Let's give up on the Constitution
Interesting article. I've always had thoughts like this and I'm pretty sure I agree, although I'm a bit hesitant considering so much of our law and culture stems from the Constitution. The freedoms enshrined in the constitution may be timeless, but the application of these freedom in law still need to be interpreted for modern times. I'm not saying the Constitution is worthless, but it should have any formal authority over our laws.
And I lol at this quote:
Imagine that after careful study a government official — say, the president or one of the party leaders in Congress — reaches a considered judgment that a particular course of action is best for the country. Suddenly, someone bursts into the room with new information: a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries, knew nothing of our present situation, acted illegally under existing law and thought it was fine to own slaves might have disagreed with this course of action. Is it even remotely rational that the official should change his or her mind because of this divination?