Voluntary Assisted Living

It’s true that leftists can’t meme. But they are good at hero worship and neurotic fellowship. They’re currently waiting for the endgame of the Democratic primaries and, from that drawn-out contest, a Trump slayer to save America, the world, the environment, abortion and gender-neutral bathrooms. Leaderless in the meantime, they look to a frail, sick old lady to be their saviour pro tempore. At 86, she is several years older than the other superpower seniors I name-checked on Tuesday. In this report, Jane Norman – an obvious admirer – includes a selection of the reassurance gags virtuous Democrats are sharing to signal their discipleship:

Why do American Democrats freak out every time Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg falls ill?


She has already survived three bouts of cancer and each time her latest health scare becomes public, it sends her supporters into a panic (and Washington into collective cardiac arrest).

Late-night hosts Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel have given voice to this anxiety, promising to help Justice Ginsburg get back on her feet.

Unveiling the “Ruth Bader Gins-bubble” (a giant plastic bubble with a Ginsburg look-a-like inside) Kimmel declared the Justice needs to be protected “at all costs”…

Why do the Democrats want to keep her alive?

This concern is not just for her welfare, but for the future direction of the highest court in the country …

If she leaves the court, President Donald Trump will get to nominate her replacement.

That would be his third Supreme Court Justice after already having appointed Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch (both of whom were considered controversial, partisan picks)…

The self-described flaming feminist litigator has spent her long life ending discrimination, breaking down barriers for women and flourishing in the face of adversity.

 
This is what passes for impartial analysis of US affairs in Australia. A “flaming feminist” is not controversial but Gorsuch was – despite the American Bar Association rating him “Well qualified” for integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament. Its vote was unanimous. Kavanaugh’s nomination was not controversial either. What the Democrats’ hate and payola machine brought to bear against him, however, went beyond any previous incarnation of mere controversy. It deserves to live on for a hundred years in infamy.

It would be mean-spirited to deny that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led a historically substantive life, that she has been a powerhouse lawyer and an exemplar of dedicated public service. It is no less disrespectful – and it borders on heartless – for her trite admirers to reduce an octogenarian to an ideological maid at the perpetual service of their paranoid worldview. They should at least give her the humane leeway to call it a day.

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30 Responses to Voluntary Assisted Living

  1. miltonf

    Why do we even need Australian correspondents in the US to tell us what’s going on there? Any time Richard Arnold comes on I turn the radio off straight away.

  2. stackja

    Their ABC don’t know USA voters.
    RBG is the only thing going for the left? Of course HRC lost is never accepted.

  3. Mak Siccar

    The Demonrats goal to avoid her being replaced is of far greater importance than her welfare.

  4. Lee

    That would be his third Supreme Court Justice after already having appointed Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch (both of whom were considered controversial, partisan picks)…

    When are Republican appointees not considered “partisan” by Democrat hypocrites and their supporters?

  5. stackja

    miltonf
    #3249047, posted on December 1, 2019 at 11:19 am
    Why do we even need Australian correspondents in the US to tell us what’s going on there? Any time Richard Arnold comes on I turn the radio off straight away.

    Richard Arnold used to hide out at 2UE. So was little heard.

  6. Iampeter

    They’re currently waiting for the endgame of the Democratic primaries and, from that drawn-out contest, a Trump slayer to save America, the world, the environment, abortion and gender-neutral bathrooms.

    Oh what a package dealing mess. You oppose regulating energy companies but think women should be forced to carry to term?
    You believe there are two genders but then believe abortion is murder or something?

    Whether you stay with Trump, or Democrats find a Trump slayer, nothing really changes. Just a superficial difference in the type of leftists destroying our civilization.

    A “flaming feminist” is not controversial but Gorsuch was – despite the American Bar Association rating him “Well qualified” for integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament.

    Was Gorsuch ever controversial? If anything he hasn’t turned out the way anti-abortionist, conservative collectivists had hoped.
    I thought it was Kavanaugh that was controversial, just not for any of the right reasons.
    Kavanaugh should have been controversial, to anyone who is not a leftist, because he is a big government leftist and a creature of the swamp if ever there was one. He supported the unconstitutional Patriot Act and the governments secret collection of meta data. He has no business anywhere near the Supreme Court. Since conservatives love him, they can’t really oppose someone like Ginsburg.

    “Trite admirers” are everywhere it seems.

