Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

(Adapted from my post at GraniteGrok.com.) In a statement released earlier this week, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced that she has been diagnosed with dementia possibly related to Alzheimer's disease. She is therefore stepping back from public life. I suspect she's all too familiar with what's ahead; as I recall, one … Continue reading Justice O’Connor: It’s Vital to Understand Our Constitution

On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

Merry Christmas, I say, since I stubbornly hold that the Christmas season beginsĀ on December 25. Happy New Year as well, keeping in mind that each day begins a new year. I'm grateful to readers, fellow writers, and DTG himself for this spot on the blog. To all, I commend these words from Pope Francis, spoken … Continue reading On Political Engagement: “Give It Your Best”

The next local election: if you don’t care, rest assured that someone else will

The urgency of national news sometimes casts local politics into the shade. Watch out for that. I spent the last election season preaching "downballot" to anyone who would listen. I have no regrets, in view of some of the issues coming up in my area at the state and local levels that are sure to … Continue reading The next local election: if you don’t care, rest assured that someone else will

Civics is in style

Evan McMullin's independent never-Trump-never-Hillary presidential campaign earned him 700,000 votes along with footnote status in future accounts of the 2016 presidential election. One bewildered supporter tweeted to him afterward, basically asking "what now?" McMullin responded on December 4 with a series of tweets that add up to two things: he's still not a Trump fan, … Continue reading Civics is in style