Tag Archives: The Constitution

Happy birthday to the 14th Amendment

Historian T.J. Stiles published a thrilling, moving birthday greeting to the 14th Amendment in today’s New York Times. It’s also a biography, a history of the amendment and a dissertation on its meaning and current status. I learned so much … Continue reading

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Trumptopia and emoluments

Yes, we all knew about emoluments and how they are unacceptable behavior from public servants. Especially presidents. But now, thanks to Trump, we know the emoluments clause, when defied, does not send T-men to drag the offender out of his … Continue reading

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Let’s think about the First Amendment

Today the Times has two excellent articles on the First Amendment. Both of them provoke thought–always a good thing. First, After Backing Alt-Right in Charlottesville, A.C.L.U. Wrestles With Its Role – The New York Times. Two paragraphs from the article: … Continue reading

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