A federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan argued in a recent post on Slate that less attention should be paid to the U.S. Constitution since much of it is not relevant to the 21st century.
“I see 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 (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” writes 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner.
“Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” he said. “Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post-Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.”
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday called Posner’s remarks “stunning.”