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U.S. Constitution Losing Appeal Worldwide

There are 36 comments on the www.nytimes.com story from Feb 7, 2012, titled U.S. Constitution Losing Appeal Worldwide. In it, www.nytimes.com reports that:

Topix Staff Feature

The New York Times reports the unenviable fact that the United States Constitution has ceased to be, well, the envy of the world according to a new study. While the first three decades that followed World War 2 were a high watermark for America's founding document abroad, with foreign nations eager to adopt its tenets for their own constitutions, in the years since its influence has waned:

“Among the world’s democracies,” Professors Law and Versteeg concluded, “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 U.S. is no longer seen to be the trendsetter in the "constitutional marketplace" according to David S. Law, one of the study's authors. Why? Because the U.S. Constitution guarantees a relatively limited number of rights, while increasingly admired countries like Canada offer a much longer list. As the New York Times' Adam Liptak puts it:

The Constitution is out of step with the rest of the world in failing to protect, at least in so many words, a right to travel, the presumption of innocence and entitlement to food, education and health care.
Then again saying it doesn't make it so. The study's authors also found a link between undemocratic countries and the use of nice-sounding constitutional rhetoric, the likes of which you'll see in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the course of their investigation.

Indeed. North Korea, anyone?

What do you think? Is the world wrong to move away from the principles of America's founding document, or is the U.S. out of step with the times?

Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.nytimes.com.

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Gravediggers

Bakersfield, CA

#1 Feb 7, 2012
Democratts are trying to rewrite the Constitution.

And Barack Obama is leading the way!

Time to vote out EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN 2012!

NObama in NOvember!

Obama=wants to change the Constitution

Since: Feb 12

Prahran, Australia

#2 Feb 7, 2012
pity there isnt one republican candadate that can beat obama... didnt bush say the constitution was a worthless piece of paper...

“ ILKS r kewl ”

Since: Apr 09

Conch republic

#3 Feb 7, 2012
The U.S. IS out of step.. its isnt 1778 OR 'before this guy named jesus was born in some desert' anymore.

Since: Dec 07

Spring, TX

#4 Feb 7, 2012
wellreadcam wrote:
pity there isnt one republican candadate that can beat obama... didnt bush say the constitution was a worthless piece of paper...
No, he didn't say that. It was a democrat propaganda lie of many against Bush. Nor did he spray chemtrails on us, he didn't have a 90,000 acre ranch in paraguay to rule the new world order, he didn't cause kartina as Hillary tried to claim. The left leaders will fabricate anything, their followers will believe anything.
http://www.factcheck.org/2007/12/bush-the-con...
The Commish

Monessen, PA

#5 Feb 7, 2012
wellreadcam wrote:
pity there isnt one republican candadate that can beat obama... didnt bush say the constitution was a worthless piece of paper...
What he said was you are a worthless POS!

Since: Feb 12

Prahran, Australia

#6 Feb 7, 2012
the usa is a shadow of its former self... economically broken... militarily on the decline... worldwide influence declining as well..
the rise of a facist influence is now there for all to see... there constitution has been in constant flux since its inception.. both sides have changes it , worked around it and abused it... to say only one side wants to change it is niave at best...
firehimnow

Springfield, OR

#7 Feb 7, 2012
Gravediggers wrote:
Democratts are trying to rewrite the Constitution.
And Barack Obama is leading the way!
Time to vote out EVERY SINGLE DEMOCRAT IN 2012!
NObama in NOvember!
Obama=wants to change the Constitution
Your brain is inside your head ass backwards.

“Conserve Wildlife Habitat”

Since: Dec 10

SE Michigan

#8 Feb 7, 2012
wellreadcam wrote:
pity there isnt one republican candadate that can beat obama... didnt bush say the constitution was a worthless piece of paper...
Ron Paul knows it is not!
Ron Paul CAN beat Obama.
Ron Paul is fighting to restore the Constitution.
Ron Paul is the only worthy candidate for president.

Since: Feb 12

Prahran, Australia

#9 Feb 7, 2012
ron paul has one thing going against him in politics in america... he speaks the truth.. and sees thing as they are.... americas seem to mistrust the truth...
i agree he is the only one that can save america....
but america is adicted to war.. a hard addiction to break

“Conserve Wildlife Habitat”

Since: Dec 10

SE Michigan

#10 Feb 7, 2012
Who gives a damn what people around the world think of OUR Constitution? If they don't like it, they can stay where they are and quit trying to get into this country and live under it's protection.

Since: Oct 08

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#11 Feb 7, 2012
Most if not all of the asshats in Washington have never read it and don't care. Some day this country will be a shit
hole like the rest of the world. they just need more time to f*** it up.
Teach

United States

#12 Feb 7, 2012
And we care what the rest of the world thinks....because?

Moliner

El Centro, CA

#13 Feb 7, 2012
Skuttlebutt wrote:
Most if not all of the asshats in Washington have never read it and don't care. Some day this country will be a shit
hole like the rest of the world. they just need more time to f*** it up.
That's why Obama is running for a second term.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#14 Feb 7, 2012
wellreadcam wrote:
pity there isnt one republican candadate that can beat obama... didnt bush say the constitution was a worthless piece of paper...
no, you are wrong...that was bin laden...and we know how much his opinion is worth now. don't we?
torch

Brookneal, VA

#15 Feb 7, 2012
Troth for Leogere wrote:
The U.S. IS out of step.. its isnt 1778 OR 'before this guy named jesus was born in some desert' anymore.
Please do WE THE PEOPLE a favor and move out of the U.S. you would be much happier in russia or china
radiofreeamerica

Tampa, FL

#16 Feb 7, 2012
Well the Constitution has definitely lost its appeal to liberal Democrats and some Republicans.
Cat74

United States

#17 Feb 7, 2012
Why would we care what the Democrats, or anyone in the world thinks of our Constitution. We know the Democrats want to rewrite it, or ignore it, but soon we will have a majority of new leaders who will respect the Constitution, and the rest of the world be damned.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#18 Feb 7, 2012
I agree that we shouldn't much care what the rest of the world thinks of our Constitution. But what can you expect from other nations when they see our leaders themselves disregarding the document?

The very reason our nation is increasingly being seen as a declining former superpower, past it's prime, is precisely because we have allowed our leaders to drift so far away from the precepts of the Constitution as to make it nearly irrelevant.

When our nation scrupulously follows Constitutional principles, we grow and prosper. When we ignore those principles, we flounder and go into decline.

It is up to us to elect leaders, at all levels of government, who will respect the liberty ingrained within our Constitution. If those leaders fail to do so, it is up to us to remove them from power at the next election.

If our nation is to survive, it is time to get serious about electing people who will uphold our Constitution, put government back into it's place as the servant of the people, and free up our citizens to once again build an economic base that no other nation can equal.

We've done it before, we can do it again.
Stratton

Dedham, MA

#19 Feb 7, 2012
Which do you think has lost more appeal - the US Constitution, or the New York Times? Take a look at their circulation numbers and then ask yourself where they get off pontificating about anything any more.
Fck U

Charleston, SC

#20 Feb 7, 2012
The rest of the world is not relevant to our Constitution and Laws.

I am so sick of Obama and his angry racist fat wife. I want the sob put under a prison.

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