Republicans are bragging a lot about Gorsuch’s qualifications, which are legitimate. But this debate isn’t really about qualifications. If it were, Gorsuch wouldn’t have been nominated, because Garland would be on the court.
How to End the Politicization of the Courts https://nyti.ms/2nS2GBi
A great look at how certain ways of interpreting the Constitution fail modern society. Originalism and Textualism don’t actually follow the Founders’ intent; they work against the originally vague language the Founders used for the purpose of letting society apply modern morals and standards. In fact they’re just…
nothing more than thinly veiled disguises for modern political conservatism.
The Problems With Originalism https://nyti.ms/2mPUCis
‘Nuff said. A Watergate insider explains why the email scandal isn’t an abuse of power and it isn’t criminal behavior.
None of this is to say that Mrs. Clinton did not make mistakes with her email server. But to compare them to Watergate is more than historical ignorance. It distorts our understanding of what actually constitutes an abuse of power, and raises the risks that we will someday install another leader who is all too happy to misuse historical memory to indulge a dark and nasty nature.
No, ‘Emailgate’ Is Not Worse Than Watergate http://nyti.ms/2dUIIEh
My god! When can we finally have fair voting in this country?
This is straight up racism on the part of Conservatives and in particular the R.N.C.
Of course, the claims of voter fraud are themselves fraudulent; in-person voter fraud essentially never happens, as study after study has confirmed. As the federal court in New Jersey said in 2009, voter intimidation of the type the Trump campaign is now encouraging, and in which the R.N.C. has engaged, “presents an ongoing threat to the participation of minority individuals in the political process, and continues to pose a far greater danger to the integrity of that process than the type of voter fraud the R.N.C. is prevented from addressing by the decree.”
Republicans have long known that their chances of winning go up when the number of voters — and especially minority voters — goes down.
The R.N.C.’s ‘Don’t Get Out the Vote’ Drives http://nyti.ms/2e3Q6bu
If pot was legalized nationwide, with a tax on every sale designated for treatment, it would free up the police to get at serious crimes, while ensuring that no addict would be denied treatment for lack of funds. As with most social reforms, it only seems impossible until it’s obvious.
Reefer Republic http://nyti.ms/2dJxqSt
How are we still debating abortion? How has this minor issue in life become the cudgel that both sides cling to in order to bash the other side in a proxy war over the place of religion in public life.
This is not to say that it’s not a complex issue with deep ramifications for women, but there are and have been big and deep issues in this country which we don’t discuss with the frequency or fervor we reserve for what is incontrovertibly a personal health decision.
Why do we let politicians force polarizing issues to the fore when there are more pressing issues to be resolved? Is it just because they believe it will drive ideological voters to the ballot box? If more people voted could we retire these tired issues and focus on improving g the country and the world?
Can Women Be Trusted on Abortion? Two Men Weigh In http://nyti.ms/2dyrMjR
The same sentiments should apply to teachers. Police unions especially, but Municipal unions in general have gotten powerful to the point where they no longer serve the public interest.
We still need unions to care for the rights of these employees, but we’ve got to be able to hold employees account table for their behavior.
When Police Unions Impede Justice http://nyti.ms/2ca8raj