With her death, we lost a passionate advocate for the rights of men and women, the rights of workers and voters, and the rights of citizens vs. corporations. She fought long and hard for equality, democracy, and justice, and Friday's news brought forth a collective surge of anguish and fear for the future of our country regarding all those things she held so dear.
Without her spark, her intelligence, and her tenacity, and without the weight of her vote against the already-too-conservative makeup of the Supmreme Court, we are in danger of losing hard-won rights and freedoms, and the integrity of our government and political process is threatened.
I've shed many tears over the loss of this great woman, both for who she was and what she achieved, and for the protection she gave us for as long as she could. Many people have said that she bore the weight of the nation on her shoulders, and I think much of that is true. She held on as long as she could, trying to last through Trump's term and hoping for a new President in 2020.
It makes me even sadder that she had to worry about such a thing in those last weeks and days when she was struggling with cancer and about to leave her loved ones behind. What an awful responsibility, in the midst of an already tragic and terrible time.
But she knew how important it was, and everything that has happened in the days since has proved her right.
Thank you, Your Honor, for the lifetime of service you gave us all.