If you live long enough, you’ll see just about everything. But who thought there would come a day when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually said something sensible?
The 84-year-old Ginsburg – the living personification of liberalism in the courts – told Katie Couric in a recent interview that she had no use for Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who have refused to stand for the national anthem.
“I think it’s really dumb of them,” she said. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning. I think it’s a terrible thing to do, but I wouldn’t lock a person up for doing it. I would point out how ridiculous it seems to me to do such an act.”
Unlike Kaepernick and his admirers, Ginsburg can remember when African-Americans were actually oppressed in the United States. And, without anything to lose from staking out a non-liberal position, she isn’t afraid to call it like it is. She’s couching it in unnecessary free speech terminology – no one is calling for the arrest of any of these football players – but she’s still telling the radical left: You’re out to lunch on this one.
“If they want to be stupid, there’s no law that should be preventive,” she said. “If they want to be arrogant, there’s no law that prevents them from that. What I would do is strongly take issue with the point of view that they are expressing when they do that.”
Bet you $100 that someone in the Black Lives Matter arena calls Ginsburg a racist by the time the week is out. Disagreeing with this obscene movement is not tolerated. Their collective arguments are so weak that they cannot withstand even the slightest intellectual scrutiny.
But that’s easy enough to survive; you just have to tell whites that every thought that comes into their head is colored with racism. That the only correct thing to do is to simply listen and accept whatever the movement says is the truth.
Ginsburg, for all her sins, comes from a time when free speech actually meant free speech. She buys into a lot of foolishness, but there’s apparently a limit. Good for her.