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It’s Been 223 Years; Should We Upgrade the Constitution?

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Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, suggests the Egyptians, while forming their new constitution, should look for inspiration in South Africa’s constitution, not America’s.

“Egyptians should be aided by all Constitution-writing that has gone on since the end of World War II… 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… 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.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She thinks the Constitution is too old. The pot calling the kettle black. If the Constitution is too old; then she is too old for her job. I’m surprised she stayed awake long enough to do the interview. I’ve only seen her nodding off at State of the Union Addresses like an old person at church.

She’s not the only one that has a problem with the Constitution. Our Constitution has too many negative rights according to the President of the United States.

“If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court, I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order and as long as I could pay for it I’d be OK. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.

And that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was because the civil rights movement became so court-focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.”  – Barack Obama

Didn’t these people take an oath to uphold the Constitution?

What’s so good about South Africa’s constitution?

Their preamble states:

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic

One must dig in all the way to article VI of the U.S. Constitution to read:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in…shall be the supreme Law of the Land…

Blah blah this, Olde English words that… The supremacy of the Constitution is at the end of the document and not written in understandable plain English.

No wonder it gets laughed at and trampled on.  So many people today have ADD and won’t read that far into an archaic document. Our legislators routinely pass laws they haven’t read.

South Africa constitution:

12. Freedom and security of the person

2.Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right
a. to make decisions concerning reproduction;
b. to security in and control over their body…

Read between the lines: Abortions for women of any age, at any stage of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever, free of charge.

U.S. Constitution:

Amendment V

No person shall be…deprived of life…without due process of law…

The Founding Fathers had a respect for life. Ginsburg and Obama want to murder babies, and they want our tax money to pay for it.

 South Africa constitution:

15. Freedom of religion, belief and opinion

1.Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.
1. Religious observances may be conducted at state or state-aided institutions, provided that
a.those observances follow rules made by the appropriate public authorities;
they are conducted on an equitable basis; and
b. attendance at them is free and voluntary.

U.S. Constitution

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…

Who says, thereof? It’s too hard to understand. Many people today believe this means separation of church and state. They think this means prayer isn’t allowed in school or the Ten Commandments can’t be displayed at a courthouse. South Africa’s constitution is clear. Franklin Graham can speak at the Pentagon as long as the event is equitable, free and voluntary.

South Africa Constitution:

3.

a.This section does not prevent legislation recognising
i. marriages concluded under any tradition, or a system of religious, personal or family law; or
ii. systems of personal and family law under any tradition, or adhered to by persons professing a particular religion.

Does this law allow gay marriage? It appears to, if, gay marriage is traditional, or a system of religious, personal, or family law. If the couple can profess to be a part of a gay religion; it looks like they can marry in South Africa.

Gay South Africans: Let me know how that works out for you.

U.S. Constitution:

Amendment XIV

Section 1. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of…liberty…without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Article. IV.

Section. 1. Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State…

Section. 2. The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States…

The Constitution doesn’t mention marriage, but if any combination of people, animals or objects manages to get a pastor to perform the service and obtain a marriage license; the Government is compelled to recognize it.

South Africa Constitution:

20. Citizenship

No citizen may be deprived of citizenship.

U.S. Constitution:

Amendment XIV

Section 1. All Persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

Who says words like, wherein? Like I said before; the language is too hard to understand. People that don’t read anyway aren’t going to read the whole Constitution and then the Amendments too. Amendment XIV is halfway through the Amendment section. I don’t believe Joe Lieberman and Charles Dent are aware of Amendment XIV. If so; would they have written the Enemy Expatriation Act?

South Africa Constitution:

21. Freedom of movement and residence
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

U.S. Constitution:

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

There is nothing wrong with our Constitution. We only need to read it. Was Amendment IV read by those who created the TSA and allowed them to keep a woman off a flight because there were no female agents there to feel her up?

South Africa Constitution:

27. Health care, food, water and social security
1. Everyone has the right to have access to
a. health care services, including reproductive health care;
b. sufficient food and water; and
c. social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance.
2. The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these rights.

Read between the lines:

Free. Cradle to Grave government support of every aspect of personal life.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg took an oath to uphold the United States’ Constitution, but she seems to be showing loyalty to Canada’s and South Africa’s. She lauds South Africa’s constitution because it contains so many Human Rights. The truth is; much of it and all the post WWII constitutions are based on ours.

South Africa’s constitution says that housing,  health care, food, water, social security, and education are rights.

The Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…

Rights are given to us by God, not Man. A man can take away your rights, but he cannot give them to you. A right is not something that another man can give you. How can a man give you life? How can a man make you happy?

South Africans, while you’re enjoying all the free stuff you have a “right” to; remember this:

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Gerald Ford

Elections have consequences. Ginsburg was appointed by Bill Clinton. I’m glad I didn’t fall for his “cool” act; playing sax on Arsenio Hall and serial marital infidelities. Now we have Obama and Obamacare. The legality of the ACA is going to be decided by Ginsburg and the Supreme Court.

Is she going to go with South Africa and say that health care is a right, even though to receive it, it must be taken from someone else, or will her decision be guided by the Constitution she swore to uphold?

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