By Peter Papaherakles
The U.S. Constitution, the most important safeguard of liberty in the world, is under constant attack by the forces of globalization—and those we have entrusted to protect it are falling down on the job.
In a recent interview with Al Hayat Television in Egypt, an Egyptian reporter asked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for advice on how to form a constitution for the new government, which overthrew President Hosni Mubarak last year.
She was asked: “Would your honor’s advice be to get a part of other countries’ constitutions, or should we develop our own draft?”
Justice Ginsberg responded: “I would not look to the U.S. Constitution if I was drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa.”
This shocking comment comes from a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice who has sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.
She added that she chose South Africa’s constitution, because it supports “human rights.” Is Mrs. Ginsburg aware that South Africa has a Marxist regime that has sunk into anarchy and chaos? Has she asked any of the white South Africans, who have seen their fellow countrymen attacked and murdered, how they feel about their human rights being protected?
The New York Times echoed similar sentiments recently, suggesting the U.S. Constitution is losing its allure around the world because it does not guarantee human rights like free food and healthcare. It inhibits the government from implementing these.
Barack Obama has also expressed his frustration on several occasions. In a Chicago Public Radio interview, Obama said that the U.S. Constitution is “deeply flawed.” Although it “paved the way,” he said, it needs to be reexamined and modified to fit in with today’s realities. He has repeatedly complained that the Constitution ties his hands.
Many people feel deeply betrayed because Obama reneged on his promise to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. In that bill, Obama and Congress struck down portions of the Constitution by taking away due process of law, a vital element of the Bill of Rights. Not only are the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments compromised by this act, but the First Amendment as well. Americans’ most basic right, the right to free speech, is fading away. If one expresses the wrong opinion, one can be deemed a threat to national security and taken away indefinitely without due process or even an explanation.We have not yet begun to see the implementation of this breach of our rights, but the groundwork has been set.
The Constitution is the greatest political covenant written since the Magna Carta as far as guaranteeing the people protection against the tyranny of government. It is a sacred document. The whole world envies the United States for having it. Why are the people who have sworn to “uphold and defend” it defaming and destroying it?
Neither Obama nor Justice Ginsburg has displayed much wisdom or love for this country. What gives them the right to infringe the liberties that our Founding Fathers spilled so much blood to secure?
Pete Papaherakles, a U.S. citizen since 1986, was born in Greece. He is AFP’s outreach director. If you would like to see AFP speakers at your rally, contact Pete at 202-544-5977.