An Embracive Legacy
In the midst of tributes to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I learned more about her distinctive view of the Constitution. She spoke frequently about our founding document as “embracive,” prone to inclusion. This is an interesting concept to consider as we move toward election day in November. Like the tradition of hospitality that many great religious traditions cherish, Ginsburg envisions metaphoric arms extended, ready to welcome, embrace and bring close more and more as the republic advances.
At a simple, personal level, Justice Ginsburg lived this vision in her daily life. I write here about her remarkable friendship with Justice Antonin Scalia. Though the two occupied different ends of the interpretive continuum, they left intellectual differences behind to fashion one of Washington’s great friendships. The two were known to write pointed legal opinions and then to adjourn together for an evening of opera. What a powerful legacy they left, not just when it comes to the Constitution, but to life when lived to its full potential.
Rebecca L. Sherrick, PhD