Tagged: US Supreme Court

Eyes of the world

Louisiana under Mr Jindal is a failed state. This qualifies him to be a Republican candidate for president.

He faces stiff competition for the right-wing Christian vote from Messrs Huckabee and Santorum.


The SCOTUS delivered a terrific blow to the Republican Tea Party.

In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people. Our role is more confined—“to say what the law is.” Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803). That is easier in some cases than in others. But in every case we must respect the role of the Legislature, and take care not to undo what it has done. A fair reading of legislation demands a fair understanding of the legislative plan.

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.


The Alamo itself is not much more than an enlarged hut. It is quite disappointing that this is what was being defended. The large trees next to it are impressive though.

All nations/societies are fractious. Consensus historians argued that the USA was remarkable for a lack of fractiousness (notably Louis Hartz, who finessed the Civil War as a conflict of liberals versus liberals). Then the 60s happened. Is contemporary American political life more dysfunctional than in earlier eras: doubtful. The “Founders'” constitutional design leads to greater inaction than action.

The Supreme Court’s decision against “buffer zones” gives a green light to clinic terrorists.

The Mississippi Republican Senate primary was a contest between evil and insanity. Evil should always win.