“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” A Little #MLK on His Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was on January 15, 1929.To commemorate his birthday, I wanted to share with you the above clip from his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. This speech is his last. He delivered it on April 3, 1968. He would be gunned down on April 4, 1968.In the speech, he acknowledges that he might not see the completion of the work. This clip is a glimpse at an American prophet in action. Note not only his keen awareness of what is to come, but also his call to … [Read more...]

Nothing Romantic About It: A History of the Filibuster

The United States Senate is grossly undemocratic...even without the filibuster.Today, the Senate moved to limit the use of the filibuster when it comes to certain presidential appointments.The filibuster is a mechanism within the United States Senate which allows a minority of Senators to continue the debate and, as a result, prevent a bill from being voted on. Like the Electoral College, I am fascinated by the filibuster as a political scientist. It is part of the twisted chess-like … [Read more...]

Lincoln and the Easter of Democracy: 150 Years Ago Today

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Few words are more well known. I love the speeches of Lincoln. While this speech may not be his greatest, I think that in many ways encapsulates what made Lincoln great.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.This … [Read more...]

Inequality for All

Robert Reich has been the moral voice within the Democratic Party on the issue of inequality since he left the Clinton administration in the late 1990s.He is currently behind the movie "Inequality for All." The movie will rolling out starting on Sept. 27.On Monday, Reich appeared at the Daily Show and discussed the project with Jon Stewart.Take a look at the full interview:Part 1:Part 2:I love Reich's critical optimism. I think it gave me the boost I needed … [Read more...]

If You Watch One Thing on Constitution Day, It Should Be This!

What is Constitution of the United States all about?It is about how to make laws. Really, that is it. It is rules about how laws are made and who has the power to make what laws.Anyone that adds anything to that, is selling you something. DO NOT BUY IT.Many of you are familiar with this video. Is is just over 3 minutes in length. It is the best introduction to the United State Constitution one will ever find.Take a look!I love Schoolhouse Rock! I will be sharing this … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: Compromise and Constitution

Author’s Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).Part 1 of this episode introduces us to the divisions and challenges facing the Constitutional Convention as it started.Part 2 looks at the compromises that actually led to a Constitution coming out of the Constitutional Convention.These compromises tell us a lot about the Constitution itself. These same compromises are behind many of the s … [Read more...]

Constitution Week: Rebellion and Division

Author's Note: This post is part of a series looking at resources for teaching children about the U.S. Constitution on Constitution Day (Sept. 17).Episode #40 of Liberty's Kids picks up where we left off with the episode I shared yesterday about George Washington.In Part 1, we are introduced to Shay's Rebellion and some of the other issues which forces the 13 states into the meeting in convention in the summer of 1787.It also introduces some of the many issues that divided the … [Read more...]