U.S. Constitution Loses Appeal Around the World

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

This is interesting.

A study finds the U.S. Constitution “appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a piece in the New York Times.

“Among the world’s democracies, constitutional similarity to the United States has clearly gone into free fall. Over the 1960s and 1970s, democratic constitutions as a whole became more similar to the U.S. Constitution, only to reverse course in the 1980s and 1990s. The turn of the twenty-first century, however, saw the beginning of a steep plunge that continues through the most recent years for which we have data, to the point that the constitutions of the world’s democracies are, on average, less similar to the U.S. Constitution now than they were at the end of World War II.”

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adopted in 1982, may now be more influential than its American counterpart.

The Canadian Charter is both more expansive and less absolute. It guarantees equal rights for women and disabled people, allows affirmative action and requires that those arrested be informed of their rights. On the other hand, it balances those rights against “such reasonable limits” as “can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

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8 Responses to U.S. Constitution Loses Appeal Around the World

  1. One Fly says:

    Yah – no shit because it causes distress to the 1%.
    Bottom line though it was the media that assisted this change and they are still at it. The dark side is winning handily!

  2. feminazi says:

    The US Constitution is written in stone. It requires a 3/5ths vote to amend and in the current political climate, is nearly impossible to change.

  3. Joe in Colorado says:

    I never heard of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms but it certainly sounds more modern and expansive than out 250 year old constitution. I would love to see the USA step more boldly into the 21st century but I don’t see it happening.

  4. Marleycat says:

    Right, it’s so written in stone that we see major violations of the Constitution being LEGISLATED
    to discriminate against minorities, to increase illegal search and seizure (esp if you are not lily white male), and daily new bills introduced locally, state wide, and nationally to undermine equality for all! And, if you have a right wing Supreme Court – that stone the Constitution is subject to major destruction. Citizen’s United is an obvious blow to the Constitution.

    Besides which – what other countries, who hear about the American Constitution through the Tea Party, the GOP, Sarah Palin, Santorum, Fox News, et al, with all the hate and repression of human rights would want to import such a “Constitution”. The citizens in those countries would revolt, thinking their human rights would be taken away and that only the rich and wealthy get “human rights” and a fair share! The RW loudmouth peabrains are so vicious and so obviously stupid – no body anywhere in the world would want what they profess to be the American Constitution!

  5. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    I don’t think it’s so much that Our Constitution has lost its appeal….. I think that the World is witnessing the attacks on our Constitution by the Radical Right, (WRONG) and by the George W. BUSHIT Administration, that have weakened it, and taken away many of our rights, that have made the document less palatable…… This isn’t the America I grew up in, anymore…….

  6. Fran says:

    1. a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.
    2. a state or organization so ruled.
    3. the persons or class so ruling.

    Today, the Obama camp announced they will use Super PAC $.

    In an October 2010, Obama said (regarding Super PAC’s), “You don’t know, it could be the oil industry, it could be the insurance industry, it could even be foreign-owned corporations. You don’t know because they don’t have to disclose. Now that’s not just a threat to Democrats, that’s a threat to our democracy.”

    Nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a Washington watchdog.
    The median net worth of a U.S. senator was $2.63 million in 2010, the most recent year for which financial data are available. That was up 11% from the year before, says CRP.
    The median estimated net worth for House members was $756,765.
    The median net worth of House members almost tripled from 1984 and 2009, while the net worth of Americans declined slightly during the same time, according to the Washington Post and the University of Michigan.

    The elite oober wealthy, aka the dominant class are running the show.
    The Constitution may be written in stone, but honoring it, and so many other laws of the land, can, like so many stones, crumble.

    I rest my case.

  7. Fran says:

    Off Topic but a story of interest:
    Anti-Gay Senator Kicked Out Of Tennessee Restaurant For Being Anti-Gay


  8. Peter Rogers says:

    Africa for the Africans, Asia for the Asians, and White countries for EVERYONE!!???

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

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