COMMENTARY | According to Fox News, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg advised the people who are writing Egypt's new constitution to not use the U.S. Constitution as a model. It was a curious statement for an American jurist to make.
Ginsburg, whose job on the Supreme Court is to uphold the U.S. Constitution, has a curious but sadly widespread disdain for that document. A recent New York Times article suggested the American Constitution is losing its allure around the world. The main reason is it does not guarantee the right to, among other things, food, health care and education.
In other words, Ginsberg and others on the left feel the Constitution is slanted too much toward preventing the government from doing things -- like putting people in jail without due process -- and not toward requiring the government to do things -- like providing people with a whole array of social services that liberals believe it should.
Of course the right to food, health care and education has to be paid for, meaning people will be deprived of their property for that purpose.
Barack Obama, in an infamous 2001 radio interview, suggested the Constitution is "deeply flawed," according to Newsmax. According to an article in the Daily Caller, Obama has taken a casual view where it comes to adhering to the Constitution. Obama has violated the Constitution in a number of cases, from requiring an individual mandate under health care reform to defying the federal courts in imposing a deep water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico.
Liberals complain the U.S. Constitution is hard the amend, which is why they like to rely on creative interpretations of a document they regard as "living." Sadly, it is even more difficult to impeach a sitting Supreme Court justice such as Ginsburg, even one who has so flagrantly trashed the Constitution that she is sworn to protect and defend.
Nature will likely solve the problem of Ginsburg -- she is in her late 70s -- long before a proper impeachment process could remove her. Her attitude suggests the U.S. Senate should be far more stringent in its confirmation process, ensuring the courts are filled with people with a better regard for the Constitution than Ginsburg has expressed.