Has Richard Posner committed an impeachable offence? – American Thinker
Writing over at Slate (h/t Joel Pollak), Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit states that he no longer desires the application of the United States Constitution within the American legal system:
And on another note about academia and practical law, 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). Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post – Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today. David Strauss is right: The Supreme Court treats the Constitution like it is authorizing the court to create a common law of constitutional law, based on current concerns, not what those 18th-century guys were worrying about.
In short, let’s not let the dead bury the living.
This isn’t the first time Posner has embarrassed the judiciary, but it is certainly his most irresponsible public statement. It also proves, since he was appointed by former president Ronald Reagan, that conservatives have a terrible track record – perhaps worse than liberals – when it comes to the quality of their judicial choices.
How Posner has escaped impeachment this long remains a mystery, since his ongoing commentaries while remaining on the bench are a textbook example of bringing the administration of justice into disrepute.
What an utter embarrassment. Around five years ago, I was in the middle of a long drive with a colleague/friend heading to a sales call. Let’s call him Sean. Sean was/is a very successful sales person, organized, dedicated, African-American and a staunch Democrat.
We frequently had long drives together as he was based out of Chicago and covered Illinois as his territory and Illinois was one of my territories as well. As we often did, we got to talking about politics and the subject of the Constitution came up. At some point, Sean stated: “Ryan, let’s think about this though. That document is over two-hundred years old, it can’t apply to situations today.”
And I realized at that point that most people in general don’t understand what the Constitution is and I’m not sure if anyone on the Left in this country understands its purpose. I asked him how he would sum up the purpose of the Constitution in a single sentence. He responded with something like “It’s a set of rules and parameters for governance.”
I responded, sounding more angry than I intended: “No. It’s a list of shit the government isn’t allowed to do to you. That doesn’t fucking go out of style.”
Yes, there’s other sections of the Constitution that details the checks and balances associated with the branches of government, but the most important thing about that document is that it limits the government’s power over the citizens… as long as we hold them accountable, which we no longer do.
I challenge anyone to find something in the Constitution that is not applicable to today’s world. The excuse that the Constitution can’t be viable today because of its age is a bunch of fucking nonsense parroted by Liberal idiots who have never even read the document repeating what their overlords have said on CNN or MSNBC.