CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1995
In "Religious Right Deserves its Turn at Table" (Column Right, Aug. 17), Ernest W. Lefever rewrites the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. The Constitution reads "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . " Lefever wants us to believe that it prohibits "only the establishment by law of a particular region." Lefever starts with the belief that everyone believes in some God or other, and so to him the only thing the Constitution could possibly be talking about is preventing the establishment of a particular religion.
November 29, 2012 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's Islamist-dominated constitutional assembly passed a rushed draft of a constitution early Friday to ease public anger against President Mohamed Morsi's expanded powers and preempt an expected court decision to disband it this weekend. The proposed constitution states that the nation will be governed by the “principles” of Islamic law, the same wording that was in the constitution under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. But critics argue that certain language was open to interpretation and could allow conservative Islamists to impose a more rigid version of sharia law. The draft was sent to the presidential palace.
September 3, 2013 |
OK, John Kerry, you convinced me: Let's go bomb Syria! Just kidding. Like many Americans, I have serious reservations about this country getting involved in that country's nasty civil war . Still, the sight of the secretary of State addressing senators about the Syrian crisis and taking questions Tuesday was, well, a sight for sore eyes. It's about time that Congress took seriously the power invested in it by the Constitution to take this nation to war. As American University professor Chris Edelson put it so well in his Aug. 30 op-ed in The Times, “Obama and the power to go to war” : The president needs congressional authorization for a military attack that is not related to an actual or imminent threat to the United States.
December 14, 2012 |
CAIRO - Demonstrators clashed in Alexandria on Friday as Egyptians gathered across the nation in rival rallies on the eve of a referendum on a divisive draft constitution backed by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. Thousands of Islamists waved banners and flags in Cairo and other cities to support the proposed charter that has been criticized by secularists and civil rights groups for limiting personal freedoms and emphasizing Sharia law by allowing clerics to be consulted on legislation.
October 26, 2008
Re "Two courts, one 'sin,' " editorial, Oct. 21 The U.S. Supreme Court's task in District of Columbia vs. Heller was "to say what the law is," as established in Marbury vs. Madison. The opinion and dissents in Heller are clear-cut, relating directly to the words of the 2nd Amendment. Agree or disagree, at least both sides are on topic with a direct constitutional issue. Roe vs. Wade and Miranda vs. Arizona created rights unmentioned in the Constitution, bypassing the amendment process.
January 20, 2010 |
Critics of Obamacare are now upping the ante, claiming that its basic outlines are not just unwise but unconstitutional. I'm no healthcare expert, but I have spent the last three decades studying the Constitution, and the current plan easily passes constitutional muster. It's true that the Constitution grants Congress authority to legislate only in the areas enumerated in the document itself. Other matters are left to the states under the 10th Amendment. But if enumerated power does exist, the 10th Amendment objection disappears.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1995
It is astonishing that Jack Rakove, a professor at Stanford University, can write a column about how the Constitution should not be carelessly amended without noting that the Constitution has already been informally amended out of existence . . . amended out of existence, that is, if the purpose of the Constitution is to protect individuals' rights (as confirmed by the 9th an 14th amendments) and to assign limited, enumerated powers to the federal government (as confirmed by the 10th Amendment)