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Robert E. Lee: History or Public Endorsement?

Robert E. Lee: History or Public Endorsement?

A short piece I wrote for The Washington Post this weekend concurs with the decision of the City Council of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Monday, February 6, to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a prominent public city park in that city. I believe this was the right thing for the duly-elected local representatives […]

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An Impeachment Lesson from American History

An Impeachment Lesson from American History

We have elected a president who demonstrates a remarkable degree of apathy towards and ignorance about the United States Constitution. From his vow to “protect Article XII” (the document stops at Article VII); to his apparent belief the executive branch has the power to demand apologies from the casts of Broadway plays (especially ones whose […]

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“Assuring Freedom to the Free” — MLK Day 2015

"Assuring Freedom to the Free" — MLK Day 2015

Creating Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a national holiday was no easy feat. The first attempt to codify it on the federal calendar died in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. Even the subsequent legislative effort, four years later, faced stiff filibustering action in the Senate. The late Jesse Helms threw a “red” […]

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