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Arizona's "Show Me Your Papers" Law Gets Its Day in Court -- and Congress

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The Supreme Court shouldn't buy S.B. 1070 supporters' claims when it hears arguments tomorrow. The Constitution doesn't allow states to set immigration and foreign policy, and it certainly doesn't allow them to do so in a manner that discriminates against people of color.

Law-enforcement Leaders Agree: State Anti-immigrant Laws Encourage Discrimination

Ali Noorani | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Ali Noorani

At its heart, America is an idea, not an ideology. And the idea that all men (and women) are created equal is unique to America. Once we allow law enforcement to ask someone for identification because they look less equal, the idea of America weakens.

Romney v. Obama!

Susie Sampson | Posted 06.24.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

With Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate, I wanted to see how other Americans feel about this race. It seems the Constitution is a take-it-or-leave-it sort of thing these days... who needs to actually read it, right?

Is Social Security Unconstitutional?

Terry Newell | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

If the Supreme Court holds that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which requires every American adult to purchase health insurance or pay a fine, is unconstitutional, why could not Social Security be next?

On Anti-immigration Laws and the Supreme Court

Leo Pierson D'Cruz | Posted 06.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Leo Pierson D'Cruz

The American sociologist, Erving Goffman, famously wrote, "By definition...we believe the person with a stigma is not quite human. On this assumption we exercise varieties of discrimination."p

Supreme Damage: Why the Court Can't Throw Out Obamacare

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The fact is that serious wreckage would result from a bad decision. Attempting to unscramble this omelet would be a national nightmare.

Count Me: An Ode to Liberty

Robin Koerner | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Left and Right and Right and Left / Have left America bereft / Of liberty, its founding light. / Christians, Liberals speak of peace / Until they hold the nation's leash, / And send its youth to fight.

Constitution Is Clearly a Living Document

Byron Williams | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

The Constitution must be a living document if it is to represent those living today. The flaw in its inception would be its original intent excluded so many people.

Regarding Iran, America Must Look to the Constitution

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 06.13.2012 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Nothing can so erode confidence in the proper use of power by the strongest nation in the world than failure to adhere to the rules that we have agreed should be binding.

When Is Judicial Activism Appropriate?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The Affordable Care Act case is a perfect case for judicial restraint. If the states that brought the suit want to change the law, they can do it through the political process. That is the point of democracy. They do not need the justices of the Supreme Court to do the job for them.

Selecting Facts Regarding the Supreme Court

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The Constitution does not explicitly state that the Supreme Court has the right to review laws and declare them constitutional or not. In fact, the Supreme Court gave themselves this power in Marbury v. Madison.

Strip-Searching America: Florence v. County of Burlington

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In an age when the courts show greater deference to bureaucracy than democracy, making life easier for harried jailers trumps the Constitution. Consequently, any person who is arrested can now be subjected to a degrading strip search.

Getting Clear About Voting Independent

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

What matters is having a leader, not a politician, assume political office. And so I suggest that people look to break out of the two-party trance and take on a pro-active role in taking your government back to serve You, your family, your friends, your community.

Decision Point: U.S. Air Force Airmen Trace the Footsteps of General Washington, Take an Oath of Service

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 06.03.2012 | DC
Ravi Chaudhary

On a cool, spring morning in Annapolis, Md., Capt. Darren Long, U.S. Air Force, leads a small detail of Airmen in the rotunda of the historic Maryland State Capitol.

The Constitution and Health Insurance

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Are there ways in which the Constitution isn't the inerrant guidelight we were taught to think of it as in secondary school? That is, what about airplane security?

TBD Colorado and the State Constitution

John Flerlage | Posted 05.29.2012 | Denver
John Flerlage

The biggest issue facing Colorado and the key to addressing the important issues listed above is the resolution of the conflicts within the state constitution.

What Health Care is Like: Seeking Supreme Analogies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Health care is nothing like cell phones, or any of the other things that "might" come in handy during some future emergency: a bulletproof vest, a car, a ladder, a fire extinguisher, a helicopter, a Hazmat suit, a gas mask, a tank, etc. Truly, about the worst analogy I've ever heard.

Supreme Court Ruling Against Affordable Care -- A Blessing in Disguise?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Supreme Court wrestles with how to untangle the constitutional complexities of the Affordable Care Act, the politics are becoming crystal clear -- and they may ultimately benefit those of us who would like to see affordable, high-quality health care for all Americans.

Who Really Represents the States in the Health Care Cases?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

When the Justices hear the six hours of argument on the constitutionality of healthcare reform this week, there will no doubt be much talk about "states' rights." But it is important to remember that the one arguing doesn't truly represent "the states" v. the federal government.

The Three Political Parties of America

Robin Koerner | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Robin Koerner

There are three political parties in the United States today, and they are all fielding candidates for the presidency. The parties are the Republicrats, the Scared Religionists, and the Freedom and Peace Party.

5 Reasons to Stop Questioning The President's Faith

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If a bunch of loose correlations are enough to call Mr. Obama a Muslim, then you might as well declare Thomas Jefferson to be a Muslim too!

Dave Jamieson

Tea Party Stands With Unions Against Controversial Bill | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Subscribers to an Atlanta Tea Party email list received an alert Monday morning urging them to take a stand against SB 469, a controvers...

Mitt, Want to Win the Nomination Before the Convention?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

If you want to wrap this up and move to challenge President Obama in the fall, you need to learn from Al Gore's mistakes.

Current Radical GOP Rhetoric Contradicts True Values of Conservatism

The Daily Nebraskan | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
The Daily Nebraskan

Commercials on late-night TV tell you a pill can make you slim without diet or exercise. Politicians preach a similar vision. Everything will be better if you just submit to progress. That claim simply isn't true.

Guantanamo: "Whatever the Government Says..."

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is easy to understand the desire to be risk averse about releasing a possibly dangerous individual from Guantanamo. But we must also consider the consequences of imprisoning indefinitely an innocent person.