March 7, 2012
In citing his objection to same sex marriage ("Redefining marriage in Md?" March 2), CardinalEdwin F. O'Brienfails to acknowledge that our laws are not based upon religious dogma but upon the precepts of our Constitution. Indeed our founding document not only offers specific protection from the undue influence of religious authority but likewise guarantees the equal protection of individual rights. From that perspective, marriage between two loving same-sex adults is hardly a "radical" notion as the cardinal has so characterized but one that is consistent with the exercise of long standing ideals that underlie our democracy.
September 13, 1990
AN "enigma."That's the word most people are using to describe David Souter, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court. The word carries with it a hint of suspicion -- and with good reason.What makes a person an enigma, a mystery? The lack of known principles.To know someone's principles is to know the standards to which he or she will repair in solving a problem. People of firm principles, who aren't afraid to make them known, enable others to grasp what kind of people they are by grasping how their minds work.
July 29, 1991
Interestingly, the first real controversy regarding Judge Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court is not about his opposition to affirmative action or even to his presumed extreme conservatism in general, but to his apparent belief in "natural rights." He has referred approvingly to this concept in speeches and articles.Advocates generally argue that such rights are superior to man-made rights -- and are the endowment of God or a "creator," as the Declaration of Independence put it. Such rights are therefore both extra-constitutional and religious or theological.
October 1, 2007
With about a term and a half now under its belt, the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. has made a sharp turn to the right. As a new term begins today, the court will have at least three major opportunities to reassert fundamental constitutional rights of individuals in confronting government policies. Certainly, the court should be more protective of individual rights than it generally has been so far. As predicted, Justices Roberts and Alito have lined up with their more conservative colleagues, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, just as the more liberal John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Stephen G. Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have tended to band together.
December 14, 2010
Kudos to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who ruled that the individual mandate requirement of Obamacare is unconstitutional and beyond the scope of congressional constitutional powers. Thanks likewise to Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who filed the lawsuit on Obamacare last March. This case must and should go now directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the health care reform law. This is about Individual rights to choose to participate in Obamacare or not without being penalized or punished.
September 26, 2013
There are more than a few reasons why I dislike conservative politics. Texas, which gave us Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, John Cornyn and Louis Gomert, among others, decides not to fund Obamacare, the law of the land, because constituents there want it overturned. What happened to majority rule? Conservatives would rather suspend the government's operations and default on legally valid debt obligations rather than have to wait until the next election to argue their viewpoint. They think that Second Amendment rights means they should suffer no inconvenience for greater background checks that might to possibly prevent a disturbed individual from buying a gun. They want to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency because every person or business should be free of government regulation, totally ignoring the effects of pollution on the health of many.