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? [Here]
If the author thinks it is ridiculous that, for example, revenue measures have to begin in the House rather than the Senate, why not start a campaign to change that? Changing the Constitution is what the author, who says he has taught Constitutional law for thirty years, seems to have ignored. Since we can make amendments to it, then anything that is ridiculous in it can be changed, so the idea that “a group of white propertied men who have been dead for two centuries” have unreasonable control over our lives is absurd.