I am proud to live in a country where the rule of law and federal immigration preeminence enshrined in the constitution are tools to undo what legislatures in Alabama, South Carolina, and elsewhere have tried to do when politicizing and polarizing the immigration issue.
Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.
Yesterday was the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, and the passage of a bill provisions that are inconsistent with the liberties and freedoms that are at the core of the system our Founders established wasn't the way to mark its birthday.
Secretary Clinton's attendance at the conference is testament to the United States' leadership and commitment to protection of and humanitarian assistance to refugees, stateless, and other vulnerable people worldwide.
And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!
But this is the wrong approach. The reality is that change is hard. It comes in ebbs and flows, and some days it does seem that we are wasting our time. But we cannot forget that we have made some very important accomplishments, even if there is a long way to go.
Vietnam advertises itself as a tourist paradise and low-cost hub for manufacturing. But unless the government ends the torture and forced labor of drug users in the name of "treatment," it may be equally well known as well as the source of "blood cashews."