What are the broader implications of Trump’s legal strategy in the 2020 election? George Thomas offers his insight into this important question, saying, “The Republican Party is disowning the American experiment in democratic self-government.” Continue reading The Republican Party’s Dangerous Anti-Democratic Turn
In this brief post, Dr. Benjamin Kleinerman, Editor of The Constitutionalist, offers his perspective on holding the sanctity of the Constitution above the division of ideological lines. Continue reading A Constitutionalist Perspective
Is Donald Trump’s strategy of pressuring states in their choice of electors a legitimate “Hail Mary” plan to secure a second term? Dr. Jeffery Tulis thinks not. In this article, Tulis challenges his readers to “engage in a broader constitutional conversation than is common for the judiciary” when thinking about the role of the Electoral College.
Continue reading Trump’s “Hail Mary” Pass
How can so many Americans be sucked in by the conspiracy theory of QAnon? Dr. Susan McWilliams Barndt explains the content of QAnon is crazy, but the feelings of dispossession, frustration and rage that fuel this fire are valid. As McWilliams Brandt identifies, political leaders must thoughtfully “address the rages of our time—rages that, even when expressed in falsehood, tell us something true.” Continue reading For Real and For Q: Why QAnon Matters
Is court expansion a legitimate political move? As guest author Thomas Keck explains “proposed alterations in the size of the Supreme Court, like other unorthodox innovations in our governing institutions, are a recurring feature of moments of crisis for U.S. democracy.” In this article, Keck outlines the history of so-called court packing in the U.S. and its relevancy for today. Continue reading The History and Legitimacy of Court Expansion
According to Dr. Joshua Braver, “Court-packing has many merits and may even prove necessary, but that case should not rely on [a] mistaken account of American history.” In this essay, Braver provides an objective historical account that clarifies the issue. Continue reading The Myth of Recurrent Court-Packing