In an interview with Al-Hayat TV, which aired on on January 30, 2012, US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, discussed the Egyptians writing a new constitution and said to Egyptians:
“Look to the Constitutions of South Africa or Canada, Not to the US Constitution”
Ginsburg didn’t stop there, she let the interview know exactly what she thinks of the United States Constitution, in particular, while visiting a country that denounces us and burns our flag. (Emphasis LCs)
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?
Sure, Ginsburg notes some positives about the US Constitution but the parts I highlighted are certainly odd for someone who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and has a primary duty to do so as their job. It’s obvious Ginsburg doesn’t think much of our Constitution by referring other nations to look elsewhere as a guide for writing one.
Following is the interview, if you can stomach it, with the highlights of the transcript above. (03:46)
It’s quite telling how the Leftist in America go around the world either apologizing for America or degrading the United States Constitution, the most important document in the world today.
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