US Constitution

George Washington foresaw the danger of political parties to a democracy. Will Senate Republicans prove him right?

Stuart Lyle A Constitutional crisis has come… and gone – but few have noticed. Americans have great confidence in their form of government.  From an early age they are taught – and, of course, they come to believe – that the Constitution forms the unbreakable backbone of an exceptional democratic system, unmatched in the world.…

Whistling Dixie

Peter Van Buren Intro by b. traven: In the army we used to say someone was “Whistling in Dixie” when they were oblivious to the truth. When Obama in one of his high flying rhetorical promises in his run for the presidency promised “transparency” in government it appears he was “whistling in Dixie.”  Under his…

Hillary Clinton to Edward Snowden: Face the Music

W.J. Astore A revealing question and answer came in this week’s presidential debate among the Democratic candidates.  They were asked if Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed illegal spying by the NSA and the U.S. government, should be considered a hero or traitor. Hillary Clinton’s answer was revealing of who she is and what she…

Even UN Notices Eroding US Human Rights

Intro by Stuart Lyle It is not hard to spot creeping authoritarianism in the US.  The Snowden document cache makes clear that the government has a voracious appetite for data, our data: the digital traces we leave whenever we are online.  It is no longer an unsubstantiated suspicion.  The UN has documented and ranked the…