Category Politics

For the Love of God, Stop

You don’t like the fact that Donald Trump won the election. I get it, believe me. You dislike him, bigly. To you, his occupying the White House is “sad!” But here’s the deal. Every time you freak out about a non-story, or pump the most recent wild-eyed conspiracy, the only person you hurt is you. Your […]

Hit & Run – Trump, Liberals, and Separation of Powers

Back in June, I argued “The Contrarian Case for a Trump Presidency.” While it doesn’t really read as a ringing endorsement, I argued that a President Trump was preferable to a President Clinton because executive power was already out of control, and a Clinton Administration would make matters worse in that regard while a Trump Administration […]

Headlines Lie and Liars Use Headlines

For about seven years before law school, I worked as a freelance newspaper photographer (I’m not that old, I started in high school). I learned one of my most valued lessons about journalism during a photojournalism course taught by a great friend/mentor/co-worker. My professor displayed two photographs taken during the same political rally. The first photograph displayed a politician, standing at a podium, […]

Gross Presidential Action, Grotesque Hypocrisy

Many in this country are currently outraged by President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) Friday, which temporarily has thrown our immigration system and refugee admittance programs into chaos. The idea that we in America would turn our backs on needy and deserving individuals for highly attenuated concerns about the potential for a handful of them to be […]

Hit & Run – Trump Flak’s Yugely Important Petty Lies

Sean Spicer gave a very quick press briefing yesterday that set the media on fire. Why? Because he transparently lied about the size of the inauguration crowds. In case you missed the briefing, it’s viewable here. Some of the most bizarre elements include: Highlighting “one particular tweet” as if it was indicative of the media […]

The Dangers of Democracy: Human Rights and Majoritarianism

Introduction Last week, on December 15, we celebrated the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. While many Americans find good reason to celebrate the first ten amendments to the Constitution, not as many pause to appreciate that it is the amendments’ anti-democratic character that makes them so effective. Democracy, after all, […]

Originalism Bootcamp at Georgetown’s Center for the Constitution

Georgetown Center for the Constitution’s Originalism Bootcamp is now accepting applications.

Don’t Mourn Castro, Mourn His Victims

“How should the world mourn a tyrant?” seems like a pretty straightforward question to answer: It shouldn’t. That seems lost, however, on some. It was announced late yesterday that Fidel Castro, long-time authoritarian strongman and hero to unintentionally ironic liberals and progressives, has died. While the diplomatic self-restraint of some world leaders is perhaps understandable, other […]

Excerpts from Sen. Sasse’s Speech to the Federalist Society

Senator Ben Sasse delivered an excellent speech at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention. Here are some of my favorite quotes.

Checks and Balances: An Election Eve Plea

If you are one of the 90ish% of Americans who will be voting for Team D or Team R tomorrow,* this is mostly addressed to you. Tomorrow, our long national nightmare is just beginning, whoever wins over. Election returns will start coming in, and – unless Utah gives us the most unlikely upset in American history (or […]