Republican Judge: “Absolutely no value” in Studying Constitution, Bill of Rights and Post–Civil War Amendments “do not speak to today”

Judge Richard Posner is an instructor and a judge with the Seventh Circuit, and his ego driven rant is unbelievable.

Judge Richard Posner sees “absolutely no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution because “eighteenth-century guys” couldn’t have possibly foreseen the culture and technology of today.

In a recent op-ed for Slate, Judge Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, argued that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments “do not speak to today.”

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” he wrote. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century.”

He added, “let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

“I worry that law professors are too respectful of the Supreme Court, in part perhaps because they don’t want to spoil the chances of their students to obtain Supreme Court clerkships,” he wrote. “I think the Supreme Court is at a nadir. The justices are far too uniform in background, and I don’t think there are any real stars among them; the last real star, Robert Jackson, died more than 60 years ago.

Posner has also become a huge critic of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and it has been suggested that his vitriol has more to do with jealousy at not being on the Supreme Court or having the influence that Justice Scalia had than it has to do with his mean-spirited personal diatribe against a dead man. Be that as it may, it is shocking that the University of Chicago Law School, and for that matter the Seventh Circuit, would retain Posner as a jurist in view of the oath he took to uphold and honor the Constitution which he has now roundly desecrated and demeaned.

His students should ask for their money back since it is not possible for him to effectively teach something that he so disdains.

Source: Washington Times

Photo: Wikicommons




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