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A Congress that Took the Oath Seriously would Impeach Judge Richard Posner

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"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)," Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner writes in Slate.  "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."

Constitutional scholar Josh Blackman, Associate Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law, noted Posner's judgment on the oath he freely took in order to gain power:

It's funny to talk about the oath judges take to uphold the constitution since the Supreme Court has transformed the Constitution in its decisions. The oath is not really to the original constitution, or to the constitution as amended. It is to some body of law created by the Supreme Court. You can forget about the oath. That is not of significance.


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