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President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Fear and Why the Tea Party Will Fade Away

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Jim Taylor

I believe that the Tea Party will have only a minor influence on the midterm elections (and that influence will benefit the Democrats) and a lingering presence on the political scene for a few years.

Constitutional Hunting Season Heats Up

Alain L. Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alain L. Sanders

The language, the principles, and the logic of our democracy all indicate that the Founders strived to design a vibrant and adaptable system.

Restoring the Fourth Amendment: How We the People Can Win Over Washington

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With 2010 finding our government institutions tone deaf and disengaged on addressing our mounting constitutional crises, there have been few riper times for a transpartisan political offensive.

Rand Paul and Congressional Power to Secure Civil Rights

David Gans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Gans

The text and history recounted in The Shield demonstrate that Paul is wrong about Congress' authority to enact civil rights legislation applying to private persons and businesses.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

The 17th Amendment is Good for America

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a movement afoot to repeal the 17th Amendment of the United States Constitution which allows for the two US Senators from each state to be "el...

Rhode Island's David Segal's Call for a Constitutional Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

It is impossible for any fair minded soul, whether Democratic or Republican, to look at the current state of the American democracy and not believe that something has gone profoundly wrong.

Secular Law Is Progressive, Constitutionally

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

In selecting a new justice to replace Stevens, all that's necessary is to a capable and honest person to uphold a progressive instrument of governance.

Obama's Unacceptable Replacement for Justice Stevens: Jesus Christ (esq.)

Rob Kutner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rob Kutner

The shoulder pads in John Paul Stevens' robe haven't even cooled yet, but the President has already found a replacement with even more divisive and liberal credentials: Jesus H. Christ.

Second Amendment Rallies Present Open Threat to Rule of Law

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

With two pro-gun marches approaching in Washington and Virginia, the NRA should make it clear that, no matter what their feelings about firearm regulation, there is no constitutional right to insurrection.

Pakistani President Gives Up Some Power, Voluntarily

Mahawish Rezvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahawish Rezvi

President Zardari has been accused of abusing the powers granted him by the constitution. Thus, giving them up is a political move, a last ditch effort to hang onto office after 18 months of political mishaps.

Judges to Congress: Don't Legislate Indefinite Detention

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The U.S. government is already detaining hundreds of suspects captured abroad at Guantanamo Bay. The question is whether Congress should expand that authority and define it in more detail.

Tipsy at the Tea Party: A Sober Look at Proposals to Repeal Portions of the Constitution

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The Tea Party's sights appear to be set on constitutional amendments ratified after the Civil War. To repeal these hard-won parts of our Constitution would be pure folly.

May Justice Win

Naoma Nagahawatte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naoma Nagahawatte

While most Americans are scrambling to figure out whether the new healthcare bill will benefit or burden them, the opposition is challenging the constitutionality of the new law in court.

Nat Hentoff: A Civil Libertarian Takes on Obama and the World

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John W. Whitehead

Last Tuesday, a friend, an inveterate civil libertarian, called me as broken bodies were still being placed on stretchers. 'This is going to cause a s...

Scalia's "Textualism" Is Really "The Text According To Scalia"

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

A close look at the Supreme Court's 8-1 decision this week in Hamilton v. Lanning -- with Scalia alone, dissenting -- lays bare the fundamental fallacy of his strict constructionist claims.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Feel Safer Now?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

For the last close to three years, Syed Fahad Hashmi has been living in solitary confinement in a federal lockup, awaiting a trial.

You Wanna Go to the Prom?

Michael Seitzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Seitzman

I have a challenge to every prom committee out there in every city, town, and village across America. Show the world that we're not all like the parents and students of the Itawamba County School district.

We Need to Stop Leaning into Scalia's Punches

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The Court's monumentally wrong ruling in Citizens United v. FEC has laid bare the underbelly of the conservative legal project. It's time for progressives to have that honest brawl about why the Constitution itself points in a progressive direction.

A Constitution Written in Indelible Ink

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

We've obviously gone a little crazy. But how much crazier would things be if we didn't have the indelible ink on the Constitution as a touchstone?

A New Debate on the Court and the Constitution

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Constitution doesn't, it turns out, belong only to the handful of men who drafted it two hundred years ago. Ironically, it's thanks to the far-right bloc on the Court that Americans are more open than ever to hearing this message.

Reproductive Fraud? Sham Pregnancy Centers Face Pushback

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

It's increasingly difficult to figure out which of the numerous organizations claiming to offer "reproductive health services" actually provide termination referrals and which are merely sham clinics established by right-wing religious activists.

George Will's War on Birthright Citizenship and His Own Constitutional "Principles"

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

George Will's column in Sunday's Washington Post argues that there is solid basis for denying birthright citizenship to children born in the United States of illegal immigrants.