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Constitutionality of Tennessee "Equal Access to Intrastate Business Act"

May 22, 2011

The Tennessee Legislature has approved legislation that is intended to make it impossible for Nashville or other cities to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  The legislature is attempting to frame the bill as "pro-business" rather than "anti-gay."  Will this tactic insulate the bill from constitutional attack?

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The Arab World Rejects Bin Laden – and Embraces Democracy

May 3, 2011

The Pew Reseach Center reports that public support for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda has dropped sharply in recent years.  The emergence of the Arab democracy movement reflects the failure of Osama bin Laden's drive for an Islamist dictatorship.

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Brennan's Vision of a New Dawn – Ahmadinejad Whistling Past the Graveyard

February 27, 2011

An American justice's and a Middle East dictator's thoughts on the spread of democracy.

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Egypt Free

February 11, 2011

The young people of one of the world's oldest civilizations has given their country a new birth of freedom.

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President Obama's Remarks on Egypt and Excerpt from Cairo Speech

February 1, 2011

     President Obama issued a statement earlier today on developments in Egypt.

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Some Questions for My Conservative Friends in the Wake of the Arizona Shootings

January 9, 2011

I invite you to respond.

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Political Gerrymandering: (Part 2) Supreme Court Decisions

June 6, 2010

     As I described in yesterday's post, with political gerrymandering a political party or any other faction can effectively double its representation in the legislature.  I don't think that anyone believes that political gerrymandering is a good thing.  It is instead an outrageously unfair practice, one that is inconsistent with the basic principle of democracy – [...]

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Slavery, Vigilante Violence, and Democracy

March 25, 2010

     The violent threats and rhetoric in reaction to the enactment of the health care reform bill are nothing new.  It is a familiar response by those who think they ought to have their way no matter the results of elections or votes in Congress.  It is, at bottom, a rejection of democracy.  Over time, however, [...]

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Faith and Hope

December 25, 2009

     The polarization of American society along ideological lines may cause both liberals and conservatives to despair for their country.  But it need not, if we have faith and hope.

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The Iranian Election

June 16, 2009

     Our thoughts today are with the Iranian people as they struggle towards democracy.  So many constitutional principles are at stake.

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James Wilson and Democracy

June 2, 2009

     Yesterday as part of the Heritage Foundation's First Principles series Mark David Hall published an article on Founder and Framer James Wilson.  Wilson's political philosophy was based upon the principles of democracy and individual right.  He and the other founders laid the foundation of those principles in the Constitution, and the American people have [...]

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