I find it absolutely appalling that such a person as Ruth Bader Ginsberg remains sitting on the Supreme Court with her obvious disdain for our constitution. In a recent televised Alhayat TV interview in Egypt, on their writing of a new constitution, she clearly says, “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.”
Full length Egyptian interview here
Labeling the United States Constitution as "rather old," she seems to feel our constitution is the "oldest written constitution still in force around the world," as if it was outdated and restricting what she would like to see done in the country.
Her recommendation of Egypt should model their constitution after South Africa's new constitution is frightening as South Africa is the number one nation for murders by firearms and Justice Ginsberg is a strong advocate for gun control.
In spite of efforts begun in 2004 to regulate guns, South Africa retains a very high murder rate.
She expresses hopes that there "genuinely will be a government of, by and for the people" in Egypt. Yet, we read of recent Islamic gains in the elections there are imposing Sharia Law largely acknowledged as degrading and demeaning to women and her embracing of the South African constitution over that of the United States is perplexing as South African Women are still having to struggle for gender equality under what Justice Ginsberg believes to be a "model constitution" in force now for over 15 years.
It should be remembered that Justice Ginsberg, prior to being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Clinton in 1993 was an advocate for gender equality and actually praised the U.S. Constitution saying, "we were just tremendously fortunate in the U.S. that the men that met in Philadelphia were very wise. But it's true that they were lacking one thing, that is there were no women as part of the Constitutional Convention, but there were women around who sparked the idea."
But now, she advocates for a system degrading to women in Egypt and recommends following the constitution of the country with the highest firearms murder rate in the world?
She says people must be yearning for liberty and freedom, but isn't that exactly what the US Constitution was patterned after and gave unprecedented freedom and liberty to the people, never before seen in the history of the world?
Yet she now says that notion is too old and not up to date compared to other countries that still do not have the freedoms and liberties Americans enjoy?
It is very troubling that a United States Supreme Court Justice holds such views on our constitution and remains sitting on the bench.