In the view of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, speaking in 1987, the Constitution “was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.”
nding on interest payments on the debt will exceed all federal spendi…n college are among those left behind by the tax bill signed into law by President Trump. Moreover, the tax package increased the federal deficit by an estimated $1.9 trillion — a debt that will undoubtedly be passed on to children despite the fact we are failing to adequately invest in them. In fact, the Urban Institute estimates that federal spending on interest payments on the debt will exceed all federal spending on children by 2020.
But a functioning democracy also requires checks and balances. One of these comes directly from voters, but in between election days, it comes from the three independent branches of government. If the legislative branch defers to the executive or vice versa, or if the courts cower beneath political intimidation, we confer too much unchecked power, eroding our democracy. This becomes particularly problematic when one political party controls both chambers in Congress a…
How did U.S. politics come to this? Observers agree President Trump is not the first public figure to employ coarse language to nourish angry resentments. Decades ago, presidential contender George Wallace made similar appeals. But formerly, as secret tapes of Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson have revealed, crude and abusive language was actively concealed from the public. Instead, presidents posed as civilized and courteous. Washington’s successors accepted their role as models of decorum for children and adults.
But today, the question is open. In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the most important section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Many states, from North Carolina to Texas, have been moving to restrict the right to vote. Kris Kobach of Kansas is leading, with U.S. Vice President Pence, a commission ostensibly concerned with voting “integrity” but so baldly, politically infused that voter suppression is the recognized aim. Gerrymandering is as rampant as ever, and the Supreme Court must decide whether politicians can lawfully select — via redistricting — not only the likely party but also, disproportionately, the race of their constituents.
My first big stop of the day was at the Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport. It’s a unique place that houses multiple organizations all under one roof. These groups work on issues like cancer prevention, juvenile justice, mentorship, refugee resettlement and helping the long-term unemployed find jobs. The best part is that the organizations can learn from and promote one another, helping continue to connect people in Bridgeport to a variety of services. I left feeling buoyed by the great work they’re doing in the community.
Yesterday’s events reminded us that racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are tragically alive and well in this country. The moral arc does not bend toward justice on its own. It will take each and every one of us speaking out and acting — not just in Washington but right here at home — to create the kind of country we want to live in.
…s. For many young people post college it’s hard to make an impact in a community or in a workplace. Small cities provide you with the ne…s. For many young people post college it’s hard to make an impact in a community or in a workplace. Small cities provide you with the network and a scale that is accessible and empowering. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stagnant or lost in a big city…the small city might just be for yo…
agree, I wo…isphere. Just a personal opinion. If you don’t agree, I won’t try to convince you. If you do agree, you can be part of the solution by living in a community where diversity is intrinsic to culture. There are many small cities including ours that offer this.
work without autom…ave not spent 1–2 hours of the past 4,680 work days of my life in an automobile or a packed subway. Walking to work through a mix of leafy parks and built urban environments has given me the mental space to prepare for or digest the day while keeping me physically healthy. Most of my co-workers get to work without automobile as well. Last week I looked at a NY Times phot…