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Judging the New York Times

Posted by redsatellite on September 18, 2008

One of my favorite pinatas is…the NY Times. Their front page always reads like a personal diary left under a tree by a bleeding heart liberal. Their modus operandi is so transparent, they’re like an alcoholic managing a liquor store. They can’t help themselves. So here is a headline from today:

Supreme Court’s Global Influence Is Waning

Stop right there.

I know immediately this article will MIRROR liberal talking points. I know as sure as the pudgy nose on Rosie O’Donnell’s face that I will once again have to listen to their mantra about the United States’ lack of respect for the ‘global community’. The disregard of International laws….and of course all predicated on the fact that we have- what all liberals feel- is a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Judges around the world have long looked to the decisions of the United States Supreme Court for guidance, citing and often following them in hundreds of their own rulings since the Second World War.

But now American legal influence is waning. Even as a debate continues in the court over whether its decisions should ever cite foreign law, a diminishing number of foreign courts seem to pay attention to the writings of American justices.

And it gets worse…because this locomotive has just left the station….and left without brakes. Get ready America…to be SLEDGEHAMMERED by the liberal elite.

These days, foreign courts in developed democracies often cite the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in cases concerning equality, liberty and prohibitions against cruel treatment, said Harold Hongju Koh, the dean of the Yale Law School. In those areas, Dean Koh said, “they tend not to look to the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

The rise of new and sophisticated constitutional courts elsewhere is one reason for the Supreme Court’s fading influence, legal experts said. The new courts are, moreover, generally more liberal than the Rehnquist and Roberts courts and for that reason more inclined to cite one another.

Well gee, there’s a clue for you…Professor Plum.

Another reason is the diminished reputation of the United States in some parts of the world, which experts here and abroad said is in part a consequence of the Bush administration’s unpopularity around the world. Foreign courts are less apt to justify their decisions with citations to cases from a nation unpopular with their domestic audience.

“It’s not surprising, given our foreign policy in the last decade or so, that American influence should be declining,” said Thomas Ginsburg, who teaches comparative and international law at the
University of Chicago.

Yah…that nasty old ‘Bush doctrine’ again. The one faux-intellect Charlie Gibson snidely talked about with Sarah Palin.

“Most justices of the United States Supreme Court do not cite foreign case law in their judgments,” Aharon Barak, then the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, wrote in the Harvard Law Review in 2002. “They fail to make use of an important source of inspiration, one that enriches legal thinking, makes law more creative, and strengthens the democratic ties and foundations of different legal systems.”

So….memo to liberals: Stop with your incessant discourse that everyone BUT America knows what’s best for America. The U.S. Supreme Court hands down decisions that are in the best interest of….hmmm….here’s a shocker…..the UNITED STATES.

What an incredibly novel idea! We’re a nation of leaders, not followers. Always have been, and if we keep Justices like Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito on the bench – always will be. So do us all a favor, and take your U.S hatred and self-inflicted opprobrium and open up a law practice…..in Paris.

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