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Judge Richard Posner: ‘No value’ in studying the U.S. Constitution

Seventh Circuit 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.”

Judge Posner, an outspoken opponent of late Justice Antonin Scalia, also blasted “absurd” posthumous encomia for the late conservative.

“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. I regard the posthumous encomia for Scalia as absurd. Especially those of Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Justice Elena Kagan.”

David Bernstein, who teaches at Antonin Scalia Law School, formerly George Mason University School of Law, called Judge Posner’s swipe at Scalia “revolting.”

“We all know Posner doesn’t think highly, to say the least, of Scalia. Judging from what Posner writes, the distaste seems to stem primarily from jealousy — Posner thinks he would be a far better Supreme Court Justice than Scalia was, and he resents that as a ‘lower court’ judge, his writings, though highly influential in their own right, will never get the same attention and accolades as Scalia,” Mr. Bernstein wrote.

Me Here....This so called "judge" Posner is a complete disgrace to the robes he wears.  He should immediately turn in his robes and forgo any and all further pay.  Any so called judge that has no respect for our Constitution is a severe slap in the face to all that have served this nation in uniform.  Posner should go to Arlington Nation Cemetery and apologize for his disgraceful conduct to each and every tombstone there.

Mr. Posner, you make me sick!  I risked my life to defend you want to trash.  How dare you!

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Comment by Scarlett Anderson on June 29, 2016 at 7:02pm

He should be disqualified as a judge.

Comment by Edward C Noonan on June 29, 2016 at 1:19pm

What do you expect from the cesspool called Chicago, IL? Do you really think you can get "good fruit" from a "poisoned tree?" The Seventh Circuit has proudly built a land of festering evil.

This joker was appointed by Ronald Reagan. But wikipedia states, "Posner has generally been identified as being politically conservative; however, in recent years he has distanced himself from the positions of the Republican party[2] authoring more liberal rulings involving same-sex marriage and abortion.[3][4]"

But his latest new baptism in Illinois's cesspool of evil (aka urinating on the US Constitution) definitely violates the U.S. Code.

The way I read the words (supposedly) out of Posner's mouth was that he definitely said, "“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending ... minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution..." In otherwords he is advocating the overthrow of the U.S. Constitution! Therefore he is breaking federal law:

5 U.S. Code § 7311
An individual may not accept or hold a position in the Government of the United States or the government of the District of Columbia if he—
(1) advocates the overthrow of our constitutional form of government;"

[end quote]

I urge every reader of this post to demand the resignation of this Posner Marxist-trash!

Comment by Jimmy Hight on June 29, 2016 at 1:09pm

It is a disgrace but so are all the other traitors actions against the Constitution. They are wide open and going for the throat, knowing if they don't succeed then they will lose the high ground and be pushed out. More are standing up but with the media in their back pocket it seems as if we are all alone? Tell it like it is and don't back down

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