Dems copy GOP, use courts to fight president

President Trump’s moves to control immigration from certain countries have been temporarily blocked by U.S. District Courts in the states of Washington and Hawaii. The Trump administration reaction to these decisions has revealed a lack of understanding of the role of the courts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the Hawaii court, saying, “I really am […]

Much ado about a filibuster — the Gorsuch confirmation

Much anguish has surrounded the Senate vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a new Supreme Court justice. Democrats denied the ruling Republicans enough votes to cut off debate. The Republicans were faced with the need to lower the 60-vote debate-ending requirement to a simple majority. By themselves, they have the votes for that. One Republican […]

Trump gets civics lessons from failed health care reform

The defeat of the House of Representatives attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act provided great civics lessons. Its most important student turned out to be President Trump.  “We learned a lot about the vote-getting process,” he said.  “Certainly, for me, it was a very interesting experience.” The first lesson is there’s a […]

Immigrants, refugees face U.S., European nationalism

President Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico.  The United Kingdom wants out of the European Union.  The Netherlands blocks the Turkish Foreign Minister from campaigning.  Gov. LePage wants to keep more refugees out of Maine. What these policies have in common is a desire to keep a high degree of national identity alive […]

It’s time to expose five recent political myths

Every so often, the political news gets so rich in misinformation or distorted facts, that it becomes time to expose some myths. Myth 1: President Trump deserves our respect, because he was elected president. In fact, it’s the presidency that merits our respect.  The U.S. is unusual in combining the head of state, the person […]