constitution http://wamc.org en Herbert London: Constitutional Disobedience? http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-constitutional-disobedience <p>It is customary for members of the Academy to display anti-American sentiment in the form of multi-culturalism. Rarely, however, does the critique involve the Constitution itself. There is the belief that Supreme Court Justices may have overstepped their authority or mistook various clauses. Now, Georgetown University professor, Louis Michael Seidman, goes further in raising the question of whether we should obey the Constitution at all.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Herbert London 86189 at http://wamc.org Stephen Gottlieb: War And The Separation Of Powers http://wamc.org/post/stephen-gottlieb-war-and-separation-powers <p>In 1950 Harry Truman sent troops to Korea without consulting Congress. Republican criticism did not withstand American hostility to Communism and American nostalgia for give ‘em hell Harry. It became a precedent.</p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Stephen Gottlieb 73350 at http://wamc.org "Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams http://wamc.org/post/friend-court-front-lines-first-amendment-floyd-abrams <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Since 1971, when the Pentagon Papers were leaked to the New York Times and furious debate over First Amendment rights ensued, free-speech cases have emerged in rapid succession.</p><p>Floyd Abrams has been on the front lines of nearly every one of these major cases, which is also to say that, more than any other person, he has forged this country’s legal understanding of free speech.</p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70633 at http://wamc.org "Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams Paul Elisha: Heroes http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-heroes <p>For a nation steeped in adherence to the prohibition of enforced religious belief and impenetrable separation of church and state, as Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black: affirmed in 1947: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.&nbsp; That wall must be kept high and impregnable……” (Everson v Bd of Ed’n).&nbsp; Political paladins of various organized religions seem to have been bent on subverting and rescinding it, in favor of one or another preferred religious belief, ever since.&nbsp; That bent seems more prevalent today, than at any time since its adoption.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:14:12 +0000 Paul Elisha 68332 at http://wamc.org American's Unwritten Constitution http://wamc.org/post/americans-unwritten-constitution <p>We speak with Akhil Reed Amar about his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0465029574/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0465029574&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0465029574" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51031 at http://wamc.org American's Unwritten Constitution Paul Elisha: On the Tolerance for Difference http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-tolerance-difference <p>The currently dis-United States of ours has arrived at a trying juncture, in its turbulent tribulations, to determine the actual status of its democratic durability.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:16:02 +0000 40847 at http://wamc.org Stephen Gottlieb: Due process & targeted assassination http://wamc.org/post/stephen-gottlieb-due-process-targeted-assassination <p>Tasked with helping draft a constitution for India after World War II, B. N. Rau traveled abroad speaking to jurists. In Washington, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter advised Rau not to include a due process clause in the Indian Constitution. Instead India should have a clause simply requiring that no one be charged with a crime but by the law of the land. That was the meaning of the Magna Carta in 1215 which said:</p><p>No freemen shall be taken or imprisoned &hellip; or in any way destroyed &hellip; except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:28:51 +0000 37513 at http://wamc.org