Posts Tagged 'US Supreme Court'

The End-Game for American Democracy

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - Slip Opinion

With its ruling yesterday in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the United States Supreme Court has announced the beginning of the end of America’s noble experiment with democracy. It was beautiful while it lasted.

Con Law 101: To Whom is Due Process Due?

US Constitution

In response to my post yesterday about the U.S. Supreme Court’s welcome decision re-establishing the fundamental constitutional principle of habeas corpus against the Bush administration’s extraordinary challenges, some guy named Claude chimed-in to assert that the U.S. Constitution only applies to American citizens.

Ordinarily, I respond to readers’ comments as further comments in the thread to which they were originally posted. There are times like this, however, where the comments are so profoundly stupid and so characteristic of disturbing trends in public discourse that they must be addressed in a separate essay.

Where do idiots like Claude get the idea that the U.S. Constitution applies only to American citizens?

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Restoring Habeas Corpus to American Jurisprudence

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Cartoon by Ben Dib, courtesy of MinutemanMedia.org

With today’s 5-4 decision in Boumediene v. Bush, the United States Supreme Court took an enormous step in re-establishing justice, human decency, and the fundamental rights of the individual in the face of the awesome power of the state as the guidestars of American constitutionalism. The Court held that those imprisoned by the United States for the past six years at Guantanamo Bay are entitled to timely judical review of the charges against them in U.S. Federal courts.

In the end, it seems, the Court was unwilling to let the high-handed authoritarianism of King George of America eviscerate the ancient principle of habeas corpus, codified as early as 1215 in the Magna Carta in reaction to the high-handed authoritarianism of King John of England.

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Blasts from the Past

Man Up!
Man up you pussy!

... because the idiocy of manliness is an evergreen topic.

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Talking Turkey
how to cook a perfect turkey in half the time

... because Canada and the US will celebrate their Thanksgiving holidays and, regrettably and preventably, not 1-cook-in-10 will serve a decent turkey.

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Filial Piety Awareness Day
Kaki Tusler, Mother's Day Celebrant

... because everyday is Mother's Day.

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America Dreaming Small
American Dream

... because the American Dream seems but a distant memory, given the country's dominant ethos of small-mindedness.

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Serenity and Gratitude to Bring in the New Year
New Year's Eve at Tibetan Pavillion

... to remind us that not every mix of Tibetans and Western spiritual seekers has to be nauseating.

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Incredible Vision
Infinite Vision

... to celebrate the new edition of Infinite Vision published in India.

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Expelliarmus! Harry Potter and the Path to Gandhian Nonviolence
Expelliarmus, Potter, Gandhi, Nonviolence

... reprised because military strategy seems more cruel and less effective than ever -- and certainly there is a better way.

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India Going Nowhere Fast
Nano in Flames

... because cars are ruining Pondicherry, where I live. How badly are they fucking up your Indian town?

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Understanding the Gift Economy
Gift Economy Explained

... reprinted because more-and-more people seem want to understand the gift economy. (Yeah!)

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