If It Feels Good, Make It a Law

A sitting federal judge, in an online opinion piece, says that he believes that studying the Constitution is pretty much a waste of time. He reasons that, “Eighteenth century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc, of the 21st century.”

So why do we seem to think that we are so much smarter today than those of yesterday? I mean, in many – if not most – ways, we have gained a great deal of knowledge and expertise, but have we really learned the lessons that our forefathers meant for us to absorb? Santayana aside, How do we reach the point where a sitting US Judge says that there is no value in studying the past? If he is correct, why bother studying any history at all since virtually nobody, not even popular science, got the future predictions right? If scientists and so-called “experts’ couldn’t see the future, isn’t Judge Posner correct in saying that there is no way that the Framers could have either?

Or… is there another question here that is dying to be asked? And why wouldn’t a legal expert, of which the Judge laments there are not enough, recognize the obvious elephant in the room with regard to his statement about the eighteenth century guys?

Virtually every major Chat Show host across the country has taken the Judge to task for his comments, and one would expect that to happen. But how do we deal with the reality of what he said and the fact that so many agree with his position?

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About Dave

Talk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.

Posted on July 1, 2016, in Constitution, History and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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