Senators Embedded Within a Brain Fog

    by Walter Brasch   The U.S. Senate—under the leadership of Mitch McConnell who once said his primary mission was to see that the Senate didn’t agree with anything President Obama said or did, and to limit him to one term—continues to be one of the nation’s leading obstructionists. This time, the Senate isn’t meeting to advise or consent to the President’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland was valedictorian in his class at Harvard College and magna cum laude from the Harvard law school. He worked in the Department of Justice before becoming the chief judge on the D,C. Court of Appeals, having been confirmed by the Senate, March 1997. The reason for … Continue reading

Religious Freedom Trumps Individual Rights in Supreme Court Ruling

I wasn’t planning to write about the Hobby Lobby decision tonight, but the more I read about it, the more incensed I become. I came of age in the 1970’s when women were fighting the battles that shockingly got pushed backwards today in the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. I’ve fought against more than my share of sexism in my life, and I have stood up many a time to say I believe in religious freedom in America. That said, I do not believe that religious freedom should in any way trump individual rights. The Hobby Lobby ruling highlights a Supreme Court out of control, biased by male opinion, making decisions that affect the lives of women. There are so many things wrong with … Continue reading

The Absolute Perils of Absolutism

There are obviously times (e.g. time of war) in which the needs of the many trump the absolute right of the one. One cannot yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, Oliver Wendell Holmes famously observed. In this case, we must turn to Abraham Lincoln’s understanding: the Declaration is the fundamental founding document. Continue reading