To Save Democracy, First We Need to Make It Real

What’s often called the crisis of American democracy is the result not of too much democracy but of too little. 

#conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Supreme Court Justices Need Term Limits

It is the best way to address the crisis in the court’s functioning and legitimacy.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #germany, #term-limits-political-office, #united-states

Tunisia’s President Promises Vote on Constitution and Sets Election Date

President Kais Saied’s announcement dispelled some of the uncertainty Tunisians have endured for months since he shunted aside Parliament in what critics called a soft coup.

#constitutional-amendments, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #saied-kais-1958, #tunisia

Why New Yorkers Rejected Ballot Proposals on Voting and Redistricting

Republicans worked hard to defeat the measures, which aimed to broaden ballot access and change the redistricting process. Democrats did little to promote them.

#constitutional-amendments, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

Why I Ask More of America Than We Can Get

Our rules and institutions exist for us and our flourishing, not for their own sake.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #dahl-robert-m-1967-2015, #madison-james-1751-1836, #united-states-politics-and-government

Cori Bush and AOC Are Right About Jan. 6 and 1866

The Fourteenth Amendment shouldn’t just be about the Civil War. 

#bush-cori, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rolling-stone, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #treason-and-sedition, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

The U.S. Debt Ceiling: Everything You Need to Know

Political polarization turned a tool for fiscal responsibility into a recipe for economic calamity.

#constitutional-amendments, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #national-debt-us, #senate, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alabama Begins Removing Racist Language From Its Constitution

Many outdated provisions have long since been invalidated, but the language that was specifically intended to enshrine white supremacy has remained.

#alabama, #black-people, #coleman-merika, #constitutional-amendments, #monument-lab-philadelphia-pa-public-art-studio, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

In Nearly All Other Democracies, This Is Not Normal

The two-year House term has profound consequences for our government — and too many of them are negative.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #elections, #elections-house-of-representatives, #federalist-papers, #house-of-representatives, #madison-james-1751-1836, #midterm-elections-2022, #primaries-and-caucuses, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans Move to Limit a Grass-Roots Tradition of Direct Democracy

Through ballot initiatives, voters in red states have defied legislators’ wishes and produced liberal outcomes in recent years. Republicans want to make the practice harder, or even eliminate it.

#constitutional-amendments, #law-and-legislation, #liberalism-us-politics, #referendums, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

White House Is Said to Quietly Push Change to D.C. Statehood Bill

The deliberations over the long-shot bill center on three Electoral College votes the Constitution gives to the seat of government.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #electoral-college, #law-and-legislation, #norton-eleanor-holmes, #senate, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

The Authoritarian Plan for a National Abortion Ban

Some on the right want the Supreme Court to go beyond ending Roe.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #center-for-reproductive-rights, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #douthat-ross-g, #finnis-john, #first-things-magazine, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won?

Donald Trump gave us a Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade. But the fight against abortion may leave the current G.O.P. behind.

#abortion, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutional-amendments, #first-things-magazine, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

The Roadblocks to Equal Rights for Women, a Century Later

A House vote moves the Equal Rights Amendment closer to becoming part of the Constitution. But an uphill climb in the Senate remains.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #equal-rights-amendment, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Filibuster That Saved the Electoral College

Like other Senate blockades of the civil rights era, it was about preserving white supremacy.

#bayh-birch-evan, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #eastland-james-o-1904-86, #electoral-college, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #nixon-richard-milhous, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #thurmond-strom, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wallace-george-c

The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up

Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

#amazon-com-inc, #bill-of-rights-us, #censorship, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #debates-political, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #impeachment, #jones-alex-1974, #liberalism-us-politics, #libertarianism-us-politics, #navalny-aleksei-a, #parler-llc, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #sanders-sarah-huckabee, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

Does Trump Face Legal Jeopardy for His Incendiary Speech Before the Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #immunity-from-prosecution, #impeachment, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Can Trump Be Charged for a Crime for Incendiary Speech Before Capitol Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #immunity-from-prosecution, #impeachment, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Did the Capitol Attack Break Trump’s Spell?

Either the beginning of the end for Trump, or America.

#8chan, #barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #boogaloo-movement, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #homeland-security-department, #house-of-representatives, #impeachment, #inaugurations, #instagram-inc, #mccarthy-joseph-r, #mcconnell-mitch, #mulvaney-mick, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #washington-dc, #white-house-building-washington-dc

Have Trump’s Lies Wrecked Free Speech?

A debate has broken out over whether the once-sacrosanct constitutional protection of the First Amendment has become a threat to democracy.

#constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #cyberharassment, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wu-timothy

Bhutan Becomes Latest Asian Nation to Dial Back Anti-Gay Laws

Lawmakers in the Himalayan country voted this week to amend a 2004 law that criminalizes “sexual conduct that is against the order of nature,” previously treated as a reference to gay sex.

