In providing the crucial fifth vote to strike down a Louisiana law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals, Chief Justice John Roberts has re-enforced a longstanding theme: there is no guarantee a judge nominated by a Republican president will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution.
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What did we think would happen once boundaries were destroyed?
The chaos plaguing the country today was inevitable after truth, standards and self-control were all but ignored by many in our society.
That great “philosopher,” the late Marilyn Monroe, was ahead of her time when she said, “When I was five, I think, that's when I started ...Read more
President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make reforms in police departments and acknowledged for the first time the existence of “systemic racism.” He also promised to meet with some African American families whose relatives have been killed by police officers.
That is one step toward healing our deep racial divisions.
The next ...Read more
On October 26, 2016, presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to a mostly African American audience in Charlotte, North Carolina. He said: “Every African-American citizen in this country is entitled to a government that puts their jobs, wages and security first…I will not let you down. You watch… Here is the promise I make to you. Whether...Read more
Which of the following would you consider the most unusual and least likely to occur?
1) President Trump calls Speaker Nancy Pelosi to invite her to lunch.
2) Rioters and looters agree to pay for the damage they caused to businesses and individuals.
3) Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2371407">Read more
It was a night I shall never forget. The date was April 4, 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis and I was flying home to Washington, D.C., from Atlanta. As the plane descended over National Airport, I could see flames. Part of the city of my birth and capital of the nation was on fire.
The riots and looting in ...Read more
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told an African American talk show host last week: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” It was not a one-off remark.
After strong condemnation, including from some fellow Democrats, Biden attempted to walk back his statement, ...Read more
Writing and making public one’s opinions guarantees people will respond. Writers, performers and every human likely desire his or her thoughts, and even their life, to matter to others. The alternative is to become hermits.
Like other opinion writers I get my share of positive and negative letters, but during the Trump administration the ...Read more
The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Though I believe the risk is small when comparing the number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered with the number who ...Read more
For three years former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was put through a legal and financial wringer by top officials within the FBI, including its then-director James Comey. The FBI investigation threatened to destroy Flynn's career, ...Read more
Getting my parents and grandparents to talk about their experiences during the Great Depression and World War II was always difficult. They lived in the pre-Dr. Phil generation before people went public with their deepest thoughts.
I have been thinking how they might have responded to the current panic caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. I suspect...Read more