Separation of church and state slowly erodes

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a large Latin cross on public land in Maryland was no longer a religious symbol, but merely a tribute to fallen American soldiers of any faith.  Government was not giving special status to a Christian symbol, it ruled. This blurring of the line between church and state […]

Impeach Trump? Good case on either side

Independence Day comes in less than a month.  Many remember it as marking end of British rule over the American colonies.  But, as the Declaration of Independence itself stated, the purpose was to end “all allegiance to the British crown.” The Declaration is not a collection of grievances about Britain.  It is a list of […]

Court: Women’s natural rights overrule anti-abortion law

True or false?  The U.S. Constitution begins: “Natural Rights.  All people … have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights….” False.  That is in the first sentence of the Maine Constitution.  Most other states have a natural rights clause.  For example, the Kansas Constitution begins: “Equal rights.  All men are possessed of equal and inalienable natural […]

Impeachment history reveals risk for both Trump and Dems

Impeachment is in the air. The Mueller report made no criminal charges against President Trump, but questioned some of his attempts to obstruct the inquiry.  Some in Congress believe he should be impeached for those actions. Impeachment is almost always political, and it could well be in this case.  Only Democrats are considering impeachment.  They […]

Assange, Wikileaks endanger independent press

Julian Assange creates problems. The Wikileaks founder does it not only by releasing stolen documents, but also by his own release from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange enjoyed Ecuador’s diplomatic protection, because he feared the British would send him to the U.S. to be tried for releasing secret documents.  The former Ecuadorian president shared […]