Take this short civics course about trust, distrust, and the presidency.
Consider every citizen in this country to be an American, worthy of your support and help.
To improve trust in our police, fairness and accountability must be more evenly distributed along lines of race and ethnicity.
History shows that one of the shortest paths towards dictatorship is to get the people divided against each other.
We get to have leaders who are accountable to us, and we get to choose our leaders peacefully – but only if …
Thomas Jefferson said “Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.” A free press is especially important in the coronavirus pandemic.
It is hard to fight the corona virus without a healthy liberal, republican democracy. Urgent attention is needed.
Liberal, republican democracy is precious for the freedom, peace, and better quality of life it can bring, but those benefits don’t come for free. Citizens need to do more to protect and strengthen their democracies – starting here at home.
Strongmen for scared people leads to failure. Democracies have the edge when it comes to health care. Read on.
Interest in voting by mail has increased – because of anxiety over catching the virus from fellow voters. It seems simple but there are important trade-offs to consider.
Emergency powers are sometimes necessary, but they should always be temporary, and only Congress should have the authority to renew them.
First, please take a look at the good advice from the CDC.
also how you...
It is really important for any patriots, regardless of affiliation, to never ever excuse misconduct on the false assertion that “they all do it.” They don’t, and we should be working together to keep the number of swamp creatures in Washington as low as we can.
The framers came up with a Constitution that allows people who distrust each other to work productively together in pursuit of their own happiness – but only if the principles of accountability, fairness, and constrained power are respected and enforced.
Decades ago, when this blogger was a boy, it used to be
popular to say “I don’t agree with that, but I will
defend to the death your right to say it.” The...
Much is made of the beginning of the Declaration of
Independence. They are stirring words: “We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
Every government needs a civil
service to get things done. Yet, hiring
people into the civil service tempts politicians with some bad behaviors: could the new...
In respect for their devotion to America, the Congress by a
joint resolution approved on May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), has requested the
President to issue a proclamation...
US politics is becoming characterized more and more by cheating to win instead of working harder to be competitive enough to earn bipartisan votes. It is weakening our Republic.
The US Senate is considering another rule change aimed at
reducing the backlog of presidential appointees awaiting Senate confirmation. The reality of political...
Democracy is all about using free and fair political competition to motivate a contest of the best ideas for solving problems. Politics played as a contest of ideas requires voters and politicians alike to speak for themselves and to listen to others for their ideas.
If you ever anticipate
you might need some friends in Congress,
Pundits haven’t yet fully connected the dots in front of them. Yes, presidential use of national emergency powers to spend money on things that Congress chose not to authorize is against the Article 1 of Constitution. Here is the other dot: the choice of president became more consequential as the Office of the President became more powerful. This trend explains why election campaigns have been fought ever more viciously – by politicians and citizens alike.
In times that strain our system of checks and balances, trying for more party purity – meaning moving the two major parties even further apart – is the wrong way to go. Instead, it is time to restore big tent politics.
In a democracy, people need to trust...
In any republic, much depends upon the trust of political leaders and the people that election winners will not use their power to entrench themselves at the expense of the losers. In fact, entrenchment has been a feature of many governments around the world. Leaders find an excuse to act outside of normal law – by declaring a state of emergency.
Trust in our system of democracy depends in no small part upon how well it delivers for us. The services we get from the government are part of that. Few of us are happy about shut-downs, inadequate services, waste, and unsustainable debt. That prompts a question: how is the U.S. budget process supposed to work?
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States of America. Here at CFFAD, we are grateful today, as every day, for “the worst form of government except for...
Change is easier when our elected representatives are working together to get something done. The good news in this context is that there is far more common ground for them to build on than you will hear from the media. You can remind them of that.
Hillary Clinton said this week “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.” A day later, Eric Holder said that when Republicans “go low, we kick...