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Vietnam War protestors

What We Still Haven’t Learned from the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago today, in 1967, nearly 100,000 Americans marched on Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam War. In those days there was a mandatory draft in place, and the risk was very real that a young man just out of high school could quickly wind up 13,000 miles away, fighting an unseen enemy in Read More

Bastille Day

If America Had a Bastille Day

Today is the French national holiday also known as Bastille Day.I first heard of Bastille Day as a teenager when I heard the song of the same name by the Canadian prog-rock band Rush. Here’s some sample lyrics:But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the Read More

Free Speech

Who Gets Free Speech?

The value placed on free speech in the US is so high that some of the most abhorrent individuals and groups can have their say. This court case proves it.

camera, court

Keeping an Eye on Justice

The work of the US Congress is on display for anyone desiring to tune in. But why are federal courts largely exempt from this public scrutiny?

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