The Feb. 2 Style article “Hey, Ruth, how are you feeling?” described how liberals are concerned about the state of 83-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health, fearing that if she becomes too feeble to continue to serve or (God forbid) dies, President Trump would be able to appoint a successor, further tilting the court to the right.
For several years , Ms. Ginsburg was asked whether she would retire and allow then-President Barack Obama to fill her vacancy with a much younger liberal justice who would probably carry her legacy well into the 21st century. Instead, possibly because she knew in her bones she still had the drive and energy to fulfill her duties, because she loved the job, because she thought she still had much to give to the country or perhaps out of a bit of fear (after all, for most of us, the next step after retirement is the Grim Reaper), she did not retire from the court. This might all fall under the rubric of love of country. But it also strikes me as selfish, as she could have done more for the country, long term, by stepping down.
The same point can also be made vis-a-vis her liberal colleague Justice Stephen G. Breyer, age 78.
Nelson F. Crouch, Washington