Politics

Politics

The Supreme Court considers the question of whether California’s Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage is constitutional. So what should happen when the majority acts against a minority, as in Proposition 8? Particularly when we see the executive branch make a craven political decision to not act, and legislators at both the federal and state level unwilling to act. In such a case, it seems obvious that the judiciary is the last firewall to protect our civil liberties, and it is only the judiciary that can preserve minority rights against the will of the majority. In such a case, not only is judicial action acceptable, it is necessary, even when it means substituting judicial fiat for democratic majority or legislative action. Self evident inalienable individual rights should trump the majority every time.

I don't think this is any surprise, and it certainly sets the stage for a very interesting SCOTUS case coming up. From ABC News, via Wash Post:The poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now...

Some described Rand Paul’s historic 13 hour filibuster as “libertarian porn”. Note we are talking about a CSPAN feed of a man speaking at a podium for 13 hours, yet it was far more engrossing and entertaining than it had any right to be.Ultimately the Senate voted to confirm John Brennan as Director of the CIA 63-34. But Senator Rand Paul got the answehe was looking for and the country got the debate we deserved.

Looks like we have movement on immigration reform a lot sooner than many anticipated. And wouldn't you know it, Rubio is front and center. From Fox News:Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the eight senators,...

And replace it with a revenue neutral sales tax? The story..."The bottom line is that for too long, Louisiana's workers and small businesses have suffered from having a state tax structure that is too complex...

If Boehner can't get House Repubs to play ball on a bill that Obama didn't even agree to...what can we expect for something that's worse in their eyes? Answer: nothing.Hopes of a grand-bargain — to...