ORIGINALISM: a principle of interpretation that views the Constitution’s meaning as fixed as of the time of enactment.

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  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 […]

CENTRIST: one who seeks the middle ground between extremes


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 […]

CHRISTIAN: a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ


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 […]

INNOVATOR: one who introduces something for the first time


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 […]

CONCUSSION: injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like. *


Not having been athletic at any point in my life, I have been spared from many of the injuries and maladies suffered by friends and companions.   However, it doesn’t mean that I have been home free. A year or so ago I was injured in a home accident and I was thrown to the floor […]

RICTUS: a gaping, frozen smile or grin


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 […]