Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a sorry excuse for a Supreme Court justice.
I remember when she justified the consideration of foreign law in considering cases before America’s high court.
It’s hard to imagine a more serious infraction against our Constitution or a bigger betrayal of the oath justices are required to take upon their lifetime appointments, but Ginsburg found a way to top herself recently.
In an interview with Egyptian television, she insulted the Constitution before a foreign audience, telling Egyptians they shouldn’t look to the U.S. model for a governing document because it’s old and apparently outdated.
Here are some of her exact words, in case you missed them:
- “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I were drafting a Constitution in the year 2012.”
- “I can’t speak about what the Egyptian experience should be, because I’m operating under a rather old constitution.”
- She said Egyptians should be “aided by all Constitution-writing that has gone on since the end of World War II.”
- “I might look at the Constitution of South Africa. That was a deliberate attempt to have a fundamental instrument of government that embraced basic human rights, had an independent judiciary. … It really is, I think, a great piece of work that was done. Much more recent than the U.S. Constitution.”
These quotes are nothing short of scandalous. They are borderline treasonous. But they also illustrate an absolute contempt for the U.S. Constitution – the one document Supreme Court justices are to use as their scale of justice.
But what should we expect from an old, bitter former political director of the American Civil Liberties Union?
This is what many of us recognized we got when Bill Clinton nominated her for appointment. We tried to persuade Republicans in the Senate not to confirm her. But they did not listen. They are equally culpable for the mess they helped create. Her insult and attack on the Constitution is shared by all of them who voted to confirm her. She was approved 96-3.
Naturally all the Democrats voted to approve her. Here is the hall of shame of Republicans who went along, with only Jesse Helms, Bob Smith and Don Nickles voting no (and Don Riegle, a Democrat, not voting): Bob Bennett of Utah, Chris Bond of Missouri, Hank Brown of Colorado, Conrad Burns of Montana, Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island, Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Richard Cohen of Minnesota, Paul Coverdell of Georgia, Larry Craig of Idaho, Alfonse D’Amato of New York, John Danforth of Missouri, Bob Dole of Kansas, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, David Durenberger of Minnesota, Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina, Slade Gorton of Washington, Phil Gramm of Texas, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Mark Hatfield of Oregon, Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, Jim Jeffords of Vermont, Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas, Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho, Trent Lott of Mississippi, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Connie Mack of Florida, John McCain of Arizona, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bob Packwood of Oregon, Larry Pressler of South Dakota, William Roth of Delaware, Alan Simpson of Wyoming, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Ted Stevens of Alaska, Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, Malcolm Wallop of Wyoming and John Warner of Virginia.
I’d like you to notice as you read over that rogue’s gallery just how many of the names later fell into disgrace for some reason. Notice how many of them switched parties. Most of them are no longer in the Senate, but some are.
What I’m about to suggest could have been prevented by the people above. But they failed miserably in vetting this lifetime appointment. But there is a way out. The House of Representatives is today dominated by Republicans. And one brave person among the 241 of them should push for impeachment of Ginsburg based on her poor record and her flagrantly anti-constitutional position on the court. She is an embarrassment to the USA and for what it stands.
Let’s see where today’s Republicans stand.