Democrats should hold “rump” hearings on Merrick Garland

Republicans have clearly stated that they won’t even hold a hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. But that obstructionist stand should not prevent Senate Democrats from holding their own “rump” hearings. [Definition of rump, in case you’ve forgotten: “constituting a subsidiary or small group or the remnant of a once larger organization”] …

The case for the 38-year old Supreme Court Justice

This is not complicated. Here are two reasons why it would be an excellent idea for President Obama to nominate someone approximately 38 years old to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Of the eight current members of the Court, five are older than 65. The…

Second Amendment and Natural Born Citizen have something in common

There are 4,543 words in the original, unamended U.S. Constitution, minus the names of the signatories. Is it possible that anyone at any time could write a document of this length and not have a lapse or two of clarity? Doubtful. Even the master of certainty, Donald Trump, acknowledges that he is not quite sure…

Some wins for Obama are better than others

June 2015 was a remarkable month for President Obama. In particular. the last week of the month was a real “winner” for the president. Among the topic victories or accomplishments for the president are: U. S. Supreme Court once again upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) U. S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex…

Black power can only do so much to solve our racial problems

One of the interesting differences between the discord following the deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore is to what extent African-Americans are full participants in the police and justice system in each community. In Ferguson, justice was certainly delayed, if not denied, because of a white power structure that did not…

MO Supreme Court closes Ferguson’s kangaroo court: Who’s next?

As many people around the country have recently learned, if you want a fair shake, don’t get ensnared in the legal system of Ferguson, Missouri. The recent DOJ report laid bare not just the institutional racism of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as that municipality’s “revenue-by- cop” scheme for financing city services; it also…