A Dishonest Truth: Corruption in the U.S.A.
America / Economy / Gov. Officials / Rule of Law

A Dishonest Truth: Corruption in the U.S.A.

Welcome to Chicago, the corruption capital of the country! Kind of catchy, don’t you think? Far from being plastered on the city’s next welcome billboard, this slogan may soon become a rallying cry for Chicagoans tired of being the punchline in a fill-in-the-blank corruption joke. The dubious distinction comes from a report released by the … Continue reading

Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal
Communications / Regulation / Rule of Law / Technology

Two More Ways the “Open Internet Order” is Illegal

As I have previously discussed, the Open Internet Order (OIO) recently passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an unconstitutional breach of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause. That is not the only legal pitfall of the order, however. It also violates the Telecommunications Act, the very law which it is using to apply Title … Continue reading

Why the “Open Internet Order” is Unconstitutional
Communications / Constitution / Rule of Law / Technology

Why the “Open Internet Order” is Unconstitutional

Now that the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) so-called Open Internet Order (OIO) has finally been released, we can begin to assess where we go from here. Besides the numerous reasons why the FCC’s decision is bad policy, it is also unconstitutional. The OIO is a violation of the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment. The … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Foreign Policy / Gov. Officials / National Security / Politics / Rule of Law / Uncategorized

Supreme-ly Ironic: How the Judicial Branch Affects Foreign Policy

In one short, succinct statement Justice George Sutherland altered the relationship between Congress and the executive branch. “The President [operates] as the sole organ of the federal government in the field of international relations,” he wrote in the United States Supreme Court’s decision of U.S. v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation. Whereas the Constitution lays out distinct, … Continue reading

Rule of Law / UN

The first verdict delivered from the International Criminal Court

The United Nations drafted the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002. However, it should be understood that the ICC is an independent international organization and not under the authority of the United Nations. The ICC serves as an international court system, in The Hague, Netherlands and is supported by 120 … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Other / Politics / Rule of Law

Our Constitution: Absolutely Not A “Living Breathing Document”

Is our Constitution a “Living Breathing Document?” Well, what is a “Living Breathing Document?” In The American Constitution and The Debate over Originalism, Dennis Goldford defines the concept of a living breathing document. He quotes Harlold Koh, legal expert, as defining the concept as a “flexible pragmatism that views the Constitution as a living document … Continue reading

America / Culture / Other / Politics / Rule of Law / U.S. Domestic Policy

Memo to the Grand Ole Party: Wake Up and Smell the Cafe con Leche

With the recent announcement of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, things are about to get really interesting concerning the GOP’s relationship with America’s fastest growing demographic group (i.e. Hispanics). As a darling of the tea-party, Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest political move is clearly meant to shore up and consolidate Gov. … Continue reading