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Educating for Democracy: The 'War on the Poor'

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.28.2011 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Over 45 years after the "War on Poverty", we are faced with a "For the Few Deal" -- what I would call a full-fledged "War on the Poor."

Keep Politics Out of the Health Care Litigation

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, let us remember not to conflate the wisdom of the legislation with its constitutionality.

Into the Darkness: Where Constitutional Illiteracy Is Leading Us

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John W. Whitehead

Children should be prepared to experience the beauty of becoming responsible citizens. This will mean teaching them their rights and urging them to exercise their freedoms to the fullest.

Should Government Be of the People, by the People and for the People?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

In President Abraham Lincoln's famous "Gettysburg Address" in November of 1863, he wound up his short speech by exclaiming that the living be dedicate...

Gene Weingarten Revives America's Civic Religion

Bob McNamara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob McNamara

In an effort to update and upgrade our national anthem, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten has penned his own replacement, with music set to th...

I'm Proud of P.J. Crowley

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

For Crowley's burst of principled honesty on Bradley Manning's mistreatment, the Obama administration cashiered him.

Healthcare Opponents' Latest Effort to Circumvent the Constitution: Interstate Compacts

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Republicans who have made such a grand show lately of their allegiance to the Constitution are now seeking to circumvent its requirements in their attempt to repeal the health care law. So much for following the original intent of the Framers.

Freedom of Speech.

Mike Spicer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Spicer

Mike Spicer's Cartoon Blog...

Sarah Palin's Narcissism Feeds Her Constitutional Incompetence

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Palin, who has repeatedly botched the meaning of the First Amendment, had the audacity to school eight of the nine Supreme Court justices, including the very conservative chief justice, on the First Amendment.

Why Obama Is Wrong on DOMA

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Obama has declared that if the president doesn't agree with a law -- even if the courts say it's constitutional -- he can choose not to defend it. This sets a terrible precedent.

How Unions Saved the Constitution

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

Make no mistake: What is at risk in Wisconsin is the quality of life American workers have fought -- and died -- for during the past century. Without the sacrifices of union activists, free speech might never have become a reality.

I'd Like to Recall a Congress...

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

I am not a lawyer, but I have read the Constitution. At the end of Article 1, Section 2 of the Constitution the following phase sits: "The House of ...

The Appeal of the Repeal Amendment

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

There are several efforts under way to gut last year's landmark health care legislation. The best known of these is the lawsuit brought by the attorne...

The Proceduralist: A Brief History of Israeli Constitutionalism

Yoav Sivan | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Yoav Sivan

After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting Israeli Government, you are called upon to reflect on the 62nd anniversary of the ...

In Wake of Tucson, NRA Advocates Armed Militia Movement

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

We must recognize that the NRA's insurrectionist ideology not only presents a grave threat to precious human life, but also undermines the very purpose of our Constitution.

The Right to Bear Arms for National Defense. Wrong!

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Last fourth of July, while sitting in the living room of my historic farm house in Lenox, Massachusetts, which was built by Elijah Northrup in 1770 ...

What The Tea Party And Evangelicals Both Get Wrong

Ben Griffith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ben Griffith

The Tea Party is using the Constitution the same way that so many fundamentalist Christians use the Bible. They deny any kind of subjectivity in the reading process.

Fretting Over Internet Privacy? Relax, You Don't Have to Opt-In to Big Brother.

Val Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Val Brown

Ah, privacy. Is it a relic of the 20th century? Today's society seems rather conflicted on the topic. In the afternoon, we rail at marketers and the l...

The U.S. Constitution Promotes Equality, the Bible Doesn't

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Faheem Younus

Let's explore three questions along the lines of racial, gender, and religious equality and what the Bible has to say about it.

Making America the Best Place on Earth to Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The most telling line in the State of the Union address was this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business." Especially because it wasn't matched by this: "We have to make America the best place on Earth to work."

Engaging High School Students

John C. Fager | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John C. Fager

How do you teach the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the three branches of government without having them doze off or surreptitiously texting their friends?

Renewing the Patriot Act While America Sleeps

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Of course, there is no doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the pol...

Dick Cheney's Heart Device Was Developed With Taxpayer Money

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

The ingenious left ventricular assist device heart pump used by the former vice president was developed by the National Institutes of Health with taxpayer money.

Is Immigration Reform the New Civil Rights Movement?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

many social movements of the last few decades have attempted to appropriate this term as their own. Among the latest to claim the power of the civil rights movement are those who advocate for immigration reform.

What Would Dr. King Think of Today's Poverty?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

While many remember Dr. King for his civil rights activities, far less are aware of the work he did in support of the Poor People's Campaign. Dr. Ki...