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Old Dominion, New Dynamics

History suggests that Virginia was named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth I (d. 1603), while its nomination as “Old Dominion” is said to have arisen from Charles II’s (d. 1685) reign emphasizing a relationship with the English monarchy. Today, Virginia’s… Read More ›

Supremes Allow Voting Disparity Impact

Editors’ Note: Reposted from Mother Jones, July 1, 2021.  The majority’s opinion that the existence of “some disparity in impact” upon racial minorities is acceptable and not sufficient to make such laws illegal. This guidepost means that any future challenges… Read More ›

Uncharitable SCOTUS

Sir Thomas Browne (d. 1682) is acknowledged to be the first to coin the expression into print form in 1642: Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it… Read More ›

Loudoun Lowdown

In recent weeks, Loudoun County—and its school system—has been all over the news, particularly among right-wing outlets such as Fox, who decry the county’s supposed descent into the teaching of critical race theory, which only suggests that aspects of systemic… Read More ›

Do It My Way

By Frank Blechman I have written several times in this column that in political campaigns, there are really only two strategies: Keep the bums in, or throw the bums out. I have said that for a challenger or an incumbent,… Read More ›

A Well-Educated Populace?

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the Roanoke Times, June 26, 2021. Our formal education systems are largely responsible for the transmission of the values of our society. Fear of examining the evidence of those values is unproductive. By John Kitterman Now… Read More ›

Amazon, My Amazon

Often despite dedicated efforts to the contrary, our nation collapses under its own dynamics, forgetting the lessons of history and the laws and policies that previous events have taught us. In A History of American Law (by Lawrence M. Friedman),… Read More ›

Presidential Portrait Palaver

Among dictionary definitions for palaver is an “unnecessarily elaborate or complex procedure.” Traditions, especially public ceremonial ones, too often tend to become encumbered with pomp and circumstance that detracts from the purported value of the tradition itself. Sometimes, such traditions… Read More ›

Proportionality Matters

The 2020 election drew 155 million voters to the polls. On January 6, 2021, a violent mob of hundreds or more sought to nullify those votes by assaulting the Capitol Building where the Electoral College count was being conducted. One… Read More ›