Don’t Put Your Hope in the U.S. Supreme Court – It is a Reactionary Choke Point for Social Reform

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“I do not forget the position assumed by some,” the new president declared to an expectant, anxious throng assembled in front of the Capitol in Washington for his Inauguration, “that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court.” It was March 4, 1861, just four years after the Dred Scott decision. But, Abraham Lincoln went on, “if the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made . . . the people will have ceased, to be their own rulers, having, to that extent, practically resigned their government, into the hands of that eminent tribunal.” It was the people, Lincoln insisted, who were the “rightful masters” – of president, court, and Constitution. READ MORE.

The Midwife for the Imperial Presidency—Theodore Roosevelt

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By accident Theodore Roosevelt became President in September 1901, upon the assassination of President William McKinley. Having achieved his lifelong lust for power, he then proceeded to lay the foundation for the Imperial Presidency. An edifice of ever expanding presidential power next was constructed by many of his successors. And now, in the opinion of many, the Imperial Presidency threatens all of our civil liberties because it is contrary to the system of checks and balances which was designed by the Founders in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Characterized by his contemporary Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. as a “pretty unscrupulous politician,” who “doesn’t give a damn for the law” (542), during his presidency Theodore Roosevelt was relentless in seeking to expand presidential power, as is shown by his own words set out above. READ MORE.

Dwight Eisenhower: The Peace President Who Refused to Use the Atomic Bomb

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When he became President in 1953, like George Washington and Ulysses S. Grant before him, Dwight Eisenhower (“Ike”) was an unqualified War hero and a successful manager of armies. As President he had the wisdom and courage to speak the truth about and act on the dangers of the nuclear age in which we found ourselves. Adults, who were not cowboys fortunately, ran the government at that time when this reviewer and many others spent our youth in elementary school practicing hiding under our desks or in school basements awaiting the inevitable atomic Armageddon so often illustrated in episodes of Rod Serling’s TV series, the Twilight Zone. READ MORE.

The President Who Destroyed the Klan: Ulysses S. Grant, An Unappreciated and Undervalued Leader

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While President, Ulysses S. Grant destroyed the terrorizing Ku Klux Klan to protect the lives of the freed former slaves. But with the intensely disputed presidential election of 1876 to succeed him in office came the “Compromise of 1877,” which gave the White House to the Republican candidate in exchange for the removal of Grant’s federal soldiers from the South and the return of complete control of the region to the racist Southern Democrats. This end of the Reconstruction period enabled the Klan eventually to rise again and to terrorize and murder Blacks until President Lyndon Johnson used the FBI to destroy the Klan a second time, almost 100 years later. READ MORE.

INSIDE THE JEWELRY BOX: Kristina Marie Darling’s “Melancholia (An Essay)”

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            “To wake from a dream—to begin a series of portraits instead” ~ Kristina Marie Darling The world of Kristina Marie Darling has always been nocturnal and seemingly endless: a landscape filled with strange, barely discernible trinkets collecting dust in the shadows. At the time I’m writing this, Darling has published five books of poetry, has three forthcoming (Palimpsest, Correspondence, and Petrarchan), and has edited …continue…

Review: Mounting Evidence by Dr. Paul Rea

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“Although this rendering reflects serious sleuthing, what you’ll find here is less a research treatise than a detective mystery in the spirit of Sherlock Holmes. The inquiry goes where the evidence leads it. And while this book doesn’t solve the crime of our century, it does take us closer to that goal.” -Author’s Preface, Mounting Evidence, Paul Rea, PhD Mounting Evidence: Why We Need A New Investigation into 9/11 is …continue…

Going Haywire: A Review

Darkness. It’s what we crave, what we need, and what we cannot turn away. Dive deep into the human soul, hunting for perfection, but what we find is flawed. No silver lining but darkness. We twist, and we turn in the corners of our mind, cut on jagged edges, and we find the other side, where nightmares lie, our darkness. And if we snap, connect, what if we go Haywire? …continue…

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Play Pounding. Pounding. Pounding. A shrill squeak, Quick go! Body springs forward Don’t think now, do. Pounding faster, pounding, pounding Act on the survival instinct- Do do do, Run. Footsteps fall to the ground, harder harder, heavy It’s silly to chase- Mind ignores the fact- Play chase, Play. PoundingPoundingPounding Fast! Run to it! Legs resist But mind insists. They all chase- Hurry! Turn, again! Run with it Run away You …continue…

REVIEW: Home by Toni Morison

Home Toni Morison, 145 pp. Alfred A. Knoph Frank Money is not the first fictional war veteran to come home to an America still plagued with racism and prejudice. Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony (1977), for example, also explores themes of the racial outsider coming home from fighting for a country that could care less about them. While Silko chooses a post-modern stylistic lens, Morrison goes for something a bit more …continue…

Living with Rats and Other Poems

Living with Rats They’re sneaky, quick, stealth, like a robber.  Like a world-class So I hold a broomstick thief.  Climb a wall, collapse under a doorway, these things in bed – clutch it are unstoppable.  They’ll eat their way out the room to my breast.  Surprisingly, I’m fearin’ they’ll enter. . . Can be here at any moment, in fact, probably are! I feel better.  I’m ready to whack roving …continue…