Category Archives: The Rule of Law

Policing, Polling, and Federalism

There’s some recent polling that has led to a lot of willful misinterpretation (boldface mine): For example, 39% of respondents supported proposals “to completely dismantle police departments and give more financial support to address homelessness, mental health, and domestic violence.” … Continue reading

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You Know Who Else Wanted to Defund the Police?

No, not HITLER! Here’s a hint (boldface mine): President Donald Trump was not shy about his admiration for police officers on the 2016 campaign trail — at one point simply stating, “I love the police. They’re the greatest.” But when … Continue reading

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Defund the Police? Well, We’ve Defunded Everything Else

Ok, so #NotAllPrograms and #NotInAllLocalMuncipalities. Still, when teachers have to go on statewide strikes to get better wages and living conditions, there’s the capacity to cut things, when we want to do so. After all, we managed to massively slash … Continue reading

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Policing as an Ideology

Will Wilkinson recently asked: At the risk of making an actually, well, yes, actually (boldface mine): The incidents in Chicago and Philadelphia are evidence that American police across the country share a coherent ideology. Armed white boys don’t code as … Continue reading

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Prisoners as a Commodity

This is the state of our justice system (boldface mine): HERKIMER, N.Y. — Herkimer County’s new sheriff hit the ground running. In addition to becoming the county’s top cop, Sheriff Scott Scherer must oversee the completion of the new jail-which … Continue reading

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How to Defeat the Axis of Authoritarianism

A couple of years ago, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a foreign policy speech in which he decried what he called “the international authoritarian axis.” It’s good rhetoric, but the question is what would that foreign policy look like? … Continue reading

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If a Democrat Had Done This: The Matt Shea Domestic Terrorism Edition

In the era of Il Trumpe, I realize it’s trite to point this out, but we have yet another instance where the press reaction to Republican malfeasance is muted compared to the reaction a Democrat would receive. We go to … Continue reading

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Republican Daddy Will Never Save You

You would think Democrats would have learned that well before the Mueller hearings. You would be wrong (boldface mine): Gates’ disclosure to investigators was a key insight into the state of mind of a campaign that was willing and eager … Continue reading

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It’s the Emoluments, Stupid

It has been obvious from nearly day one that Il Trumpe is a non-stop violation of the emoluments clause in the Constitution, since he has not divested from his hotel businesses. Well, he just keeps on keeping on (boldface mine): … Continue reading

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Jury Nullification, the 2019 Edition

In an excellent, must-read piece by David Neiwert about a shooting during a confrontation between anti-fascists and Milo supporters (in the ancient days of 2017, when he was still famous), he describes something very disturbing from the trial of the … Continue reading

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