The punditry of helplessness and the false panic that nominations like Kagan's encourage need to be cast aside, replaced by the notion that we can shape the decisions of the Court more than we are made to believe.
Fred Phelps and his "church" are the ones who arrive at various places and events all across the country, waving hate-filled signs which convey his belief that God hates the US, homosexuals, the U.S. military, and dead American soldiers.
Even if the Supreme Court decides in favor of incorporation, and strikes down Chicago's handgun ban, the Court should reaffirm the broad power of states and local governments to enact strict gun regulations.
It is vitally important to pierce through the cloud of obfuscation and inflated rhetoric of the past decade and to advance a clearer understanding of who we are as a people and the exact nature of our role in the world.
Congress, long ago, adopted the filibuster without anticipating, as the NFL did, that the practitioners of the Senate might stoop to disrupting the game indefinitely in order to intimidate and punish the referees, in the Senate's case, the public.
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.
With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.
Let's get one thing straight. If you are angry at Barack Obama, or any member of Congress, you are angry at your fellow citizens who voted for them. There is a name for this process: we call it democracy.