Sunday, January 16, 2005

Does the U.S. need legal help from Zambia?

In yet another example of why liberals do America a disservice, this issue covers the notion that judges can cite cases from foreign courts like Zambia, Albania, Bhutan, and Kiribati when interpreting the U.S. Constitution. And many liberals including Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Beyer thinks this is a good idea.

Beyer and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia debated this issue at American University’s School of Law. Scalia, being the very smart, common sense, level-headed justice he is, believes citing a foreign court’s opinion is a bad idea.

Scalia said our legal and moral framework is different than the rest of the world. And Scalia is right (as always). Scalia is also correct when he said that the framers of the U.S. Constitution “would be appalled” to see that the document they wrote being interpreted by foreign laws and opinions.

Didn’t we break away from England to set up our own system? A system that is the best in the world. Do we actually need help from some place like Uganda in interpreting our constitution? America got and is great because we did it our own way, and we don’t need any help from some third world country and their "courts" telling us how to interpret our constitution. Or is it perhaps America-bashing-lets-worry-more-about-a-terrorist’s-due-process-rights-than-our-national-security liberals want to chip away at our sovereignty and make us part of some UN one-world socialist government?

Whatever the reasons liberals have for wanting to water down our sovereignty, they must never be allowed to weaken the greatest legal system in world.


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