Besides, the reason we're doing so bad is that our own government isn't even following it! Executive Orders reaching beyond the power of the Executive Department, the ACTA passed by the UN and signed by President Obama as an "Executive Agreement" to try and call it non-binding, and then people actually trying to say the Senate should be forced to ratify it if people think it's overreaching by the President. Yes, that makes sense! Let's ratify every treaty the President signs illegally or just pass every Executive Order he makes as law instead of automatically overturning them because THEY ARE NOT WITHIN HIS POWER TO DECIDE AS PRESIDENT. I give to you:
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present. Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2
Notice the requirement to get 2/3 of the Senate to approve treaties? Democrat controlled Senate and he couldn't even get that for his ACTA stunt. Oh, by the way, he signed that document before SOPA was brought up in Congress.
Oh, and here is the oath President Obama swore when he became President, "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Article 2, Section 1, Clause 9. His consistent ignoring of the Constitution is reason enough for him to be impeached, he has broken his oath to this Country.
Or how about HHS passing a mandate that removes the ability for citizens to practice their religion without government interference? And then having the military (who have ALL sworn an oath to support the Constitution and protect the country for enemies foreign and domestic) try to silence a statement by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, who was in turn sending out a message from the US bishops in response to that mandate. I love how Kathleen Sebelius (a supposed Catholic) is the one who issued the mandate, and was oh so nice to give them until Aug 1, 2013 to "adapt" to the changes. Someone needs to be excommunicated if you ask me.
Next thing you know our government will be acting like the UK, and forcing implants on our kids without our knowledge. This is a country the Liberals love so much, with their so advanced thinking...
There is a reason that our Constitution is the longest lasting such document currently in existence. It works, when it's allowed to! The average rate of replacement for most of the 180 or so countries in the world is 19 years. Yes, 19 years! Why do we care what their opinion on our Constitution is? Our has lasted for over 200 years. Further down in that NYT article you'll notice a mildly amusing statement (while also saddening because people will read it and believe it) that our Constitution does not carry a presumption of innocence. The 5th Amendment clearly states that no person shall "be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." If you're presumed guilty you would immediately be deprived of liberty and property. That's why cops have to get a warrant to search your house, freeze your assets, and hold you for more than 24 hours. They have to present enough evidence to prove to a judge that you might possibly be guilty before they can even bring it to trial.
Here's some of those oh-so-great constitutions that Justice Ginsburg proposed Egypt should model their new constitution off of:
South Africa, that STILL has problems even after Mandela managed to get the country to overthrow a massively repressive government. It's doing so much better now (/sarcasm).
Yes, that's right, Canada was on the list of countries they should use as a model. The country where anything said that points to a specific victim group is classified as hate speech and leads to jail time. So much for Freedom of Speech.
The European Convention... The EU is doing so bad overall that it makes California look good. Germany and France are the only countries holding the entire thing up right now. They have honor killings occurring in their countries on a regular basis, a worse problem with welfare than we do, and a quickly shrinking population.
What's even more amusing about the above constitutions is that we actually do have the majority of the rights listed in them, and the length of ours is far shorter than theirs. This equality of results that our government, and other governments, is currently pushing is total bull. It is impossible to have equality of results. Someone has to win, someone has to lose. If we had actual equality of results, nobody would ever win an election. Anyone who wanted the position would then have to share it with everyone else, and nobody would be in charge, because then you'd have inequality. Doesn't that just sound like a perfectly utopian idea to you?
The EU experiment did not work. Our elected representatives (and the various agencies using unconstitutional power) need to stop turning us into Europe. It does not work, it will not work!