When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke to the American Constitution Society recently, I focused my criticism on the substance of her remarks.
I hoped others might join my in my outrage that a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice might actually suggest that the U.S. judiciary should be influenced by the constitutions and courts of foreign countries.
In condescending language undermining the principle of American sovereignty, she said, “our island or lone-ranger mentality is beginning to change.” Justices, she said, “are becoming more open to comparative and international law perspectives.”
“While you are the American Constitution Society, your perspective on constitutional law should encompass the world,” she told the group of judges, lawyers and students. “We are the losers if we do not both share our experiences with and learn from others.”
Now I discover there is even more cause for concern regarding Ginsburg’s address to this group. The American Constitution Society is a highly partisan, political extremist organization with an agenda not to support the U.S. Constitution, but to undermine its most basic precepts. Is this the kind of audience responsible Supreme Court justices should be seeking?
“We want to counter the dominant vision of American law today, a narrow conservative vision that lacks appropriate regard for the ways in which the law affects people’s lives,” explains the group in its mission statement. “… We want to strengthen the intellectual foundations of – and the public case for – a vision of the law in which these values are paramount, on such issues as: privacy; freedom of speech; federalism; antidiscrimination and affirmative action; gay rights; reproductive choice; disability rights; labor and consumer rights; protection of health, safety, and the environment; the criminal justice system; immigration; and international human rights.”
Thus, this is a political organization with a strong political agenda – homosexual rights, racial preferences, abortion on demand, etc. Check out the roster of “non-partisan” speakers this non-profit, tax-exempt group has previously heard: Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Tom Harkin, Edward Kennedy, and Paul Wellstone; Reps. Barney Frank and Jesse Jackson, Jr.; former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis; former Rep. Robert Drinan; former Attorney General Janet Reno.
Are you getting the picture? It gets worse.
Here’s what a feature on the American Constitution Society in the Nation had to say in June: “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will step into the debate this summer, when she addresses the first-ever national convention of the American Constitution Society, an organization founded, as the group’s executive director David Halperin explains, to ‘encourage students and others to care about and influence a progressive vision of the law.’ The coup of getting Ginsburg to speak at their gathering was no small accomplishment, but ACS already has the support of a number of other well-known liberals, including Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, former solicitor generals Walter Dellinger and Drew Days, and former Circuit Court of Appeals chief judge, Whie House Counsel and Congressman Abner Mikva.”
With a name like “the American Constitution Society,” you might think the organization would strongly support the Second Amendment’s explicit defense of bearing arms as a personal, civil right. Wrong. The Washington chapter this summer invited Matthew Nosanchuk of the Violence Policy Center and the co-counsel in the NAACP’s suit against gun manufacturers.
“How far the Bush administration can get pushing its NRA-aligned vision of gun rights, he argued, will depend on how hard others push back,” explained an account of the meeting on the website.
Another key aspect of the ACS agenda is to influence future appointments to the Supreme Court. Lisa Brown, executive director, tips off her concerns about future appointments: “Need I remind you that President Bush promised that Justices (Clarence) Thomas and (Antonin) Scalia, who wrote scathing dissents in the two cases [UM Law School and Texas Sodomy], would be his model for Supreme Court justices?”
A survey of the entire American Constitution Society website shows one thing conspicuously absent – a copy of the U.S. Constitution!
Ginsburg’s appearance before this new extremist front group is just one more reason she should be impeached from the court. She swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Instead, she has used her position on the court to undermine it, to illegitimately usurp authority from the people and the states and to provide aid and to politicize a branch of the government that should be above partisanship and the narrow agendas of special-interest groups.
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