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Ruth Ginsburg in Egypt. May She Remain in Egypt!

Written by Gary North on February 8, 2012

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has caught a lot of flak from conservatives for stating the obvious: a Muslim Middle Eastern dictatorship should look elsewhere than the U.S. Constitution for guidance.

The idea that the Constitution is an exceptional document for an exceptional nation founded in exceptional circumstances is anathema to those liberals and conservatives who are full-time nation-builders. They want to spread the gospel of the Constituion by means of U.S. foreign aid (boondoggle money) and American troops (blood). Ginsburg is a liberal. She does not like the Constitution, because it is old. She is quite open about this. Why should this surprise anyone? This is what law schools have taught for over 100 years. Woodrow Wilson articulated this view in 1908 in his book, Constitutional Government.

But her general conclusion is correct, just not for the reasons she states. The Constitution cannot be exported, because the circumstances of its origin were unique. America is unique.

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?”

She is an internationalist. She is a liberal. Surprise! Surprise!

She should not be giving advice to Egyptians. She should be in retirement somewhere.

It’s nice to see liberals blow their cover. She just did.

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12 thoughts on “Ruth Ginsburg in Egypt. May She Remain in Egypt!

  1. This is exactly what I said about two days ago.

  2. Bill McCroskey says:

    Wonder what kind of coverage the 'major media outlets' would have given Clarence Thomas or any perceived conservative member of the Supreme Court if he/they would have suggested to another country that our constitution should be a pattern for a new one for their country ? I know it wouldn't have been positive, and the uproar from the left wing press (major media is about 90% left wing) would be dominating their news cycle.

  3. She does not like our Constitution, yet she took an oath to uphold it. Can this be called "treason"???!!!

  4. Myrtlelinder says:

    It is such a pity that we don't have more Supreme Court Judges like Clarence Thomas. I hate to think what it will be like when he is no longer one of their judges. I hope that is along time off. He is the only one that is not afraid to stand alone on an issue that he believes is the correct decision!!

  5. Talk about old, she may be becoming senile. That only strengthens my case for term limits – 20 years at the most for a Supreme Court Justice or an age limit! Immediate dismissal for going against the Constitution of the united states of America. Our forefathers were wise for their time and knew what would happen by man in the future and prepared the document accordingly. Yes, I would say her comments were treason and she does not belong in the position she is sitting. I believe in America, "I AM" the Tea Party!

  6. DEFEATOBAMAIN2012 says:

    maybe we can trade her for the patriotic americans they are holding, since she doesn't like our constitution maybe a few years in another country will change her mind

  7. Just the Facts Maam says:

    Don't blame her ignorance on age. If you knew how old I am..I.remember the world before dirt was invented…! Anyway such stupidity is beyond even senility to cause. It's a genetic flaw! Why aren't people like Ginsburg ever detained and held for ransom, etc.?

    I do agree with you about 20 year term limits though but not because of her age. I too believe in the Tea Party and even more in the Constitution.

  8. This should be enough evidence of Ginsberg's lack of faithfulness to THE CONSTITUTION that she swore to defend and uphold to impeach her. Why would this liberal Jewish female say such a thing. She should not be concerned with the Muslims trying to set up any government. Apparently she is of the camp of Jews who are trying to bring America down.

  9. Reminds me of a story of a scientist who was sent to God by his peers. He told God that we don't need Him any more because we can make life just like God does. So God challenged the scientist to a contest on who could make life fastest, and the scientist, in arrogance, agreed. The scientist bent down to get some dirt, but God stopped him. God said, "No, no, no. You have to make your own dirt."

  10. Regardless of Ruth Baders unfortunate comments:


  11. Paul Trombley says:

    Yes, it can, but it would be foolish to do so. Treason is an imaginary crime.

  12. Paul Trombley says:

    Gary, did you ever figure out how Article VII became relevant to ratification and to establishment before Article VII was established?