  7. Gorsuch himself was uncontroversial, but the fact that he was picked instead of Garland was.

    Kavanaugh is a Federalist Society hack with nothing to recommend him other than that he will vote along strictly partisan lines, which is why he was picked.

    But we are a year out from an election, so Mitch McConnell will of course stand by his own Garland precedent and wait until after the election to nomin… aaaaaaahahahahahaha no he won’t, he’s the biggest partisan hack on the planet, with no morals or ethics.

  8. mh

    Why do we even need Australian correspondents in the US to tell us what’s going on there? Any time Richard Arnold comes on I turn the radio off straight away.

    #metoo

    My radio normally goes onto Macquarie Sports radio UK late evening now.

    Hell, I even tuned into Phil Adams the other night to escape Richard Arnold.

    Been doing this for about 2 years, god knows how many listeners 2gb and affiliate stations lost due to the Never Trumper Richard Arnold.

  9. Beachcomber

    Bader-Ginsberg will “live” for many more years. She is probably already on full blood replacement, with new blood continuously added to her circulation to keep the organs and tissues from shutting down completely. This could go on pretty much indefinitely or until a Democrat is elected POTUS and can replace her with another Marxist.

  10. Whalehunt fun

    Hilarious if she carks it.

  11. Whalehunt fun

     he’s the biggest partisan hack on the planet, with no morals or ethics

    There is no moral requirements involved in cutting out cancer and burning it. And that is what a socialist is, a nominally viable human invaded by a viral meme and turned into a nonhuman that merely replicates the meme and sprays it around. Whatever surgical technique removes it is to be applauded. There are no constraints. Removing the socialist tumour and the push it comments from the supreme court is an excellent objective.

  12. John A

    mh #3249139, posted on December 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Why do we even need Australian correspondents in the US to tell us what’s going on there? Any time Richard Arnold comes on I turn the radio off straight away.

    #metoo

    My radio normally goes onto Macquarie Sports radio UK late evening now.

    Radio? We have no time for steenking radio!

    I’m too busy reading good books.

  13. John A

    If she leaves the court, President Donald Trump will get to nominate her replacement.

    Heb 9:27 (NIRV): People have to die once. After that, God will judge them

    And there is no appeal from that one!

  14. Entropy

    Whalehunt fun
    #3249225, posted on December 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    Hilarious if she carks it.

    How do you know she hasn’t?

  15. Entropy

    Her middle name is Bernie.

  16. pbw

    It would be mean-spirited to deny that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has led a historically substantive life, that she has been a powerhouse lawyer and an exemplar of dedicated public service.

    Always from a feminist perspective, though?

    It is no less disrespectful – and it borders on heartless – for her trite admirers to reduce an octogenarian to an ideological maid at the perpetual service of their paranoid worldview.

    How about an ideological handmaid at the perpetual service of her own feminist worldview?

    They should at least give her the humane leeway to call it a day.

    Which she will not, because she takes her role as Queen Canute very seriously. She’s not hanging in there because she obeys her twitter feed. She sees herself as a heroine of the Resistance (concerning which see A-G Barr’s recent remarks.)

    Incidentally, she was Antonin Scalia’s bestie on the bench. This friendship was so remarkable that an opera was written about it.

    Scalia had this to say about her in 2015.

    What only her colleagues know is that her suggestions improve the opinions the rest of us write, and that she is a source of collegiality and good judgment in all our work.

  17. Tom

    For half a century, the American left has relied on activist judges at the Supreme Court to legislate subversive social policy changes, like the abortion free-for-all, that would never get through the democratic Congress.

    That subversion is an aberration, even though it appears to be the norm because it has been going on for so long. It’s now ending because the radical left is being called by a Republican president who not only understands the left’s anti-democratic long game, but knows that the left gets its way mostly with media propaganda, which, in battlefield terms, is highly vulnerable to to being outflanked.

    Trump is not only draining the swamp, but righting longstanding wrongs in American society – and he has middle America behind him.

    THAT is why the left is losing its mind about Ginsberg’s imminent demise.

  18. sabena

    CL,I don’t know why you refer,apparently approvingly,to the views of the ABA.They are entirely in the progressive camp.This was demonstrated recently when they said one Trump nominee for the Federal Court was not qualified when the opposite was true.
    Where they say a conservative nominee is qualified,it is an expression of opinion against interest.

