Most illegal immigrants are shielded from deportation

Although the Supreme Court struck down President Obama’s amnesty program that he was imposing by executive order, his other executive orders on immigration are still in effect, protecting some 80% of illegal immigrants from deportation.  Basically, agents have been told not to bother sending back undocumented immigrants unless they commit crimes or are a threat to public safety. (So what does that tell us about the other 20%?  And isn’t being here illegally a crime?) [Read more...]

Obama’s top priority will be gun control

In an interview with GQ magazine, President Obama said that his top priority for his final year in office will be gun control. [Read more...]

Supreme Court will rule on how much abortion can be regulated

The Supreme Court will take up its biggest abortion case in 25 years, promising to decide exactly to what extent abortion can be limited and regulated without violating a woman’s constitutional rights. [Read more...]

Court blocks Obama’s amnesty decrees

A federal court has blocked President Obama’s attempt to impose amnesty for illegal immigrants by executive order.  The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case.  So it appears that the immigration controversy will end up being decided not by legislation but by the courts. [Read more...]

Why the left doesn’t believe in free speech

Michael Barone has a fascinating column, excerpted after the jump, about how leftists, on campuses and elsewhere, are trying to silence anyone who disagrees with them.  But this should not be surprising.

The hard left, whether of the Marxist variety or the post-Marxist variety (which substitutes oppression of women, races, or other groups for the Marxist focus on economic oppression and class struggle) nearly always rejects free speech, as well as other civil liberties, whenever they get into power, as we have seen in communist regimes  If you reject individualism in favor of collectivism, believe that liberty is a bourgeois value designed to promote capitalism, and think that those in power always almost by definition suppress those who oppose them, then, yes, you will reject free speech.

The left certainly holds the power at most college campuses and in some other political and cultural circles, so of course they will impose speech codes and punish dissenters. [Read more...]

“Fundamental” vs. “nonfundamental” rights

In a column on the Supreme Court agreeing to hear a case involving a California law requiring that political donor lists be made public, George Will describes a curious legal distinction between “fundamental” rights that cannot be abridged and lesser “nonfundamental” rights that can be abridged if there is a “rational basis.”  This current case, according to Will, would take the dangerous step of applying the “rational basis” criterion to a fundamental right. [Read more...]