iOS app Android app

US Constitution

When Being Right With God Is Not Enough

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Certainty is not an indicator of righteousness. I suspect it is rather the reverse, that the more certain you are that you are right, the more likely you are to be terribly, terribly wrong.

Advice for a Young Voter (a Letter to My Son)

Katherine Meadowcroft | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Katherine Meadowcroft

Last summer my son turned 18 years old. I enthusiastically said to him, "Wonderful, you can vote for our next president." He answered, rather gloomily, "I feel it is pointless, they all make promises they never fulfill. How can I choose a candidate?"

Choking on Our Certainty

Byron Williams | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

There is an unhealthy arrogance of certainty permeating our political discourse that says: Only our side is virtuous. Only our side is pure, moral, high-minded, ethical and principled.

Scalia's Views on Religious Neutrality Reveal He Is Neutral on Sanity

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Scalia's views are precisely what our forefathers feared so terribly and worked so diligently to avoid. In addition to ignoring our Bill of Rights, Scalia has abandoned any pretense of logic to support his faith.

Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.29.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In a presentation of the theses contained in her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, author Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. asked the mixed-race audience, "How many of you think there is white racism?"

In the Spirit of "Peace on Earth," God Appears on Fox News to Call for Gun Control

Flora Nicholas | Posted 12.22.2016 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

In a surprising move this holiday season, Our Father, which normally art in heaven, descended down to earth yesterday and added His Almighty voice to the call for gun control. Dressed in a pure white suit, and looking not unlike Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty, God appeared on Fox News and said:

Change in Church and State Relations

Martin Marty | Posted 12.14.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

The question of Catholic power or "aggression" and American public education made front-page news regularly, but "church and state" understandings have changed often, since.

A Time to Speak Out Against Islamophobia

Terry Newell | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

I have always been proud to be an American. I am not so proud right now, as waves of intolerance against Islam and Muslims wash across our landscape. To remain silent is to acquiesce in what is taking place.

Religious Fervor and Guns

William Duggan | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
William Duggan

There is no debate among American gun jihadists: their reading of the Second Amendment justifies civilian deaths, period.

Removing the Spectacle From Mass Shootings

Ira Silver | Posted 12.04.2016 | Crime
Ira Silver

Amidst the extensive coverage of Wednesday's massacre in San Bernardino is a key story angle journalists seldom consider: that we'd all be better off if these rampages didn't make the headlines.

Judge Posner to Speech-Squelching Sheriff: Cease and Desist

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It's well known that the First Amendment prohibits government officials from acting as censors. So it should surprise no one that officials seeking to suppress speech of which they disapprove choose their words carefully.

Obama's Escalation in Syria

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.12.2016 | World
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's announcement that he would send up to 50 U.S. Special Forces to "train, advise and assist" armed militia fighting forces of the so-called "Islamic State" in Syria marks an escalation in U.S. military involvement in that country.

Can the Government Put a Price Tag On Your Right to Choose Your Lawyer?

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

When, if ever, can the government effectively prevent a criminal defendant from using their legitimate assets to hire a lawyer? That's the fundamental question that the Supreme Court confronts in Luis v. United States--a question that implicates the integrity of the criminal justice system.

It's Not Too Late for Amendment 28

Jason Fabrikant, J.D. | Posted 11.02.2016 | Politics
Jason Fabrikant, J.D.

Taxpaying American citizens in D.C. currently lack full political representation in Congress. I am not suggesting statehood, only that D.C. have the right guaranteed to other U.S. citizens by the Constitution to vote for not just the President, but also for fully voting members of Congress.

Is Politics a Profession?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

We don't hand over the controls of jetliners to just anyone. Nor should we hand over the controls of the presidency to political beginners.

FBI Agents Accused Of Torturing U.S. Citizen Abroad Can't Be Sued

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

Federal agents who illegally detain, interrogate and torture American citizens abroad can't be held accountable for violating the Constitution. A divi...

Justice Scalia Says He'll Retire Once He 'Can't Do The Job As Well'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

Justice Antonin Scalia isn't stepping down from the U.S. Supreme Court soon, but he offered some clues Tuesday as to when he might. In a speech at the...

9/11 Military Commission Stalls Again Over Defense Representation Rights

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.19.2016 | World
Daphne Eviatar

It was a typical Monday morning at the Guantanamo military commissions. Within the first 15 minutes, the judge had to adjourn the pre-trial hearing in the case of the five defendants accused of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, this time because one of the defendants had asked a question. And no one knew the answer.

Amending the Constitution Could Curb Gridlock

Byron Williams | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

The congressional method has been the only method used to amend the Constitution. Though states over the decades have attempted to amend the Constitution, such efforts have proven unsuccessful.

Why Our Democracy is Broken and How to Fix It

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 10.15.2016 | Politics
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

Imagine what Congress would look like if voters could realistically vote for not just Republicans and Democrats, but also the Tea Party, the Green Party, the Libertarian Party, the Constitution Party, or the Socialist Party.

Dr. Carson Plays Politics

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican candidate for president and former neurosurgeon, says, "I am not politically correct. I will not be politically correct." This approach to his campaign has helped him secure second place in polls taken of likely Republican voters, trailing only Donald Trump. But will it play well in a national election?

A Democratic Economics Inspired by the Constitution: How to Make 2016 a Transformative Election

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The stars appear to be aligning for a major swing in American economic, social and political attitudes in the direction of progressive Democrats.

Why America Won't Quit Guns

The Huffington Post | Howard Fineman | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sandy Hook. Charleston. Roseburg. The ghastly roll call of gun violence in America is ever lengthening. The United States has the highes...

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

Two Problems With Pro-Life Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

It injures our politics for one large group of Americans to regard another large group of Americans as bad people. But more than that unfortunate cost, this moral judgment is demonstrably false.