#bhutan, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-watch

Pot Legalization Hits an Unlikely Snag: ‘Magic’ Mushrooms

The addition of psilocybin mushrooms to a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession threw a monkey wrench into New Jersey’s legalization effort.

#constitutional-amendments, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #mushrooms, #new-jersey, #referendums, #sales-and-excise-taxes, #scutari-nicholas

‘Now, We Fight Face to Face’: Thailand’s Protests Shatter Taboos

Antigovernment demonstrations have grown bolder, even insulting the king, but reform remains elusive and fears of a crackdown persist.

#constitutional-amendments, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #royal-families, #thailand, #vajiralongkorn-1952

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine; Four States Legalize Marijuana

There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election.

#arizona, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #marijuana, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020

Oregon Decriminalizes Small Amounts of Heroin and Cocaine, and New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

There were 38 statewide citizen initiatives being decided across the country on Tuesday, about half the level of the last presidential election.

#arizona, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #marijuana, #new-jersey, #presidential-election-of-2020

Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, putting pressure on neighboring states like New York.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #budgets-and-budgeting, #constitutional-amendments, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us

This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

#brunswick-ga, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #henderson-county-nc, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-county-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #michigan, #mississippi, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #vermont, #wisconsin

Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

Amy Coney Barrett’s Originalism Threatens Our Freedoms

Do we really want out rights to be determined by the understandings of centuries ago?

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #bork-robert-h, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #scalia-antonin, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

What About the Rest of the Constitution?

Amy Coney Barrett’s originalism ignores the significance of the second American Revolution.

#barrett-amy-coney, #black-people, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #fifteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #foner-eric, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #madison-james-1751-1836, #race-and-ethnicity, #rakove-jack-n, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #supreme-court-us, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution

Change the Supreme Court? You Have Ideas

We asked readers if and how you would alter the way justices are chosen and how the court works, and received more than 1,500 responses. Some of your suggestions would require constitutional amendments.

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Should N.J. Legalize Marijuana? The Voters Will Decide

A question on November’s ballot asks residents if they support changing the state Constitution to allow recreational use of the drug.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #constitutional-amendments, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #new-jersey, #referendums, #voting-and-voters

How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed

When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd’s killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #black-visions-collective, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-councils, #constitutional-amendments, #frey-jacob-1981, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #noor-miski, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #politics-and-government

End the Poisonous Process of Picking Supreme Court Justices

I’m a libertarian-conservative. We need to depoliticize the court and appoint members to a single 18-year-term.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #constitutional-amendments, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #term-limits-political-office, #trump-donald-j

How the Religious Right Has Transformed the Supreme Court

The Roberts court has used the First Amendment to advance conservative Christian values.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitutional-amendments, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #religion-and-belief, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

The Week Women’s Suffrage Almost Wasn’t

A century ago, opponents unleashed chaos to try to sabotage the expansion of voting rights. The strange interlude still holds lessons in how backlash works today.

#black-people, #burn-harry-t, #constitutional-amendments, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures, #tennessee, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

‘This Is Not a Boring History of Nagging Spinsters’

Women’s suffrage is the story of a political revolution — with all sorts of parallels to today.

#2020-suffrage, #anthony-susan-b, #black-people, #chisholm-shirley, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #hunt-logan-adella, #law-and-legislation, #league-of-women-voters, #lemay-kate-clarke, #nineteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #paul-alice, #race-and-ethnicity, #stanton-elizabeth-cady, #truth-sojourner, #tubman-harriet, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965, #wagner-sally-roesch, #weiss-elaine-f, #wellesley-college, #wells-ida-b, #womens-rights

How Has the Electoral College Survived for This Long?

Resistance to eliminating it has long been connected to the idea of white supremacy.

#black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #eastland-james-o-1904-86, #elections-house-of-representatives, #electoral-college, #lodge-henry-cabot, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-rights-act-1965

Putin Orchestrates Russia Referendum to Keep Him in Power

Russia’s constitutional “referendum” delivered its expected outcome — President Putin can serve until 2036 — but an elaborate spectacle of public affirmation was vital to his legitimacy.

#constitutional-amendments, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #referendums, #russia, #term-limits-political-office

Anti-Lockdown Rebels Don’t Get to Choose Their Own Constitution

Protesters in Michigan who sought to intimidate the governor and the Legislature with a show of arms aren’t just misreading the Second Amendment.

#articles-of-confederation-1781-89, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gun-control, #madison-james-1751-1836, #michigan, #quarantines, #state-legislatures

Supreme Court Bans Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts for Serious Crimes

The badly fractured decision, affecting defendants in two states, continued a debate among the justices over the power of precedent.

#constitutional-amendments, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #louisiana, #oregon, #race-and-ethnicity, #sixth-amendment-us-constitution, #supreme-court-us

Lawsuits Swell as Owners, From Gun Shops to Golf Courses, Demand to Open

Orders to stay home and to shutter businesses because of the coronavirus are being challenged nationwide on the grounds they deny Americans their constitutional rights.

#constitutional-amendments, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #national-rifle-assn