"We conclude that the Recess Appointments Clause does not give the President the constitutional authority to make the appointments here at issue." - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority opinion in the unanimous finding of N.L.R.B. v Canning, issued 26 June, 2014 "The Constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is… Continue reading Triage for a bleeding lame duck
"I think Washington in general is unpopular, the president and congress, because we seem dysfunctional and we are dysfunctional." - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), on NBC's Meet the Press, Sunday, June 22, 2014 In the American experience, our country's forebearers have left us a legacy of knowing who and what we are against. From religious… Continue reading But what do we fight for? How about idealism, fairness and equality?
Victory casts a veil on truth, and crushes critical thinking with an anvil. It's as true in politics as it is in sports. You win in American football, and all the persistent clouds over execution are overlooked by the shiny object of the victory. In politics, too, the clouds over unexecutable policy statements and personal… Continue reading I’m with stupid – how blind loyalty is killing US politics
In pursuit of reason, we clogged phone lines, crashed email servers and overwhelmed Twitter accounts. Sometimes it feels like, if there wasn't the predictable attrition of immoral and crooked politicians, we would see no glimmer of sunlight in the illusory, dark clouds conjured by the Kochs and Karl Rove. But our fight is not over… Continue reading Sound and fury… another day, perhaps