It would be ideal if there was only one way to read the Constitution in order to find the actual intent of the framers. But, as I said, that is an ideal and we are not privileged to have such information. We have to speculate, based upon the data available to us. Some would […]
ORIGINALISM: a principle of interpretation that views the Constitution’s meaning as fixed as of the time of enactment.
In a political year such as 2016, a whole new vocabulary arises as candidates struggle to define themselves and their opponents. Sometimes the word struggle is unsatisfactory and tends to be more pejorative than is needed. It seems the nature of politics in this particular moment in history is more about damaging others’ reputations than […]
This morning the papers carried the news that Ted Cruz had “won” the Republican slot for the presidency in the Iowa Republican Caucus. The picture of his victory speech showed him in front of an American flag and a huge cross. That’s because Senator Cruz boasts that he is a Christian and that it is […]
You may be old enough to remember the Dick Tracy two way radio. It was a comic book phenomenon which allowed the hero detective to receive and send telephone messages on his wrist watch. In my day it was a dream item, something that was futuristic, but certainly not available to the public. There was […]
The journalist for the New York Times reported that the look on the faces of political candidates is a “rictus grin” which belies the real feelings within the candidate’s person. Having never heard the word before, I went to my resources and found that it wasn’t at all a complicated etymology. Rictus (an 18th century […]