Tagged: U.S. Constitution

Abusing “Free Speech”

Abusing “Free Speech”

  Freedom of speech is one of America’s most hallowed traditions, but it is becoming a dangerous one. Like any freedom, it must have limits. We are not free to do any number of...

The Case for Anger

The Case for Anger

  I believe in friendly debate, without rancor or personal animosity. But sometimes, the issues being debated become so personal that emotional involvement is unavoidable. I don’t see, for example, how you and I...

Squelching the Media

Squelching the Media

  Trump is threatening to revoke the media credentials of news organizations that run negative stories about him. But I wonder whether he can legally do that. The freedom of the press is uniquely...

The Obama Legacy

The Obama Legacy

  I suppose it’s flattering that President Obama is being blamed for failing to prevent the Saudis from beheading that Iranian cleric. The accusation seems to presuppose some kind of supernatural power. President Obama tries, he really tries, to...

A Toxic Supreme Court

A Toxic Supreme Court

  The US Supreme Court has once again demonstrated its dangerous political and religious bias. In a majority decision, the court has ruled that a company may deny birth control coverage to employees if the...

Arrest This Man!

Arrest This Man!

  Lawmakers have no excuse for letting Stewart Rhodes remain free. It seems obvious to me that he belongs behind bars. Rhodes is founder and director of Oath Keepers, which proclaims itself: … a...

The “Patriots” Among Us

The “Patriots” Among Us

I wonder what would have happened if the armed men who faced down federal agents in Nevada recently were black? Or Mexican? I know what happened to an African immigrant named Amadou Diallo who...

Trying to Make Sense of “Religious Freedom”

Trying to Make Sense of “Religious Freedom”

As I understand it, early settlers to America were fleeing religious persecution in Europe. In England, for example, the Roman Catholics and Protestants harried and butchered each other for generations. A monarch known as...

Gun Crazy – and Loving it!

Gun Crazy – and Loving it!

“Freedom-loving” Americans are supposed to feel relieved when they hear that the National Rifle Association “will not go quietly into the night,” that the organization will forever fight for “the right to survive and...

How Can Stand Your Ground Laws be Constitutional?

How Can Stand Your Ground Laws be Constitutional?

I didn’t hear it on TV and I had to Google it to find out, but, yes, Stand Your Ground laws are being challenged in the courts. It’s puzzling that I heard none of the...