Which Way?


Charles Lane’s column in today’s Washington Post raises a very interesting question about the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on “Obamacare”. Is the court ready to change direction and move to a more restrictive understanding of the Constitution? During the Civil War,

Posted in Federalism

Nearsighted Strategy


      Strategic decisions made in the heat of a Presidential campaign can have disastrous long-term consequences. Apparently some in Democratic Party, and the President’s reelection team, are considering the idea of attacking the Supreme Court if it overturns

Posted in Constitution, Courts, culture wars, Law, Leadership

From Dogma to Axiom


Any system of knowledge or inquiry starts with assumptions. In science, they are called axioms. Euclidean Geometry starts with five axioms including the parallel axiom (Parallel lines never meet.). All the proofs of Euclidean geometry assume the validity of the

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Posted in History, Uncategorized

Trayvon and The Democrats


Democrats and some media (MSNBC, for example) are rushing into the Trayvon Martin case as if it is an unalloyed political gift for Democrats and progressives. While it may help some Democratic office holders, it has the potential to be

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Posted in Elections, Race and Politics

Constitutional Babble


The original Star Trek series, with William Shatner as Captain Kirk, would not be the first place one would look for a treatise on constitutional law. But one episode has an interesting lesson for the Supreme Court to consider as

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Posted in Constitution

Election Laws


Election laws are a matter of life and death for a political party. If you want to understand how they feel about the electoral process, ignore their flowery speeches and look at the changes they propose or oppose in election

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Posted in Elections, Maryland Politics, Politics

First, Do No Harm


Charles Murray’s latest book, Coming Apart, is receiving a lot of attention and attacks for its description of an increasingly isolated and disconnected upper class. The angst is understandable since most of the complaints are coming from people in that

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Posted in Government Programs, Poor
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