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01-29-2013, 01:57
Try to keep up, people.
In an interview (http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/01/28/Rand-Paul-Obama-Would-Prefer-A-Different-Type-Of-Constitution) with Breitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) made the astute observation that Barack Obama is not just skeptical of our Constitution, but also has an alternative model in mind: the South African constitution (http://www.info.gov.za/documents/constitution/1996/index.htm). That document has been the object of fascination and envy for the American legal left ever since it was negotiated and passed in the mid-1990s, during South Africa’s transition to democracy.

The left is obsessed with a particular section of the South African constitution: its Bill of Rights (http://www.info.gov.za/documents/constitution/1996/96cons2.htm), which includes so-called “positive,” or socioeconomic rights: the right to housing, the right to a clean environment, the right to health care, the right to food and water, and so on. South Africa's Bill of Rights also prevents discrimination on the basis of a wide range of categories, including both gender and sex, culture, sexual orientation, and pregnancy.

If that sounds like the wish list of the American “progressive” movement, that is because it is: many of the legal scholars who influenced South Africa’s constitutional negotiations were from the United States. One of the most important was professor Frank Michelman of Harvard Law School, whose contribution to South Africa’s doctrine of socioeconomic rights was lauded last year (http://www.law.harvard.edu/news/spotlight/constitutional-law/symposium-in-honor-of-professor-frank-michelman.html) by South African Constitutional Court justice Sandile Ngobo.

01-29-2013, 06:06
It is as hard to protect the people from the ignorance of learned men who know that they are right as it is to protect the people from despotism.


01-29-2013, 06:12
I assume nobody will care, or they'll whitewash (no pun intended) how that's really working out for South Africa. One more African country destroyed by the western socialists.