In our three-branch system, no government actor is above the law — meaning everyone who holds public office must be made accountable to the people if democracy is to survive and flourish. The federal government is basically a tri-headed monarch, with each head empowered to check the other two. This structure of government is one of the two primary axes of constitutional law. The other axis of constitutional law has to do with “rights.” Most Americans know they have something called constitutional rights. But when surveyed in 2017, over a third of us couldn’t name a single right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. More than half wrongly believed that illegal immigrants have no rights under the U.S. Constitution at all. And a quarter could not name all three branches of the federal government. To make matters worse, the Trump administration’s assault on the rule of law has skewed the very concept of “rights.” Just a few days … [Read more...] about What is a constitutional right, anyway?
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As I reported last week, the United States recently denied entry to Omar Barghouti — the co-founder and leader of the inherently anti-Semitic "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" movement that incites economic warfare and sundry other forms of "lawfare" against the world's only Jewish state. Barghouti, born in the Muslim Brotherhood-cozy state of Qatar and hailing from a prominent Hamas-linked Palestinian-Arab clan, was scheduled to make stops at various northeastern U.S. universities, meet with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and also attend his daughter's wedding in Texas. Some on the Left — buttressed by some of the usual suspects on the virtue-signaling Right — have seen fit to condemn the United States' denial of entry for Barghouti. Consider far-left New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg: In recent years, the American right has presented itself as a champion of free expression. Conservatives are constantly bemoaning a censorious campus climate that … [Read more...] about HAMMER: Yes, The United States Was Right To Deny Entry To BDS Co-Founder Omar Barghouti
Local organizers of the Women's March have distanced themselves from the New York-based group’s leadership amid questions of finances, control and ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic views. The Women’s March is a grassroots protest that began two years ago with a Facebook post. Millions of women participated in the Jan. 21, 2017 march in Washington D.C. and cities nationwide, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Four New York women who helped organize the D.C. march became co-chairs of a group called Women’s March Inc. and garnered the media spotlight as national leaders of the nascent movement. But questions and concerns over the New York-based group's slowness to condemn Farrakhan's anti-Semitic remarks this year have prompted some allies and local and state organizers to distance themselves from WMI and its leaders. More than one dozen local women’s … [Read more...] about Women’s March leaders in New York face scrutiny as local chapters defect
The Brooklyn-born playwright and critic Lionel Abel, who cut his political teeth in left-wing circles in Greenwich Village in the 1930s, remarked in his memoirs that during the Depression years, New York City “went to Russia and spent most of the decade there.” Leaving aside Mr. Abel’s taste for the mordant, he had a point. For a few decades — from the 1930s until Communism’s demise as an effective political force in the 1950s — New York City was the one place where American communists came close to enjoying the status of a mass movement. Party members could live in a milieu where co-workers, neighbors and the family dentist were fellow Communists; they bought life insurance policies (excellent value for money) from party-controlled fraternal organizations; they could even spend their evenings out in night clubs run by Communist sympathizers (like the ironically named Café Society on Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village, a showcase for … [Read more...] about When New York City Was the Capital of American Communism
Strolling the aisles at a Kohl’s department store near his home in Rochester, N.Y., Azizullah Sharifi spoke Pashto with his daughter Marwah as they picked through shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops for the summer. The father and daughter stopped to check their shopping cart, when a woman next to them muttered, “Speak [expletive] English” in a low growl. Once Sharifi realized she was talking to him, he quickly pushed his cart away without responding. But he wasn’t fast enough. Though she was only 7, Marwah recognized that the woman had “said something really bad.” “Just ignore her,” Sharifi told her. It was a drastic shift from the way he was treated in his home country of Afghanistan, where American service members, with whom he had worked closely, treated him with respect. Much of his experience in the United States has been positive, but sometimes, “you feel Islamophobia, the racism — not all people, but you can feel it,” … [Read more...] about In the United States, His Problem Wasn’t the Taliban. It Was Everything Else.