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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ginsburg Protests Our Sovereignty

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a justice on the supreme court said that our Supreme Court should use international law when interpreting the constitution. Most are (rightly) saying this is wrong, but I'm more interested in the nature of the United States with regard to this viewpoint.

America did not get where it is today without being a leader in the world. If America were using the rest of the world as a rubric for how it should govern her people, we would not have a democracy; in fact, we would have another monarchy. The reason our founding fathers started this great experiment was that they saw oppression and injustice throughout the world and said "there has to be a better way."

What makes America great is its leadership in human rights, freedom, and free trade throughout the world. There is no place on Earth where people breathe free that the U.S. didn't have some level of involvement. To suggest that we should be taking cues from other countries (least of all South Africa), is antithetical to the intent of this country's founding fathers and betrays everything subsequent generations have bled for to preserve.

Perhaps Ginsburg should remember this before suggesting the supposed superiority of other nations. Funny she made these comments outside the country (ala Dixie Chicks).