• The Seventeenth Amendment: Destroying State Sovereignty

    The Seventeenth Amendment: Destroying State Sovereignty

    From 1789 to 1913 the power to choose United States Senators was vested by the Constitution in the State legislatures. The Seventeenth Amendment altered the process by providing for direct election of Senators by the people. This fundamentally altered a carefully balanced power structure built into the unamended Constitution that served important […]

  • What Still Unites Us?

    What Still Unites Us?

    Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Neocons claimed America was an “ideological nation” a “creedal nation,” dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal.”Decades ago, a debate over what kind of nation America is roiled the conservative movement. Decades […]

  • Trump Teaches Republicans How to Win a Government Shutdown

    Trump Teaches Republicans How to Win a Government Shutdown

    President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday night in Arizona to shut down the government if Congress fails to fund his border wall. Republican leaders in Congress, fearful of taking their customary beatings over a shutdown, are already trying to walk back his threat. They do not realize that he has just […]

  • Justin Amash’s support for free enterprise earns enmity of Big Business

    Justin Amash’s support for free enterprise earns enmity of Big Business

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has jumped into a Republican congressional primary in Michigan, trying to defeat incumbent Rep. Justin Amash. Amash’s crime: being stubbornly consistent in opposing big government. The Chamber’s endorsement of Amash’s opponent helps clarify some things that have long been true, but which have been muddled […]

  • Sentences in Steve Utash mob beating are not justice

    Sentences in Steve Utash mob beating are not justice

    We watched the system at work. We watched the court proceedings and saw a judge dispense punishment in the beating of Steve Utash last spring. We watched — and waited — for justice. We’re still waiting. Utash was 54 years old and weighed 155 pounds when he was attacked. He […]

 

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