by Jeremy Leaming
Earlier this week, we noted a forthcoming study by a couple of law school professors, rich with data, which reveals the U.S. Constitution’s dwindling global influence. It’s not terribly surprising, other nations' governing documents, such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, are more expansive than the Constitution.
As cogently noted in this blog post by David Lyle of Media Matters For America, right-wing pundits and bloggers are going ballistic, especially over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments to an Egypt interviewer that there are other governing documents, such as South Africa’s constitution that she might consult if she were to draft a constitution “in the year 2012.”
Her comment sent the right-wing blogosphere and activists into frenzy, to say the least.
Religious Right activist Mat Staver, head of the Liberty Counsel and founder of the late Jerry Falwell’s law school, fired off a press statement calling Ginsburg’s comments “unacceptable.” He said she spoke “derisively” of the nation’s founding document, and that she has undermined the “Supreme Court as an institution dedicated to the rule of law, as well as our founding document.”
This is typical for Staver, who is given to over-the-top rhetoric. But it’s also ridiculous. Ginsburg did not knock or degrade the U.S. Constitution in anyway, she merely pointed out the fact that there are newer governing documents that are also worthy of emulation.