By Winston Smith It is yet another week and there is yet again another mass shooting. On April 22, 2018, a man entered a Nashville Waffle House and killed 4 people. It has been less than a month since John … Continue reading Should We Repeal the Second Amendment?
Samuel Clemens, Guest Writer Despite entire careers built on leveling this criticism at the left, the reactionary right seems to fundamentally misunderstand what Freedom of Speech is, and the rights that it confers. The First Amendment of the Constitution says: … Continue reading Op/Ed – A Dangerous Conflation: Freedom of Speech is Not Freedom From Consequences
-By Winston Smith When [it] began, all of the networks were getting these hate-mail letters because people’s soap operas were being interrupted for the Simpson trial. But then what happened was the people who liked soap operas got addicted to … Continue reading Media Influence on Trials
By Winston Smith “Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.” Elizabeth Fry The law imposes limitations on our actions, and, therefore, the behaviors that we have. In its most ideal sense, the law … Continue reading Equity of Punishment
By Winston Smith I like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them. – Maya Angelou The new normal. This is a phrase that we have all heard said constantly during the coverage of the latest … Continue reading Guns in America
By Winston Smith “Many people are surprised to learn that there is no ‘right to privacy’ in the Constitution.” James Robertson, U.S. District Judge (ret.) Those following the investigation of Donald Trump and alleged ties and collusion to Russia … Continue reading FISA Courts: Can the Government be Denied?
By Winston Smith A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty. -Charles B. Rangel Since its inception, affirmative action has been a divisive and controversial issue in the United States. Many … Continue reading From Bakke to Schuette: The Future of Affirmative Action
By Winston Smith “Do you know where ‘policeman’ comes from, sir? … ‘Polis’ used to mean ‘city’, said Carrot. That’s what policeman means: ‘a man for the city’. Not many people knew that. The word ‘polite’ comes from ‘polis’, too. … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Final Thoughts
By John O. Sullivan Political gerrymandering makes the incentive for most members of Congress to play to the extremes of their base rather than to the center. -44th U.S. President Barack Obama Rules define the way that elections are run. … Continue reading FBB Primer: Gerrymandering Explained
By Winston Smith People rescue each other. They build shelters and community kitchens and ways to deal with lost children and eventually rebuild one way or another. -Rebecca Solnit In the previous installment of this series, we took a … Continue reading Police Use of Force: Community Policing