Thursday, March 16, 2006

But At Least She's Getting Really Old

The always-excellent Mark Levin has the goods on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's asinine speech in South Africa from last month. (Incidentally, as a side note: am I the only one who finds it strange that these Supreme Court Justices can flit around the globe giving these speeches, and sometimes we don't find out what they said for months afterward? It shows me two things: 1). Somebody needs to be keeping a far closer eye on these clowns, and 2). the Supreme Court is allowed to operate under a veil of way too much secrecy and anonymity. They should install television cameras in the Court yesterday.)

Referring to congressional legislation that would explicitly bar the Court from citing foreign law in it's rulings, Ginsburg said:
These measures recycle similar resolutions and bills proposed before the 2004 elections in the United States, but never put to a vote. Although I doubt the current measures will garner sufficient votes to pass, it is disquieting that they have attracted sizable support. And one not-so-small concern - they fuel the irrational fringe.
Ah yes, that irrational fringe that thinks that U.S. courts ought to be applying U.S. laws and the U.S. Constitution. Crazy people, those.

Ginsburg goes on to ridiculously compare judicial originalists to the perpetrators of the Dred Scott decision (when precisely the opposite was actually the case--the justices responsible Dred Scott were judicial activists). As Levin points out:
To the best of my knowledge, Ginsburg has never spoken publicly about the attacks on the judiciary or nominees to the bench by leftwing groups, bloggers and members of Congress — whose rhetoric and tactics are typically poisonous. Perhaps the reason is that she’s sympathetic to their goal, which is the perpetuation of judicial supremacy.
With the merciful retirement of Sandra Day O'Connor, Ginsburg is the most dangerous woman in America. If we had a populous that was familiar with the Constitution and American history, she'd already have been impeached.

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