That our country is politically polarized is probably one reality both sides can actually agree upon. But I fear that ideological and conceptual polarization has become a casualty to politics rather than the other way around.
Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a "perpetuation of racial entitlement" for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.
This little screed is the introductory installment in an ongoing series that will bravely seek to explore the connection between the news and the olds, between what's bothering us now and the system in which the botherances are, at least in many cases, rooted.
I fell in love with politics as a kid when I first heard the soaring cadence of John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech when he was nominated for President in 1960. I became a political junkie right then and there.
The Justice Department's release of on Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) opinion regarding President Obama's recess appointments power is a welcome display of public accountability. However one analyzes the bottom line, the opinion is a model of the genre.
Members of Congress have abdicated to the president their constitutional responsibilities because of slavish devotion, staggering constitutional illiteracy, and a vassal-like conviction that the executive branch knows best.
Does Ron Johnson not know any history of the Senate and the many great Republicans and Democrats who have helped shape the national security decisions of the nation -- often knocking back or kicking along the White House?
While PNCAA (the so-called "Internet Kill Switch" bill) seems to advocate a cross-sectoral approach to tackling cybersecurity threats, it doesn't use private sector best practices when establishing what is supposed to be a response to potential "cyber warfare."
Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.
Effective congressional oversight is critical for maintaining the separation of powers established under our Constitution and serves not only the interests of Congress, but also those of the executive branch and the American public.
Humorists and comedians are a curious bunch. Quixotic by nature, they want so desperately to live in a world of decency, fairness and goodness, and in Stewart's case, in a world where the media grew some cajones.
If the President issues a pardon, no later President can undo it. After George H. W. Bush pardoned the Iran-Contra defendants, Presidents Clinton could not say: "Hold on! I'm taking those pardons back!"
With supporters clamoring for the new president to wipe away Bush-era policies with a stroke of a pen, how can the new president wield his own pen without embracing the Bush assault on constitutionalism?