LIBERAL SUPREME COURT JUSTICE TELLS EGYPT THERE ARE BETTER OPTIONS
“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Has the United Stated of America really sunken to this level? I mean, there was a time – not so long ago – when ex-presidents didn’t badmouth our country – especially on foreign soil. Of course, the bitter Jimmy Carter trashed that tradition decades ago. Carter’s anti-American rhetoric has not only come be expected – it’s actually a surprise when he doesn’t bash America whenever and wherever he gets the opportunity to do so.
With Carter having taken America-bashing abroad to a new level, it’s become commonplace – hell, it’s become a requisite component of liberalism – for left-wing loons to criticize America (and Republicans, of course) on foreign soil every chance they get. While we’ve come to expect as much from the likes of Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, John Kerry and Sean Penn, I must admit that I was mildly surprised to read that Leftist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg actually came out of the closet and admitted that the U.S. Constitution wasn’t her favorite document after all.
Ginsburg, past General Counsel of the ACLU, was in Cairo last week blowing smoke up the asses of Egyptians as she congratulated them on the early “successes” of the Arab Spring. (I’ll assume she wasn’t referring to the illegal detention and threat of trial for 19 Americans by the Muslim Brotherhood-run country; although one never knows with Ginsburg.)
When the topic of writing a post-revolution constitution came up, the leftist Justice had a definite opinion for the Egyptians: Look to the U.S. Constitution as a model? Not so much.
“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” Ginsburg said in an interview on Al Hayat television last Wednesday. “I might look at the constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, have an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.”
Damn – too bad our Founding Fathers didn’t make a “deliberate attempt” to include “basic human rights” and an “independent judiciary” in America’s constitution, huh?
While Ginsburg did not bash the U.S. Constitution directly, is it not astonishing that a Justice of the United States Supreme Court would admit that she would not look to that document if she were writing a constitution today?
In addition to recommending South Africa’s constitution as a better model, Ginsburg also suggested Canada’s 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Ginsburg’s admission and recommendations to Egypt are not foreign to her overall philosophy; she has previously stated that she weighs foreign law as well as U.S. law when forming legal opinions.
“The notion that it is improper to look beyond the borders of the United States in grappling with hard questions has a certain kinship to the view that the U.S. Constitution is a document essentially frozen in time as of the date of its ratification,” Ginsburg told an audience at the American Society of International Law in April 2005.
It’s one thing when Leftists such as CNN’s Fareed Zakaria say the Constitution is “outdated” and should be “debated and fixed.” It’s quite another when a Supreme Court Justice of the Unites States of America echoes those thoughts – on foreign soil, no less – and suggests that others look elsewhere for better examples and role models.
What have we become, America? More ominous – what are we becoming?
Maybe there’s room for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Allen West’s “Get the Hell out of the United States” Express.