September 9, 2013 |
In London exile in 1940, Charles de Gaulle decided, "It was up to me to take responsibility for France" (" c'etait a moi d'assumer la France "). No U.S. president should assume he is, as de Gaulle almost mystically did, the nation, or is solely responsible for it. Remember this Tuesday when Barack Obama defends his choice to attack Syria . U.S. power and security are somewhat dependent on a president's stature, which should not be diminished unnecessarily. Neither, however, should America's well-being be equated with a...
August 27, 2013
Regarding the Aug. 23 front-page article " Justice Dept. sues Texas over new voter ID measure ": Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has taken an oath to support our Constitution, as amended. How, then, can he pour such scorn on our 14th and 15th amendments, which the embattled Voting Rights Act helps to implement? Mr. Cornyn speaks irresponsibly of "the sovereign affairs of Texas," as if the state were an independent nation. Is it not plain enough even to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who invokes our 10th Amendment...
August 27, 2013 |
CAIRO — Egypt is considering a new constitution that will ban religion-based political parties, reverting to the type of restrictions imposed under Hosni Mubarak and now viewed by authorities as critical for stability after the military's removal of an Islamist government sparked weeks of violence. The constitution is taking shape at a rapid clip, as the country's military-backed interim leaders try to satisfy Western demands and their own promises of a prompt return to civilian rule.
August 23, 2013
Ruth Marcus [" How ‘lawless' is Obama? ," op-ed, Aug. 21] missed the elephant in the room in denying President Obama's alarming constitutional violations by fixing on trivial conservative inconsistencies. Congress is entrusted with exclusive power to authorize the initiation of war under Article I — the most important power in the Constitution. James Madison , father of the Constitution, explained in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: "The constitution...
August 23, 2013
Regarding the Aug. 21 editorial " Get smarter on faculty benefits ": Article I, Section 15A of the Virginia constitution , which declares marriage to be a union between one woman and one man, was approved by the state legislature and by voters. Private universities can offer whatever faculty benefits they wish, but state universities should respect the spirit of the state constitution. Moreover, failing to offer benefits to same-sex partners will have no significant effect on faculty quality.
August 15, 2013
Virginia gubernatorial aspirant Ken Cuccinelli II [" Cuccinelli's K-12 plan would let parents take over failing school ," Metro, Aug. 14] wants to amend the state constitution to remove language prohibiting the diversion of public funds to religious institutions, i.e., sectarian private schools. That language was the foundation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment and should remain in Virginia law. Similar provisions in the majority of state constitutions, based on the Jefferson/Madison principle of...