Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Conflict of interest

How can a federal judge be trusted to uphold his oath to to make decisions based on law and the Constitution, when the same judge openly declares the Constitution to be irrelevant?

From the Washington Times:
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.”

Methinks the judge attempts to dismiss something the old white guy founders knew well: That societal norms may shift, that technologies may change, but human nature, and the nature of concentrated government power to become abusive are unchanging, and are much the same when this country was founded.

Just because greater technology gives greater potential power to control people does not grant government the power to diminish freedom just because it it technically possible.

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