  19. Squirrel

    Must be time for a re-make of The Pelican Brief.

  20. Ms Smith

    Beachcomber
    #3249222, posted on December 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    Leftists believe in a Godless society, and ignoring the Constitution.
    “She is probably already on full blood replacement,to keep the organs and tissues from shutting down completely.”
    That is a totally inconceivable and despicable idea that the Democrats would pursue, just to keep a LEFTY activist judge in the Supreme Court. They seem to forget that we all do not live forever!

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Does she have to be sentient to any particular level to continue to ‘sit’ on this Court? Could she be comatose and still hold her place? When does any judgement have to be made as to her health – never?

    A living corpse on a bed will do, will it?

  22. Zatara

    Options for vacating the position of Supreme Court Justice:
    – Voluntary retirement
    – Voluntary resignation
    – Impeachment
    – Death

    Unfortunately, forced retirement of a Justice due to physical or mental health wasn’t a need foreseen by the writers of the US Constitution.

    However, keeping her around ‘Weekend at Bernie’s‘ style won’t do the progressives much good as if she is comatose she won’t be writing any opinions or voting on cases.

  23. Tim Neilson

    However, keeping her around ‘Weekend at Bernie’s‘ style won’t do the progressives much good as if she is comatose she won’t be writing any opinions or voting on cases.

    True, but that will be one vote that isn’t available to be exercised in favour of the rule of law.

    And they’ll keep her on life support until a Democrat President is elected, so that vote can then be handed to a reliable civilisation-wrecker.

  24. Scott Osmond

    Vader Ginsburg has a curtisy card from the devil. Every time she’s on the way out and the old man with the scythe shows up she points to the claus in her compact where she is kept alive as long as she is doing the man down stair’s job. How many Hitlers has planned parenthood racked up?

  25. Beachcomber

    Bader-Ginsburg’s team of assisting lawyers and counsel can write the opinions and judgements. She is only needed to be technically “alive” so they can hold a pen in her hand to “sign” the documents. This has been the situation for the last several years.

  26. Fencesitter

    Oh what a package dealing mess. You oppose regulating energy companies but think women should be forced to carry to term?

    WTF? You could support one and not the other, or both, or neither, for any number of (consistent) reasons as the two have essentially nothing to do with each other.

    You believe there are two genders but then believe abortion is murder or something?

    I think I get which delusion of yours you are trying to allude to here – you presumably seem to think that gender isn’t assigned at conception. But it is. The sperm has either an X or a Y chromosome. If Y then it is a male. Even if you say “oh but there are exceptions” the fact is that, in principle, gender is assigned at conception so it is perfectly reasonable (even if it doesn’t *necessarily* follow) to argue that life also begins at conception and therefore, abortion is murder.

  27. Kneel

    “You believe there are two genders…”

    Sigh.
    There are two sexes – male and female.
    There are three genders – male, female and neuter.

    Sex is a biological reality – you either have a Y chromosome (making your sex male), or you don’t (making your sex female). There is a very, very small minority of people who could claim this doesn’t suit them – hermaphrodites for example. Well less than 1% of the population, probably less than 0.1%. I’m not aware of anyone with such a condition that would find their “exclusion” to be some sort of deliberate ploy by evil people to deny them… something.

    Gender is a linguistic construct – for languages where objects REQUIRE a “sex”. As in, “Check out that boat – she’s a beauty, eh?” but there are significant differences, typically in the “romance” languages, which often require a gender (in English, you could replace “she’s” with “it’s”, but in French you can’t).

    LGBQWERTY is not a gender, it’s a preference. You can prefer whatever you like providing you don’t shove it down my throat (both figuratively and literally!), but the typical leftist concept of redefining the meaning of words to “re-frame the debate” is despicable and needs to be called out every time. Words have meanings. If you try to redefine what they mean, the whole point of them (ie, to convey both abstract and concrete concepts) goes away. English is flexible – if existing words don’t convey the correct meaning, import a word from another language that does, or create a new word.

  28. Iampeter

    Sex is a biological reality –

    You don’t need to convince me. I’m just pointing out that the same people who get this can’t then turn around and pretend something like the unborn is a “person.”

    Conservative leftists seem to pick and choose “biological reality” depending on the issue…

  29. JC

    Conservative leftists seem to pick and choose “biological reality” depending on the issue…

    I’m neither conservative, nor a leftist. I wish you were aborted, implodes.

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