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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?
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Disgusting, offensive liberal hag of a shrew. What a sack of puss-filled waste.
Guess I would feel that way too if I had my own security detail, pretty cush digs and hands down the absolute best healthcare on the planet. That all comes from Government, right?
When does the America hating rise to an Impeachable offense?
Unbelieveable. We have a supreme court justice who thinks our constituion that she is sworn to uphold is flawed. I am so disturbed by what is going on in our country. I have to admit that I’m addicted to Glenn Beck. He is downright scary with his predictions for what is coming. I’m so depressed by what has happended to our once great country.
“yet we have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world.”
Hey, bit%h, maybe that’s because it worked until socialists like you set out to destroy it.
One thing is for sure. She does not look at the US Constitution when she makes her decisions.
Such a sweet, gentle little lady. Everyone’s grandmother, right?
Ginsburg will vote in favor of Obamacare, the enabling slave act of these United States. Once this monstrosity is put into effect, our republic is over.
Ginsburg and her fellow Marxists should fear a President Newt.
So she woke up? Usually, she’s asleep.
SHe doesn’t look to our constitution when she makes rulings in our own country.
I know the lawyers will not think the actual words of the constitution mean much... but here it is any way.
“The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior”
I would say giving advice of foreign powers that the US has a poor out dated constitution would qualify as not being a “good Behavior”
No doubt Ruthy focused like a laser on the burning tire part!
Never did she imagine she'd be the one being necklaced ~
If she had added that her reasoning was based on the fact that the US no longer has two functioning political parties - she would be correct.
We have a Congress that no longer represents the people - it just pretends to - by offering up candidates from One Party.....Democrats and Democrats Lite.
From Madison’s journal of the Constitutional Convention it is clear our Framers thought impeachment of Presidents, Judges, and other Officers would not be infrequent.
Newt has put the blackrobes on notice that he would support legislation that prevents them from considering foreign garbage.
what the hell...impeach the *itch!
I remember a couple of years ago Bill O’Reilly was saying to Megan Kelly that Ginsburg doesn’t like the Constitution, and she was telling O’Reilly that he was wrong. O’Reilly was correct.
When I read the U.S. Constitution, I see a document that was crafted by competent adults engaged in various productive endeavors -- traders, plantation owners, land surveyors, etc.
When Ruth Bader Ginsberg suggests that this is not a good model for a constitution, what she's really saying is that a nation's constitution should be written by useless lawyers and bureaucrats.
I am highly offended by this. She should be removed NOW. Dead serious. Removed NOW.
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