The framers agreed that the President would command the armed forces – with several explicit reservations.
The President was to have five main responsibilities.
Does voting make any difference? Is it worth the trouble? The answer depends upon you. If you and enough other people vote for someone who has pledged to represent your…
In general, constitutions are written by people who expect to live and work together for generations to come. It’s when enough people no longer feel this way that Constitutions are…
Clashes in Berkeley and Portland bring to mind an interesting story about two countries where people who felt frustrated with each other and their governments. Citizens in Columbia and Venezuela…
The U.S. Constitution provides for nearly universal adult access to the ballot. The pandemic is making that difficult. Most voting precincts had historically depended upon retirees to administer the system,…
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. Second, consider also how you might be able to help the people around you. Nextdoor.com and other social…
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.
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?