MEMBERS ONLY: Who's Afraid of the Executive Branch?
The Banter Long Read: While every president chafes at the restrictions placed on his power, it's only been in the last few administrations that that power has been grotesquely expanded thanks to the naked greed and absolute disregard for democracy of the Republican Party... To ...read more
Harvard Professor Calls Trump A 'Walking, Talking Violation Of The Constitution'
"Emoluments" is not a word often used daily speech. It simply means a "salary", "fee", or "profit" from employment or office. Our Founding Fathers were so concerned about emoluments from foreign governments creating a conflict of interest, they wrote the Emoluments Clause into ...read more
Tim Kaine Is Exactly The Kind Of Person Women Need In Government
At last night's debate, the contrast between how Pence and Kane view the role of religion in government could not have been more severe. On the one hand, Pence is a theocratic fundamentalist who supports punishment for women who have an abortion. On the other, Tim Kaine is a ...read more
Trump Says He'll 'Get A Fund' for Repairing Our Infrastructure Because He's Making Things Up as He's Going Along
If you mention Trump's total lack of qualifications for the presidency and especially the existential threat Trump poses to American democracy, a typical rank-and-file derangement suffering Trump supporter will pivot to Hillary Clinton's various mistakes and alleged lies. There's ...read more
Sarah Palin Defends Trump's Violent Rhetoric by Totally F*cking Up the First Amendment. Again.
It's really, really easy to find the exact text of the First Amendment. Anyone with a phone can do it. And yet too many Americans simply don't understand the free speech clause contained therein. I suppose it's begrudgingly acceptable for average Americans to misinterpret the ...read more
If You've Lost Bill Maher Over National Registry For Muslims, It Really is a Bad Idea
Responding to Donald Trump's recent proposal that Muslims be registered on a national database, known Islam antagonist Bill Maher posted the following message on his Facebook page: ...read more
Once and For All, There's No Such Thing as "The War on Whistleblowers" and Here's Why
One of the most tone deaf and unconstitutional things the Obama Justice Department could possibly do would be to imprison reporter James Risen of The New York Times for refusing to testify in an Espionage Act case during which he might be forced to give up his source for a ...read more
Sorry, Sarah Palin, But There's Nothing in the U.S. Constitution Protecting Us from TV Executives
We have to perform the same nauseating dance every time a moron is fired or suspended for saying something profoundly dumb and/or offensive on television or radio. But here we go again. The "free speech" clause of the First Amendment does not protect you from public outrage, or ...read more
The Dumbest Far-Right Idea In a Long, Long Time
Whenever screechers Mark Levin and Glenn Beck get together on an idea, it's bound to be profoundly stupid. As Right Wing Watch reported today, Levin floated a plan in one of his dozens of books in which he proposed amending the Constitution via a "convention of the states," ...read more
Thank You, GOP. Your Crazy Talk Knows No Bounds
There's no way to top these comments so I am not even going to try. Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX), who is a medical doctor, thinks that abortion should be banned before 20 weeks because fetuses as young as 15 weeks can feel pleasure and pain. His proof? He has seen ...read more
Mr. Paul Goes to Washington
He may not be Mr. Smith but Senator Rand Paul did exactly what I like to see Senators do, he executed an old school filibuster. Sorry, Bob Cesca but I read the Eric Holder letter and to be honest, I think Paul has a point. Here's the actual letter. The language that started ...read more
Whatever Happened to Due Process?
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin I support most of President Barack Obama's actions and policies. That does not mean when they violate the fundamental ideas that make me believe in ...read more
More Second Amendment Madness
General Benjamin Lincoln who led a force in 1787 to put down Shays’ Rebellion in western Massachusetts. (Painting by Charles Willson Peale) By Robert Parry The Right’s powerful propaganda apparatus has sold millions of Americans on the dangerous – and false – notion that the ...read more
The Republicans Are Still Confused About The Debt
By Bob Cesca: As I watch the convention coverage and glance across the throng of Republican delegates, I can't help but to think, "Ah yes. This makes sense. The nation's most confused and contradictory Americans have gathered to nominate a liar for president." I know. I know. ...read more
Republicans Have Made it Harder to Vote, Easier to Buy Guns
By Bob Cesca: Technically, the U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee the right to vote. It seems odd, considering all of the various other rights, guarantees and structural details enumerated in the document. That said, there are amendments that provide reasons why certain ...read more
Are the GOP Justices Political Hacks?
By Robert Parry: Does anyone doubt that if a Republican president had enacted the Affordable Care Act – with its individual mandate devised by the right-wing Heritage Foundation and with Mitt Romney denouncing “free riders” not paying their share of health care costs – the U.S. ...read more