Tag:bill of rights

  • Why we should read the American founders  

    Thomas Jefferson was renowned for stressing that authority ultimately rested with the people and not the government. Self-government often seems more like a theoretical concept today, or even a partisan issue. Ultimately, so much of what we see in politics today is a belief that Americans are no longer capable of governing themselves. They need more rules, and regulations…

  • The courageous First Amendment 

    “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty,” Thomas Jefferson  I love the First Amendment with a burning hot passion of a thousand suns. It’s what drew me to journalism. Fear of losing it drew me to public policy. More information…

  • SCOTUS showing subtleties of jurisprudence  

    We tend to think of U.S. Supreme Court justices as ideological, their views and actions mapping neatly onto the conventional liberal-to-conservative continuum of American politics. Their decisions are thought to conform to the party of the president who nominated them. The current conservative bloc is Chief Justice John Roberts…

  • Budget Cap Would Have Helped NC

    RALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers could have avoided repeated massive budget shortfalls in recent years associated with economic downturns, if only it had a Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights in effect, according to a study released Thursday. The report, “A Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) for North Carolina,” was written by…