Skip to comments.Justice Ginsburg to Egyptians: Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US ..
Posted on 02/02/2012 3:30:12 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Following are excerpts from an interview with US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which aired on Al-Hayat TV on January 30, 2012.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It is a very inspiring time - that you have overthrown a dictator, and that you are striving to achieve a genuine democracy. So I think people in the United States are hoping that this transition will work, and that there will genuinely be a government of, by, and for the people.
I met with the head of the elections commission. I think that the first step has gone well, and that elections have been held for the lower house that everyone has considered to be free and fair. So that's one milestone, and the next will be the drafting of a constitution.
I can't speak about what the Egyptian experience should be, because I'm operating under a rather old constitution. The United States, in comparison to Egypt, is a very new nation, and yet we have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world.
Let me say first that a constitution, as important as it is, will mean nothing unless the people are yearning for liberty and freedom. If the people don't care, then the best constitution in the world won't make any difference. So the spirit of liberty has to be in the population, and then the constitution - first, it should safeguard basic fundamental human rights, like our First Amendment, the right to speak freely, and to publish freely, without the government as a censor.
You should certainly be aided by all the constitution-writing that has gone one since the end of World War II. I would not look to the US 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 US constitution - 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?
Don’t be surprised if this worthless piece of flesh bows out in the next couple of months so the Communist in Chief can replace her in like kind. No way she makes it another 4 years with a Republican in office.
She is sworn to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States” so she should be impeached.
Agree. For some reason the firing of federal officials has gotten a bad name.
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996
The overwhelming majority of democratic countries use a parliamentary system that has a separate head of state and head of government. Very few use our idea of combining the two. That would make Canada a model constitution for a country wanting a parliamentary democracy.
Our Constitution has to be interpreted in light of English constitutional and common law as it existed at the Founding. Otherwise, how do you understand the meaning of "due process of law"? But very few countries have a common law system.
We have a federal system that at least theoretically has a federal government with limited powers. Most countries are geographically smaller and want a stronger central government.
Senile bit** should be impeached.
Funny thing, she even LOOKS like a Communist.
I guess this nitwit hasn't picked up any hints as to what the real intent of, or the real spirit of the Egyptian Muslims is as indicated by the 2/3 of the vote won by the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more fundamentalist Salafist.
And this creature is on our SCOTUS.
Nothing wrong with getting sicker for 12 months.
The dodo headed Democrat voters elect the liberal politicians who put these snakes on the bench.
Very bad idea (before 2013, anyway).
Not just flawed -- but useless and hopelessly out-of-date. Not worth being used as a model.
A disturbing look into the mind of a liberal.
Remember how much good the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms did for Mark Steyn and his right of "free speech" and his publisher's "right to publish"?
The 85 essays by Madison, Hamilton and Jay, commonly known as THE FEDERALIST, were, and are, the best expositions of the principles underlying our written Constitution which, as she pointed out has lasted for over 200 years.
One would think that a United States Supreme Court Justice speaking to a group from any country in the world might point to those essays as guides to constitution writing for a people who wish to live in liberty.
“Damn old shank needs to move on to that place beside Joe in hell.”
But she needs to hang on until after the election so we have a chance ( and only a chance given the RINOs in the Senate) to get a decent, constitutionalist as our replacement Justice. This old hag came from a position of leadership at the ACLU. My guess is that she rode her broom over to the SCOTUS.
You know it will never happen, die maybe.
Justice Ginsburg visits mark Arab Spring uprisings (Egypt and Tunesia)
Hopefully, not any time soon.
Justice Scalia counts her as his best friend on the Court:
I consider myself a good friend of every one of my colleagues, both past and present, Scalia told Laura [Ingraham]. Some more than others. My best friend on the Court is and has been for many years, Ruth Ginsburg. Her basic approach is not mine, but shes a lovely person and a good loyal friend.
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