a few reflections on Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia’s friendship:
Their friendship blossomed and strengthened even as they consistently and strongly disagreed on important legal matters. Justice Scalia was well known for his scathing dissents, but his affection and appreciation for Ginsburg was never in question. As he once said, “I attack ideas. I don’t attack people. Some very good people have some very bad ideas.”
When Scalia passed, Ginsburg made her affection for her colleague crystal clear. “How blessed I was,” she wrote, “to have a working colleague and dear friend of such captivating brilliance, high spirits and quick wit.”
If we are to carry on and honor her legacy, we must follow Notorious RBG’s example.
- Never give up.
- Focus our attention on rational arguments.
- Be courageous.
- Cultivate unlikely friendships.
- Find joy in life.
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Featured image: Official portraits of the late US Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Antonin Scalia in the Public Domain.