Thursday, July 11, 2013

People Turning Over in Their Grave. By Geniusofdespair

I often think of my hero Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and what he would have thought of Clarence Thomas replacing him. I said he would be turning over in his grave.  That is an idiom "to show enormous disfavor for something that has happened after one's death."

Here is another example, Bill Sadowski would be turning over in his grave if he knew what his former aide Stephen Cody was doing these past years. Don't know Bill? From the St. Pete Times:
Bill Sadowski
Once in a while there are legislators who don't play the role. One of the best of them was Bill Sadowski of Miami, who served in the House from 1976 to 1982, when he chose to leave so that he could watch his children grow up, and who died in a plane crash in 1992 while serving as Gov. Lawton Chiles' secretary of community affairs. He was only 48.

He had never allowed the lobbyists to buy him meals or drinks, but that didn't mean he disrespected them. To the contrary, he wrote a 16-point creed for legislative service in which respect for the right to lobby was high on the list. His wife said "He felt like there's a place for lobbyists, but you don't have to do wining and dining."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Justice Powell made a tremendous contribution to this country. But he is not turning over in his grave because he made the awful mistake many leaders make. He stayed too long, and had no vision for the future of the country. Given his age and health, people were begging him to retire so that a Democratic president could appoint someone younger to that seat. No, his ego would not allow that. He wanted to maintain power so bad that he risked everything on his health. As soon as the election was over, he took ill and a republican president appointed Justice Thomas. His inability to step down, has hurt the country and the causes he championed. So, no, he is not turning over in his grave. He knew the risk, he took it, and we have paid the price.

Sadowski is another story. He probably is "turning over in his grave".

Geniusofdespair said...

I was talking about Thurgood Marshall.

Anonymous said...

I was also speaking about Justice Marshall. Insert Marshall instead of Powell. My mistake.

Geniusofdespair said...

He was 83 when he retired. In Supreme Court years that is a spring chicken.

It might be his fault for waiting too long but he is still turning over in his grave so to speak. They could have put In An African-American more like Kennedy.

Geniusofdespair said...

Looks like you got your facts wrong.

Marshall retired in 1991.

He would have had to retire during Jimmy Carter's term which ended in 1981.

Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush came in after that. You really would expect a supreme court judge to retire at 73? That is very young for a Supreme.

Anonymous said...

A republican president would have never done that. They were looking for an anti-Black Negro candidate. And they found one.

Anonymous said...

In Black man years, that is very old. He knew the risks and what was at stake. Go back and look at the newspaper clips near the end of the Carter administration. Its all there.

Anonymous said...

Stephen Cody is a mess. He claims to be pro human rights, but worked hard to get Lynda Bell elected. Anything for a buck, eh Cody? Pathetic loser who squandered his practice long ago due to lack of principle. Now he pretends to be an author. He is an author of books no one reads.

Geniusofdespair said...

In Black Man Years???

Anonymous said...

You need to pick Cody's books carefully. One of them is bound to be an exact fit to stop that table from wobbling.

Anonymous said...

"Black Man Years" - I coined that phrase in this discussion on this blog today to speak to the discrepancy in life expectancy estimates of Black men as contrasted to those of White men. Given Marshall's time, all he had to do and go through to win the civil rights struggle on legal grounds, coupled with health care disparities among Black men, he should have passed the baton to a younger person who would have been there to take us through the dark years of Republican rule.