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Title: Justice Ginsburg: “I Would Not Look to the U.S. Constitution”
Source: American Fans
URL Source: http://americafans.com/index.php/ju ... -look-to-the-u-s-constitution/
Published: Jul 8, 2018
Author: Roger Altman
Post Date: 2018-07-08 16:01:30 by IbJensen
Keywords: None
Views: 384
Comments: 24

Justice Ginsburg: “I Would Not Look to the U.S. Constitution”.

Conservatives are often ridiculed for criticizing activist judges who fail to respect the Constitution. We are told that it is not conservative originalists (labeled ignorant and extremist) but rather enlightened liberal judges—with their nuanced understanding of constitutional penumbras—who truly respect the spirit of the Constitution

Conservatives, however, have good reason to be skeptical of the left’s “respect’’ for the Constitution. Just last week, for example, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an Egyptian TV station that she would not recommend the U.S. Constitution as model for Egypt’s new government. The problem, you see, is that the U.S. Constitution is “a rather old constitution.” Ginsburg suggested that Egyptians should look instead to the Constitution of South Africa or perhaps the European Convention on Human Rights. All these are “much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”

Ginsburg’s comments echo those by Washington University professor David Law, who published a study with Mila Versteeg on the U.S. Constitution’s declining infuence worldwide. In an interview, Law unfavorably compared the Constitution to “Windows 3.1”—outdated and unattractive in a world of sleek and sexy modern constitutions. Such obsession with the age of the Constitution is both absurd and irrelevant.

For one, the Constitution is still among the shortest and most elegantly written constitutions in the world. By contrast, South Africa’s constitution is well over 100 pages long, ×lled with tables, schedules, and such stirring passages as detailed provisions for a Financial and Fiscal Commission:

“A. National legislation referred to in subsection (1) must provide for the participation of – a. the Premiers in the compilation of a list envisaged in subsection (1) (b); and b. organized local government in the compilation of a list envisaged in subsection (1) (c).” And you thought the U.S. Constitution was hard to read. Equally ridiculous is the claim that the Constitution is too antiquated to apply to the modern world. The principles of the Constitution, although ×rst articulated centuries ago, are not tied to the material conditions of a bygone age. They rest on that most solid and enduring of all foundations: human nature.

The Constitution itself contains no policy prescriptions. Rather, it is a short, elegantly written document that create a framework for a free people to confront the political questions of their times. Of course, the real reason progressives swoon over South Africa’s constitution is that it goes far beyond merely establishing a framework for government and guarantees progressive policies—for example, by requiring legislation that prevents pollution and ecological degradation. In other words, the left’s real discontent with the U.S. Constitution is that it does not require Americans to adopt a progressive government and expansive welfare state that provides for every “right” social scientists can justify.

Americans should be very wary of those who would seek to upend the Constitution from the grounding in human nature that has allowed it to endure for more than two centuries and would transform it into an instrument devoted to policies of passing whimsy!


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Washington University professor David Law, who published a study with Mila Versteeg on the U.S. Constitution’s declining inference worldwide.

The Constitution has no relevance whatsoever in respect to the world! It is applicable wholly to this still free nation!

Ginsberg is a disgusting and exceedingly homely old crone who should have retired decades ago. This wicked witch sleeps most of the time and the rest is spent planning her retirement in New Zealand!

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#6. To: IbJensen, CZ82, misterwhite, Liberator (#0)

Just last week, for example, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an Egyptian TV station that she would not recommend the U.S. Constitution as model for Egypt’s new government. The problem, you see, is that the U.S. Constitution is “a rather old constitution.” Ginsburg suggested that Egyptians should look instead to the Constitution of South Africa or perhaps the European Convention on Human Rights. All these are “much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”

Even though this article was just published recently, it sounded awfully familiar to me. So I searched a little.

DailyCaller, 2012:

Justice Ginsburg causes storm dissing the Constitution while abroad
2/6/2012

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has caused a storm of controversy by saying in a television interview that the people of Egypt should not look to the United States Constitution when drafting their own governing document because it’s too old and there are newer examples from which to draw inspiration.

“I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012,” Ginsburg said in the interview, which aired on Jan. 30 on Al-Hayat TV.

Her comments have stunned writers across the conservative blogosphere, though many major media outlets have not given much attention to it.

In the interview, she argued that the United States has the “oldest written constitution still in force in the world,” so instead “you should certainly be aided by all the constitution-writing that has gone one since the end of World War II.”

“I might look at the constitution of South Africa,” Ginsburg said. “That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary.”

Ginsburg, appointed to the Supreme Court by former President Bill Clinton, said South Africa’s constitution is “a great piece of work that was done” and cited other documents outside America’s constitution that Egyptians should read.

“Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution, Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms,” Ginsburg said. “It dates from 1982. You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights.”

“Yes,” she concluded, “why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world?”

Someone is recycling Ginsberg's old punchlines. Breyer made some similar remarks overseas around the same time as I recall.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-07-08   18:47:38 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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#7. To: Tooconservative (#6)

This was after Mubarak resigned and Morsi became the next President.

You have to wonder if she knew how much taxpayer money the Obozo administration was spending on rigging that election.

CZ82  posted on  2018-07-08 19:38:45 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Tooconservative (#6)

Even though this article was just published recently, it sounded awfully familiar to me. So I searched a little.

Good find. I wonder why the author didn't cite his 6-year-old source?

misterwhite  posted on  2018-07-09 07:58:24 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Tooconservative (#6) (Edited)

Even though this article was just published recently, it sounded awfully familiar to me. So I searched a little.

DailyCaller, 2012...Someone is recycling Ginsberg's old punchlines.

Better late than never to EXPOSE THESE ENEMIES.

Someone HAD to recycle it because the Dem-0bama-Globalist MSM buried it back in 2012.

Liberator  posted on  2018-07-09 11:55:53 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  


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