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Thomas Jefferson and "The Blood of Tyrants"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Horwitz

Those who hold the belief that the 2nd Amendment gives them an individual right to take violent action have isolated Jefferson's "tree of liberty" quote in order to justify a radical ideology.

Five Reasons Why Citizens United Is a Truly Momentous Case

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The Supreme Court will break up its summer recess to hear arguments in Citizens United v. FEC, over Hillary: The Movie. You may sense something important is going on. If so, you're right.

Impeachment to the Rescue . . . Again!

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Though every governmental mechanism is subject to abuse, impeachment stands as a singular success of American constitutionalism.

HUAC: Americanism

Michael Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Kaplan

Cynically magnifying trivialities; bluster and innuendo; guilt by association; shameless grandstanding ... wouldn't it be nice if these were considered un-American activities?

"...And Our Posterity"

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The idea that future generations have a stake in carrying out the Constitution's objectives is profound. When we go to war, when we act on climate change, we do so not only for ourselves but also for our posterity.

Obama's Secret Cash for Grandma Plan

Meathead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nothing that my senator and his commie cronies can tell me will make me believe that the government bureaucrats can run health care better than the insurance company bureaucrats.

The President in Chains

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

The national security state has become a kind of powerful prison with the president as warden. He has authority over it, but he cannot escape it.

Anticipating the Incapacitated Justice

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

While it is a disturbing truth that our nation will someday likely confront the tragedy of an incapacitated Supreme Court justice, it is not at all clear which justice that will be.

"Resistance Efforts," Guns and the Constitution

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Armed protesters have made it clear that individual safety is not their primary concern -- instead their show of force at public events reminds elected officials that, in their view, armed citizens have the final say.

Health Care: The Founding Fathers Weigh In

Sarah Schmelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sarah Schmelling

We've given quite a bit of power to the Executive Branch, and since the people elect the president, I'm sure they'll listen to what he has to say when he wants to make some kind of change.

You Couldn't Vote, Laura -- But Barack Could Still Be President

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The head of the Northwest Mining Association is upset that Interior Secretary Salazar wants to reform the The General Mining Act of 1872, saying "I don't hear anyone calling it out of date."

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

Cautionary Observations for My Fellow Idealists

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

It is necessary to take a deep breath and ask ourselves if we are endangering America while we reform her by exercising too much government power, however idealistically.

Now That's Trampling

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

Two health professionals violated fundamental medical ethics while developing and implementing a pervasive system of interrogation by torture.

Handguns and Health Care Reform

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Exhortations to take armed political action against Obama reflect a deeply developed ideology that has been actively promoted by gun lobby groups for 30 years.

The (Legally) Armed Flasher: too Close for Comfort

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

With a Democratic president and Congress, gun nuts are getting away with their wildest agendas. They're taking advantage of their countrymen in a time of urgency, and they're anything but patriotic.

Gay, Gay, More Gay: Can't We All Just Get It Straight?

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Laermer

A state that recognizes same-sex marriage is entitled to have its "public act, record, and judicial proceeding" (and marriage is arguably all three) respected by all the other states.

Sotomayor and the Fundamentals of Diversity and Affirmative Action

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

In the story of creation in Genesis we see that the image of God is best reflected not through sameness, but through the breadth that exists within the grand diversity of creation.

Sam Stein

Former GOP Congressman Demands Bush Investigations | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A former Republican member of House of Representatives demanded on Thursday that Congress launch an investigation into possible crimes committed under...

Sotomayor's Right-Wing Judicial Philosophy?

Mark Dorlester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Dorlester

The framers of the Constitution were passionate about the fact that the document was never to be interpreted as a grant of rights.

Sotomayor Hearings are Political Bullsh*t

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Senate confirmation hearings on judicial nominations are a form of Kabuki Theater in which everyone plays their assigned roles and no one tells the whole truth.

Much Ado About So Little It Hurts

Richard Laermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Richard Laermer

The issue before the Senate is simple: Is the nominee qualified to sit on the Court? The answer: Yes. All the kvetching about how a nominee's race shaped her worldview is for the cameras, baby.

The JusticeBot 9000

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The JusticeBot 9000: You said you wanted a machine that took all the human factor out of the law, so that emotion and empathy would be forever banished from the bench.

Sen. Grassley Admits To Different Standards For Alito And Sotomayor

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the opening day of confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor came under fire from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for stating that her experien...

Culture War Flares Up Over American History Curriculum In Texas Classrooms

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The fight over school curriculum in Texas, recently focused on biology, has entered a new arena, with a brewing debate over how much faith belongs in ...