Richard A. Posner is a judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School:
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 21stcentury. Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.
I was not aware that the Constitution had been recalled, and I’d hate to find myself on the wrong side of a debate with the distinguished judge, but we here in the hinterlands like our rights. I think the Bill of Rights ‘speaks to today’ whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean.
We’d like to understand that the restrictions put on government are still in place.
We’d really like for the restrictions the government puts on us, are proper.
Constitutions do that. At least they used to.
Time and again the federal government coerces states and the citizens into one action or another, holding our own taxes hostage. Time and again regulations are piled upon existing regulations to the point where an honest businessperson can’t help but break 15 rules before breakfast. Again and again we find basic rights of free expression, religious practice and free speech limited by the government and its representatives.
The 21st century is no different from the previous. Full of arrogant elites, blustering politicians and pompous blowhards who want to take away freedom.