14th Amendment

Locked But Not Loaded — The NRA And The Dallas Shootings

Locked But Not Loaded — The NRA And The Dallas Shootings

14th Amendment, abolition, anger, bigotry, Change, citizenship, civics, Civil War, conflict, Consitution, emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, Equality, Fourteenth Amendment, Gun violence, Guns, injustice, justice, peace and justice, political rhetoric, race, racism, Second Amendment, slavery, Uncategorized, violence
The orthodox argument advanced by the National Rifle Association (NRA) senior leadership for the individual ownership of firearms unconnected with military service is that firearms in the hands of private citizens acts as a deterrent to some future tyranny by the Federal government. One would think, then, that Micah Xavier Johnson would by now have been recruited by the NRA as both poster child and martyr.  After all, in the wake of the LA and MN shootings of helpless black men by the police – to say nothing of Ferguson and New York City and Baltimore and … -- Johnson’s actions were pristinely and irreproachably consistent with the NRA’s avowed advocacy of armed resistance to a tyrannical government bent on the subjugation of its citizens. Yet – at least, as far as I have been able to
Making History Rhyme

Making History Rhyme

14th Amendment, bigotry, Challenge, Change, Christian Church, Christianity, citizenship, civics, Civil Rights Act of 1964, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Equality, Ethics, faith, Freedom, Fundamentalism, GLBT, God, Ideology, injustice, law, Minorities, monotheism, Politics, race, racism, Rationality, Religion, republic, Scripture, secularism, separation of Church and State, sexual orientation, Sexuality, Supreme Court, theocracy, Theology, Tolerance, Uncategorized
Mark Twain is supposed to have said “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes”, though the exact source of this Twain-ism is surprisingly elusive. But even if he did not say it, he should have. Or someone should have. The rhyming of history is especially evident, given the proliferation of State-level religious-freedom restoration acts (RFRA) protecting individuals and businesses from criminal and civil penalties for discrimination against LGBTQ -- specifically, though not exclusively, transgender -- people in commercial transactions. The most obvious question that gets begged is why States are expending this much effort in light of the requirements of, for example, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Unfortunately, Title II of the Federal law is altogether “porous” in
Birthright Citizenship and Immigration

Birthright Citizenship and Immigration

14th Amendment, Change, citizenship, Civil War, community, Consitution, Equality, immigration, law, Minorities, Politics, slavery
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. -- 14th Amendment, Section 1 To discuss the subject of US citizenship is to re-enact the iconic role of Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner: you dash along confidently in pursuit of the subject, only to suddenly be seized with the eerie sensation that you are standing on … nothing. The dust clears. You reach down to touch th