Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has proved again why she doesn't belong on the U.S. Supreme Court. She really doesn't like our U.S. Constitution, which she swore to uphold and defend, and she probably would like to rewrite it with input from various foreign laws and constitutions.
On a junket to Egypt in January, where the rebels are trying to figure out how to set up a government, she gave her advice. "I would not look to the U.S. Constitution, if I were drafting a constitution in the year 2012," and she suggested using South Africa's constitution as a model rather than ours.
Ginsburg also urged the Egyptians to consult Canada's 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the European Convention on Human Rights. "Why not take advantage of what there is elsewhere in the world?" The South African and Canadian courts have both approved same-sex marriage.
Our Constitution, which has endured for more than two centuries and is the longest lasting Constitution in the world, states clearly that it is "the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby." The Constitution also requires all judicial officers to "be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution."
When Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg in 1993, her views were already well known, due to her extensive work as a feminist attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union. She had a shocking paper trail that betrayed her as a radical, doctrinaire feminist, far out of the mainstream.
As the old adage says, "would that mine enemy had written a book." Ginsburg did write a book called "Sex Bias in the U.S. Code," which she co-authored in 1977 with another feminist, Brenda Feigen Fasteau. They were paid for writing the book with federal funds under contract No. CR3AK010.
Published by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, "Sex Bias in the U.S. Code" was the source of the claim widely made in the 1970s that there were 800 federal laws that "discriminate" on account of sex. The 230-page book was written to identify those laws and to recommend the specific changes demanded by the feminists in order to conform to the "equality principle," for which Ginsburg was the leading advocate in Supreme Court gender cases of the 1970s.
Here are some of the extremist concepts from the Ginsburg book that could have made hilarious entertainment for television viewers of her confirmation hearings. That didn't happen because the senators didn't' have the nerve to question her.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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