I drove at least a dozen couples to and from their happy festivities this Valentine's Day; some slightly inebriated but all on an upbeat swing in their lives. They were mostly young but a sprinkling of middle-aged couples.
The United States offers protections to individuals who have suffered persecution, or fear that they will suffer persecution, due to their race, religion, national origin, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.
Want to change how many lawmakers it takes to pass the state's budget? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to change the definition of marriage? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to cut or increase taxes? Pass a ballot initiative.
As we shape our decisions we should bear in mind the interests of the ultimate beneficiaries of the Rome Statute system -- the victims and affected communities who have been subjected to atrocity crimes.
At the heart of the NGRI defense is the claim the defendant either lacked the capacity to know right from wrong (was brain-damaged, intellectually impaired) or had a mental disorder when the crime was committed, causing an inability to act within the law's requirements.
It is past time for the president to let his actions speak for him and they will speak louder than any of his words. That is what the American people are waiting for. That is also what the banks, Wall Street and their allies fear most.