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    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that she thinks people will see the current period in American history as "an aberration" when asked how she would characterize it.

    Ginsburg also addressed the impacts of the international political climate on American democracy and her self-identified role as an advocate on the court during her remarks at Amherst College on Thursday evening -- another addition to her more than 10 public appearances in the six weeks since the 86-year-old, four-time cancer survivor revealed she had endured another bout with the disease.

    When asked how she thought people would characterize this periodin American history, the leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court replied simply, "As an aberration."

    Ginsburg also addressed questions on how she thought the global trend of far-right parties would impact the United States.
    "The pendulum goes too far to the right, it's going to swing back. The same thing too far to the left," she said. "So I'm hoping to see it swing back in my, in my lifetime."
    Ginsburg cited the recent British Supreme Court ruling that Prime Minister Boris Johnson couldn't simply disband Parliament as a "hopeful" sign of democracy.
    When asked whether she felt hopeful, Ginsburg responded, "Over the long haul, yes."
    The justice, an accomplished former women's rights lawyer, also said the Supreme Court does not "have an agenda" -- though she still identifies as an "advocate" in her dissents.

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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