National

The Siege of Castle SCOTUS

In his two terms as President [1953-1961], Dwight Eisenhower appointed five justices to SCOTUS, notable among them Earl Warren, former Governor of California,  and William Brennan. All were chosen, as historians note, more for political considerations than judicial philosophy or… Read More ›

Socialism Is All Around Us

At a rally in Iowa on October 9, 2018, President Trump officially denounced his political opposition as seeking to “impose socialism,” among other unpardonable offenses, against the Republican order. Who is behind this scheme? They are candidates for elected office… Read More ›

MEET A VIRGINIAN: Pocahontas

Pocahontas. The name resonates to–what? Mystery? History? John Rolfe? Disney? Elizabeth Warren? Born in Werowocomoco, Virginia, about 1596 as Matoaka and also known as Amonute, Pocohontas was a Native American known for her association with the settlement at Jamestown, Virginia…. Read More ›

OTHER VOICES: Repeal the Second Amendment

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country.… These demonstration demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to… Read More ›

Morality as Voting Qualification

It must be admitted that the right wing often crafts arguments that are persuasive, however contrary to common sense or democratic values. In the quiet of Falls Church, an organization called the Center for Equal Opportunity [CEO] generates propaganda for… Read More ›

Gobsmacked!

Kablang! Strobe Flash! SWAT assault? No, it’s a New York Times OpEd piece entitled “The Myth of Watergate Bipartisanship.” [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/13/opinion/watergate-republican-party.html] Occasionally, one comes across a revelation that produces the sensation of being gobsmacked, literally astounded, in Brit speak. Often, the experience… Read More ›

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Point/Counterpoint: IMPEACHMENT George Mason, 1787 v. Lindsay Graham, 1999 MASON: No point is of more importance than that the right of impeachment should be continued. Shall any man be above Justice? Above all shall that man be above it, who… Read More ›