Damn, way to be a team player! A recent interview with Al-Hayat TV (Egypt), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her distaste of using the US constitution as a potential model for other nations. Speaking in the context of Egypt and other developing countries that are going through systemic changes in government.
It’s a little disheartening to hear a supreme court justice of the United States bemoaningly talk about the constitution’s age as if it were some sort of burden. Granted she has the right to freely express herself of course, but to condemn the age and supposed “irrelevancy” it carries with being out of date is like a general who doesn’t fully supporting his higher ranking commander-in-chief no matter what. The full interview is right here.
“I would not look to the U.S. constitution if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012. I might look at the constitution of South Africa.”
Though maybe perhaps certain parts do need to be looked at and maintained from time to time. Didn’t Thomas Jefferson believe that the U.S. constitution should in fact be treated as a living document? What may work in one country maybe won’t in another that is culturally different. What do you think?