Gus talks about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying that, although she was small in stature, her presence on U.S. politics was enormous. Since her passing on Friday, all the talk in political circles has been not necessarily who President Trump will appoint her potential successor but when the Senate will hold confirmation hearings. Back in 2016, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Republican majority Senate successfully delayed then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court Justice pick until after the election and inauguration. Since the president and Senate are both now Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that they will go ahead with the nomination hearing. Gus talks with listeners about whether they should delay it or proceed.
Later, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, calls in to talk about a recent article of his that appeared in Ethics & Medics that discussed the current situation in our country regarding shutdowns and social distancing, especially in extreme measures. His article focuses on ordinary means versus extraordinary means. Bishop Paprocki cites many examples where the extraordinary means often becomes burdensome and the cure becomes worse than the disease.
Bishop Paprocki wrote and talked with Gus about the importance of social interaction in our society, particularly when it comes to children and seniors and he gave a personal story. His Aunt Marion just turned 102 and, when he called to wish her a happy birthday, she was crying because she couldn't see anybody and nobody could come see her. Gus asks listeners to call in who experienced something similar.