Last year, the people of Egypt overthrew the dictatorial government of President Hosni Mubarack. Since that time, the Muslim Brotherhood has become a political party that has been trying to create a Muslim caliphate in Egypt and the Muslim world in general.
There are others in Egypt that would like to be able to establish the country as a democracy. Al Hayat, an Arab newspaper recently interviewed US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and asked her,
“Would your honor’s advice be to get a part of other countries’ constitutions as a model, or should we develop our own draft?
The response she gave the Al Hayat was,
“You should certainly be aided by all the constitution-writing that has gone on since the end of World War II. 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. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done.
“Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution is Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It dates from 1982. You would almost certainly look at the European Convention on Human Rights. Yes, why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world? I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”
Her response has shaken the confidence that many had in the US Supreme Court. One of those that are quite concerned of the Ginsburg’s comment is Matt Staver, the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel responded saying,
“For a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice to speak derisively about the Constitution she is sworn to uphold is distressing, to say the least. Justice Ginsburg’s comments about our Constitution undermine the Supreme Court as an institution dedicated to the rule of law, as well as our founding document.”
“For a United States Supreme Court justice, entrusted with the duty to interpret the Constitution, this type of statement is unacceptable. Justice Ginsburg failed to respect the authority of the document that it is her duty to protect. When given the opportunity to promote American liberty abroad, Justice Ginsburg did just the opposite and pointed Egypt in the direction of progressivism and the liberal agenda.”
This is not the first indication of Ginsburg turning to the laws and constitution of other nations as some of the rulings she has made from the bench have not been supported by the US Constitution. Now with the words from her own lips, it is obvious that she has little regard for our nation’s foundational document.
I’ve often tried to show people that the Constitution does not say that judges serve for life. What is does say is that they shall serve in ‘good behavior.’ To me, Ginsburg’s statements are not defined as good behavior and thus provides sufficient grounds for her immediate removal from the court.
The only problem with doing this is that Obama will just replace her with another flaming liberal who will have little if any respect for the US Constitution. I would say that it would be better to wait until the GOP wins the presidency in November, but if Romney wins, it may not make much difference anyway.