‘Absolutely no value’ in studying Constitution, federal judge says

Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner stated Friday that he sees “no value” in studying the U.S. Constitution.

Posner, a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, alleges in an op-ed for Slate that there is “absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation” because he believes the founding document is no longer relevant to contemporary society.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    As a judge he invalidates himself with this argument.
    He’s basically saying that he is the law.

    • Martin B

      At least this bastard is honest enough to admit that he judges according to his whim and not according to the Constitution.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Sometimes honesty manifests itself as arrogance.

    • B__2

      Judge Richard “Dredd” Posner: “I Am The Law”, except that the fictional Judge Dredd did abide by the set of established laws even if he didn’t necessarily agree with them. (Great movie, “Dredd”, BTW, but probably a commercial failure because people thought it was a 3D version of the Sylvester Stallone movie “Judge Dredd”.)

    • Clausewitz

      Someone should take away his Constitutional rights to the pursuit of happiness and maim this progressive tool. See if his tune changes.

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  • B__2

    I think his line of thinking is more aligned with that of the Lewis Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty:
    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – – that’s all.”

    (Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 6)

    Without knowing the minds of the original framers, without knowing their original intent, it becomes so much easier to redefine the words in the Constitution to mean anything you want. This has been going on for many years: witness the attempted redefinition of the term, “Militia” from its original meaning to that of a federally organised and paid military force. By doing so, you can re-interpret the 2nd Amendment to mean that the government has allowed its own army to be armed with guns (and only the army).

    What’s the bet that this Judge “Humpty Dumpty” Posner is a big fan of strict gun control – or of banning guns for non-police and non-military altogether?

    • canminuteman

      I imagine that is exactly his intent in this situation,