Per CNN: Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a special welcome gift for Neil Gorsuch when he joined the Supreme Court — a move that showed she values harmony more than policy.
In a time when Americans are looking for signs that we are still one people, one United nation, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has breathed life into that notion.
The Supreme Court is a battleground where the most important moral and political decisions in America are written into law. It is where the Judges chosen by our elected leaders, in many ways, decide the fate of this country.
So naturally, the Supreme Court and its appointed justices can be seen as a sort of representation of America as a whole — a nation whose opinions largely fall into two categories: Republican and Democrat. In Short, at odds with each other on policy.
But the beauty of the high court is that, though the opinions of the respective judges differ greatly, they are able to get along and put harmony before political differences when not on the bench.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making sure of that.
In a recent CNN interview, 2017 conservative Supreme Court appointee, Neil Gorsuch, revealed that during his tenure as a clerk to the man who Ginsburg eventually succeded — Byron White — he was tasked with organizing a binder for her which detailed the responsibilities of law clerks.
Byron White wanted Ruth Bader Ginsburg to have it as house warming gift, as he thought it would come in handy for her while she organized her office.
What a crazy coincidence. Neil Gorsuch organized Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Law Clerk manual.
So, what did Ginsburg do when Neil Gorsuch took his own appointment to the Supreme Court many years later? She gave the binder back to him, improved, with a kind note attached.
“You may recognize some of this. I hope I’ve improved it a little bit since you’ve last seen it,” Ginsburg wrote.
The gift returned to its original giver. The improved binder ended up back in the hands of Gorsuch.
What a profound moment for America.
The two justices are on total opposite ends of the political spectrum; yet still, Ginsburg sees past that to the human being, and she makes this kind gesture. Incredible.
Noteworthy, also, is the fact that this act of kindness was not an isolated incident.
CNN reports that Supreme Court Justices make it a point to “preserve collegiality as the other branches of government have dissolved into rancor.”
Specific examples include “handshakes before oral arguments and lunches where discussions concerning court business are forbidden.” CNN added that “Justice Stephen Breyer “seems to possess an endless reservoir of knock-knock jokes.”
You see, the Supreme Court has figured out something that the rest of America desperately needs to embrace: how to agree to disagree. How to embrace each other in spite of differing opinions.
They understand that you can vehemently disagree with a person and still embrace them for who they are and where they come from.
At the end of the day, it is human relationships that matter most. They get that. So no, the supreme court is not a symbol of division — it is a symbol of the most precious form of unity — something that they had to fight to create.
Bottom line: they have set an amazing example.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently in a battle with pancreatic cancer, another topic that Neil Gorsuch spoke to during his aforementioned CNN interview.
“We all adore Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” he said, further stating that when the supreme court’s 2019-2020 session begins, he looks forward to seeing Ginsburg there with him.
We pray for a quick recovery — Godspeed — for this kind, powerful woman. May we all seek to follow in her footsteps, embracing each other’s differences and walking in unconditional UNITY.