Category: Constitution


The Koch Brothers’ ‘Samson Option’

Oil billionaires David and Charles Koch.

Exclusive: The fiscal crisis in Washington is not simply a threat to economic and government stability, as serious as that is. It is a premeditated scheme to carve out a new constitutional structure that gives the Koch Brothers and other right-wing…

Surveillance State Takes Offense

German writer Ilija Trojanow (Photo credit: Thomas Dorn)

President Obama proclaims his love of “transparency” but has an odd idea what the word means. He generally defines it as sharing some information with Congress and the Courts but keeping the public in the dark and punishing those who ask…

Feinstein’s Phony Excuse for NSA Spying

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

After 9/11, the excuse for missing clues was too much data trying to sip from a fire hose but with the priority now excusing NSA spying, the metaphor is for more data you can’t find a needle in a haystack…

How Shutdown Hurts National Security

House Speaker John Boehner.

The Republican-induced shutdown of the federal government underscores the Right’s populist contempt for the nation’s democratic institutions. But the fiasco also has undercut America’s standing in the world and thus undermines U.S. security and global leadership, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul…

Playing Chicken with Food Safety

Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, which exposed scandalous disregard of the public health in the food-processing industry.

The U.S. Constitution empowers the federal government to “provide for the general Welfare,” but free-market ideologues have distorted the Founding document’s plain language to fit their desires, including their new demands that food-safety rules be gutted, as Michael Winship explains.

The White Man’s Last Tantrum?

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana.

Exclusive: With the U.S. government shutdown and a threatened credit default, Tea Party Republicans are testing out a new system of national governance in which they get their way or else. But is this the beginning of a new Jim Crow era of…

‘Gun Rights’ of Domestic Abusers

The official U.S. Supreme Court photo in 2010.

The right-wing-controlled U.S. Supreme Court has put the supposed right of Americans to carry their firearms of choice over the safety of individuals who are potential victims of gun violence. That pattern may be tested again in a case to…

America’s Government by Extortion

Actor Gary Oldman, playing a terrorist in the movie "Air Force One" putting a gun to the head of the President, played by Harrison Ford. (Photo credit: Columbia/TriStar, Claudette Barius)

Exclusive: By forcing a U.S. government shutdown and threatening a first-ever credit default Tea Party Republicans are creating a new constitutional system which lets a determined white minority impose its will on the diverse American majority by inflicting so much…

Why Right’s Lemmings Don Suicide Vest

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is considered the leader of the Republican Tea Party faction in the U.S. Congress.

Exclusive: The government-sabotaging fervor of the Republican Right likened by one GOP congressman to “lemmings with suicide vests” can only be understood from inside the right-wing bubble where a distorted view of the Constitution prevails and actual democracy is disdained, writes…

The Right’s Made-Up ‘Constitution’

Gouverneur Morris as painted by Edward Dalton Marchant.

From the Archive: Behind the U.S. government shutdown is the Right’s erroneous belief that the U.S. Constitution tightly limits the federal government and carves out broad powers for the states, a bogus history that suggests the Tea Partiers don’t understand…