Month: May 2019

Guns and Gay Rights: The Inexorable Arc towards Freedom

In recent days, a skirmish has broken out between two types of religious conservatives on the American political right–those who favor individual protections of religious liberty and those who favor an effort to utilize the powers of the state to promote the “common good.”  Effectively, the latter camp believes...

No, Politics is Not Downstream of Culture

Prior to his death, the late conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart was apparently fond of saying that “politics is downstream of culture.”  After the 2016 election season, Breitbart’s prediction was routinely hailed, with the political rise of “cultural icon” Donald Trump to the Presidency utilized as an example of its...

End the (Judicial) Atrocity

Forty-six years after the decision in Roe v. Wade was handed down by the Supreme Court, the topic of abortion has yet again surged to the forefront of the American political conversation. In recent days, state legislatures in several conservative states have taken direct aim at the holding in...

A Follow Up on Judicial Confirmations

In my article from earlier this week, I referenced a differential standard applied by Republicans and Democrats for federal judges whose qualifications are believed to be solid but whose perceived ideology is contrary to the party which did not make the nomination. In effect, the piece argued that Republicans...

A Strategy of Stupid

Last week, President Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Judge Peter J. Phipps to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal (the appellate court for the federal districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands). The elevation of Phipps – who has served as a district court...