Every Opening Day I reflect on all the hope that lies ahead for my team, and the zen of the ballyard that makes life worth living. So today, here are six lessons from America's pastime for American democracy.
Why don't we make this easy and agree that equal rights belong to all Americans, and then legislate and litigate accordingly? Fair enough?
This cautious approach to finding constitutional protections for individual rights stands in stark contrast to the conservative majority's usual modus operandi. The Court's majority has, in general, been enthusiastically willing to undermine individual rights that already exist.
The 2012 elections may long be over, but the conversations -- and actions -- that encouraged and enabled voter suppression measures across the country linger. But this time, the discourse isn't coming from partisan legislators. This time, it is coming from our highest court -- and it is indeed troubling.
Passover is about more than just escape from bondage; it is about freedom, in all its many forms. We can tell the story of Passover, of the long march from slavery to freedom, as though we are witnessing it today because we are witnessing it today.
The role of the federal government in protecting our voting rights cannot be overstated. Without it, we face a patchwork of differing state laws that citizens must often navigate to vote.
There's a reason why Blacks, Latinos, Asians, gays, immigrants and other groups overwhelmingly voted with the Democrats during the last election -- mainly that we vote with those who fight for greater equality.
The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.
As American citizens, it is our responsibility and civic duty to vote and it's something we do to show our country and children that we are proud to be American.
Unfortunately, the inevitable social explosion that their grasping for unlimited political power and even greater concentration of income and wealth than presently exists will produce collateral damage and unpredictable outcomes.
Whether its Alabama trying to revert to the Jim Crow era by refusing minority voters protection from discrimination or Arizona trying to deny citizens their right to vote, the Supreme Court has important decisions to make in order to protect our democracy, and we hope it makes the right ones.
The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.
I attended yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in the Arizona voter registration case. The argument went well generally, but Justice Alito suggested the Justices would create a "crazy" double standard by requiring that Arizona election officials accept the federal registration form. Alito's concerns are unwarranted.
The chair of national party with millions of members announcing a $10 million spend for a "bottom-up approach" shows a complete lack of understanding of the meaning of a bottom-up movement.
Detroit has seen its better days, but the latest national trending news is the most disheartening story that anybody could tell.
As long as the right keeps doing what it keeps doing, the great conservative crack-up will bring two big winners: Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.