In the absence of reliable information, conspiracy theories appear. This has been the driving law of pretty much every news story of the last twenty years, and it’s happening moment-by-moment with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
RBG had surgery to remove cancerous nodules from her lung in late December. It took almost no time for the conspiracy movement, in particular, the wannabe revolutionaries of QAnon, to spin this into an elaborate plot involving deception, death, and a conspiracy to keep control of the Supreme Court.
QAnon kicked it off with a post alleging that “off-market drugs” were keeping RBG alive, and his acolytes transformed that into a conspiracy that she was already dead, and being kept “on ice” for the big moment where the deep state could reveal it and hijack the news cycle.
Every social media method that QAnon uses to spout its crackpot theories was full of demands of “proof of life” that RBG wasn’t dead, pouty screams to be told what was really going on, and orders for her to provide invasive and personal information about her health – information that is protected by law, and that is nobody else’s to give out.
As these things tend to do, the “RBG is already dead” conspiracy theory spent a few weeks growing more and more fetid in the worst parts of the internet.
There even has been actual proof of life, including Ginsburg signing on to a Supreme Court decision on the transgender military ban, footage of her getting into a van on her way somewhere, and news that she spoke to the directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary about her.
None of this did anything to sway the conspiracy theorists. Because nothing ever does.
After about a month of this, including an embarrassing slip by Fox News where they briefly put up a graphic that she had already died, the conspiracy theory finally made its way to more mainstream accounts. And it was just as ugly and invasive as it was when it was confined to QAnon.
On and on it goes. Apparently, mining a cancer patient’s surgery for Twitter likes is a thing we do now.
The “RBG is dead derp derp derp” conspiracy a great example of conspiracy theories rushing to fill up an information vacuum. We haven’t seen Ruth Bader Ginsburg in public in a while, and therefore she must be dead. Because nothing outside the scope of our reality is possible.
But this isn’t possible. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is alive until we know differently. And I’m not saying that because I’m a liberal or a fan of hers, I’m saying it because that’s where the evidence points us.
- Such a cover-up would be impossible. If Ruth Bader Ginsburg had already died, keeping that information from getting out publicly would involve a massive number of family members, Supreme Court employees, doctors, and media. Beyond that, she’s already put her name on decisions released in the last few weeks. That would mean the entire Supreme Court is in on this, including conservative justices who, presumably would want to see her seat open up.
- There is nothing unusual about keeping a less-active schedule to recover from surgery. According to numerous reports, Ginsburg has been working from home, reading transcripts of hearings to guide her decisions. There is nothing weird about this. Ronald Reagan resumed his presidential duties the day after he was shot, keeping a truncated schedule and working from bed for months. People can work and recover at the same time. Just because you haven’t done it doesn’t mean nobody can.
- Nobody is entitled to health information that isn’t theirs. Despite conservative demands for detailed briefings about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health (because she’s a public figure, you know), there is no way to compel a person to give up information about their health. HIPAA, people. Look it up.
- You don’t want to go down the road of being compelled to disclose your health status. If the government can publicize Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health information, they can demand and disclose yours. Is that something you really want? Really?
- She’s not Melania Trump. Conservatives are trying to link Ginsburg going out of the public eye with Melania Trump’s various retreats from the public eye. Because apparently liberals wouldn’t stop hounding the First Lady, but are demanding Ginsburg be left alone. These are not the same situations. Nobody expects an extensive public schedule from a Supreme Court Justice, while being First Lady is a job that, by its nature, demands a more outward-facing profile. Melania’s disappearances have also been shrouded in mystery, with conflicting statements from her office and the White House – par for the course with her time as a First Lady who has little interest in the traditional role of her predecessors.
The “RBG is dead” conspiracy is going to keep going, and get bigger and bigger. At some point, Fox News is going to embrace it, and then Donald Trump likely will tweet about it. If she doesn’t go to the State of the Union on February 5th (following a long tradition of SCOTUS justices skipping the speech for various reasons,) it’ll get even worse.
Remember, conspiracy theories fill up absences of information. The only information that will fill this vacuum is Ginsburg appearing in public – and even then, there’s always cloning to explain why she’s really dead.
16 thoughts on “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is (Still) Still Alive”
All of this is irrelevant and could be dismissed if she just showed up
We should just trust the government and MSM.
This is not the RBG you’re looking for – move on
if she is incapable of performing her duties she is OUT.
There are numerous government LAWS that state that if you are incapable of performing your duties you MUST step down. That you must report for work/duty in a healthy & competent state, and be able to carry out your duties, OR you MUST remove yourself from action.
So DEMAND Ginsbergstein APPEAR and PROVE her fitness for duty
Name one law that states she MUST step down.
Don’t need a law. According to the Judiciary Act of 1789, “Justices may also participate in a case by listening to audio recordings of the oral arguments and reading the transcripts.” The fact that her staff keeps cancelling remote participation mean’s she is not fulfilling her duties as a Supreme Court Justice. If she continues to not participating for a prolonged period of time, then she must step down.
Trust but Verify
Mike, we have the same first name. Isn’t that special?
Okay, now, Q is not a LARP. I mean, it is, but it’s more something else. It’s a honeypot. Q maps show demonstrable evidence of this by attempting to draw in all offbrand, run-of-the-mill conspiracists into the schizophrenic mess that is QAnon.
And for you Qtards, Q isn’t the LARP. You are! You’re the ones pretending to be freedom fighters, crime fighters, pedovore hunters. You are some boomer, or inbred, on a cell phone. Q is the psyop. Q is a honeypot.
Can we call Q a honeypot? Can we?! Can we!?
I can already code, just so you all know.
You make good points but it would be wise for her to just show herself and speak briefly. You must understand the public has witnessed some pretty outlandish stuff recently in the news and therefore the conspiracy idea is not far off from many things already seen.
Funny how you media types didn’t think it was impossible when Melania Trump had kidney surgery and wasn’t seen for three weeks (much less two months like Ginsberg). In fact, it was practically a daily new item. You guys are such hypocrites
BTW. You’re explanation to distance the Melania Trump hysteria from Ginsberg is laughable. The First Lady isn’t even an official job or even a cabinet appointment. Saying it’s more important to have a magnifying glass on the First Lady and not on an officially appointed Supreme Court Judge just shows your ignorance.
So, the valid question remains; Is Ruth dead? As more time passes without any proof of life, one would be inclined to think so.
Nobody has seen Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The other SCOTUS justices haven’t seen her either. We just want some kind of reliable thing. If RBG is okay, then have her make an appearance, say a few things about law and her plans, and then we’ll all stop thinking about this.
But this won’t happen, and you know why it won’t happen . . . because RBG is dead, and the Democrats are trying to hide that fact long enough to push to wait until after the next election.
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When the intelligence agencies, and “mainstream media” find those weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that we went to war over, or find out who was responsible for that “mistake”, and remove them from the government because they “accidentally” killed between 100,000 and 1,000,000 Iraqis over a weapons of mass destruction program – I’ll start thinking either are credible.
Until then who knows if Ginsberg is alive or dead?
She said if she was incapable of doing her job she would resign, but perhaps she is incapable of resigning. It appears she has not been able to do the job she refers to therefore we must conclude she can not do her job and it should be filled per law.
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