Elder Patriot – On December 21, 2018, 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent surgery to remove two cancerous nodules from her lung.
After her surgery, the high court’s public information office reported that “Justice Ginsburg is resting comfortably and is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.”
According to Dr. Raja Flores, chair of thoracic surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City the surgery would be the easy part, but he expected the recovery to be tougher for her.
That is often the case, often fatally so, when older persons fall and fracture a hip, or as in the case of Justice Ginsburg, three ribs.
CBS News reported:
[Dr.] Flores estimated that she would stay in the hospital 3-6 days and should be up and walking in the next day or so. Typically he would expect someone who had her procedure to return to work in 6 weeks. Her history of routine exercise will be beneficial to a faster recovery.
Uh, huh. That was eight weeks ago and there has not been any substantiated sighting of RBG since before her surgery. We have only the assurances of the Washington Post – the ultra leftist anti-Trump Washington Post – that RBG has yet to reach room temperature.
This is not simply idle banter about the health of just any public employee. RBG is one of only nine Supreme Court Justices who are subjected to rigorous scrutiny before they are confirmed to the court.
It matters little whether Justice Ginsburg has actually passed into eternity. The American people deserve to know if she is cognitively capable of rendering solid legal opinions or whether a team of unconfirmed clerks – or political appointees – are deciding on her behalf.
After the 6-week recovery period had run its course, the WaPo told us that she reportedly attended a concert put on by her daughter-in-law at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
The American Mirror questioned that account.
Attendees at the Notorious RBG in Song described Ginsburg as “glam,” and “resplendent,” and “magnificent,” but you’ll have to take their word for it.
In an era when every person is carrying a camera and isn’t afraid to use it, there wasn’t a single snap of the 85-year-old to be found. Every media story that covered her alleged appearance used file photos.
That would seem to be especially true of this assembled group of concert goers who would be anxious to put an end to “right-wing conspiracy theorists” questioning her viability.
“What a delight to see RBG tonight at ‘Notorious RBG in Song,’ written & beautifully performed by her daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels,” Post contributor David Hagedorn posted to Twitter. “She sat in the back, a few rows behind us, looking resplendent. Being hugged & wished a happy birthday by her made a grand night spectacular.”
Hagedorn’s tweet has since disappeared.
The Mirror raises a legitimate point – where are the pictures? Even a single picture?
One month ago we reported the opinion of Dr. Brian C. Joondeph:
Justice Ginsburg has a history of other cancers, “The justice had colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009.” Odds favor that her lung nodules represent metastases from her other cancers rather than a third new cancer originating in her lungs.
This is consistent with Dr. Flores observation that since Ginsburg does (did?) not have a history of smoking and, that since Ginsburg survived pancreatic and colon cancer, it’s likely that slow-moving cancer cells from one of those diagnoses spread to her lungs.
The great likelihood is that her previous cancer has metastasized which lead the doctor to conclude, in mid-January, that she now has stage four cancer.
Those of us who have dealt with ailing parents in their eighties know doctors can keep them alive but the stresses that result from ailment very often leads to permanent cognitive dysfunction and a loss of mental acuities.
For a Supreme Court Justice the loss of their cognitive ability is as significant to the conduct of their responsibilities as being alive.
The threshold for continuing to serve on the court, any court, should not be lowered to being kept alive by a breathing machine.