Sandra Day O’Connor retires from public life after dementia diagnosis

Some very sad news was revealed this week about the first woman to have ever served on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement from public life in an open letter to the nation on Tuesday. O’Connor revealed she is suffering from “beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s,” and was diagnosed “some time ago.”

Pulling Back

O’Connor retired from the Supreme Court in 2006 to help care for her husband, John Jay O’Connor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1990. He died in 2009.

For many in public service, retirement does not mean they simply disappear from the public eye. That is, however, has been the case in recent years for former Justice O’Connor.

In a open letter revealing her condition, the 88-year-old explained the reason for her absence.

“As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life,” O’Connor wrote.

“Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to be open about these changes, and while I am still able, share some personal thoughts,” she added.

For a brilliant legal mind, this was very sad news for many.

Our Youth

In her retirement, O’Connor was instrumental in starting ICivics, a group dedicated to educating our youth about civics.

In her letter, the former justice stressed how important it is for the younger generation to be informed and educated about how our country works.

Her thoughts ring true, as we see so many of the younger generation only hearing one side of the story.

As frustrating as it can be at times, it is up to everyone to make sure the next generation is informed of all the facts.

Not extremism, but actual facts, so they can make an informed decision and develop their ideology based on those facts.

That role falls on us more and more, especially with virtually every entertainer and sports star leaning towards the left.

Simply put, today’s kids really don’t know any better because liberalism and socialism are the only options they really hear about.

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Wherever they end up on the political spectrum needs to be an educated choice.

Everyone should lead her letter in full (click here to see it) and heed her words. Our future depends on it.

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