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The nature of a pendulum is that it swings back and forth. It has been used many times as a metaphor for politics, religion, for interpersonal relationships, and virtually any idea or standard. The problem with the pendulum is that inherent fight to be in the middle causes it to swing in the opposite direction, so that it rarely stays in the middle.
Apparently by taking a knee while the National Anthem is being played disrespects the military, the first responders, law enforcement, the flag and the country. That is what our President would have you believe. Although these athletes are not standing at attention, it must be remembered that they are silent, frozen in place, and not doing any outward signs of disrespect.
By now, anybody with eyes, ears and an open mind realizes that the 2016 Presidential Election was greatly influenced by the Russians. No one will ever know whether that influence caused the defeat of Hillary Clinton and the election of Donald Trump. It cannot be known and is subject to conjecture on both sides.
There is a saying in the law, “Bad facts make bad law”. In essence, some of the worst interpretations of the law come from cases in which the facts are so egregious. The Fourth Amendment Right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures has been whittled away because judges find and stretch loopholes in that constitutional right, in order to make sure that that murderer do ...
This article is not for those of you who are part of the 36% that are still loyal to President Trump, and actually believe that he is doing a good job. We know there is nothing that we can do to change your mind, and as he once said, he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue in plain sight, and those of you would still be his loyal followers.
Our country is broken and it will never be the same again. Why do we say that? It is undisputed by 16 intelligence agencies that the Russians interfered with our presidential election of 2016. Our President refuses to acknowledge this fact. He never has asked the FBI director a question on this subject and has never been briefed on the matter. Yet, those that support him do not blink an eye.
During the first episode of Hulu’s series “A Handmaid’s Tale”, which takes place in the not-too-distant future, one of the characters explains to a group of women, whose sole purpose is to breed the next generation, that what seems unusual to them now will become the new normal. Such is the case with our government, our country, and certainly our president.
Most of the time we speak on the First Amendment as it relates to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression, or delve into the political world. We talk about upcoming elections or the results of the last one, and news about what could have been, what should have been, or the horrors of what is. Very rarely do we speak on the First Amendment in relation to religious freedoms.
For the many years that we have been writing this column, we have focused our attention on the First Amendment; whether that be Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Religion or Freedom of Assembly. Yet, there have been many times in which we have strayed and talked about politics. In this month’s column we are going to try to combine the two.
This month’s article may seem somewhat redundant to some of the articles in the past. We will once again trumpet the need for a free and vibrant press and our fears that the current occupant of the White House wishes to do away with an unfettered First Amendment. We fear that our message will run stale, as will the constant need for the national press to point out the faux pa ...
Well the day finally came. Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. In contradiction to prevailing wisdom, the sky did not actually fall. However, it does appear to be hanging a little lower than it used to. During these next 4 years, and hopefully not 8, the press and therefore the First Amendment, will come under constant attack from this administration.
We were born during the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. There are some vague memories of the Presidency of John F. Kennedy. We became much more politically astute during the years of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, with Watergate, civil rights marches, riots, and of course, the Vietnam war.
We have always stood for the National Anthem. We have never failed to stand and put our hand over our heart and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. For us, we take great pride in this country and in the American flag, the symbol of this great land. We have talked about what it must be like to stand at the Olympics and having the flag raised while the National Anthem is playing a ...
Over the many years that we have been writing this article, when election time comes we normally have at least one, if not several articles written about how our elections are dependent upon the First Amendment. We usually muse that because of the First Amendment politicians are free to say what they want, whether true or not, and then the electorate has the ability to weigh ...
It is well established that Freedom of Speech and Press are not absolute rights in the United States. For example: yelling fire in a crowded movie theater; obscenity; disseminating military secrets in a time of war; and fighting words have been deemed to not be protected by the First Amendment. As to the later, fighting words, throughout this country we have elevated crimes b ...