A Brief History of Court Packing - Since the death of liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the determination of President Donald Trump to fill her Supreme Court seat before Election Day with the traditionalist Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the concept of court packing has reared its head. The phrase “court packing” is a derogatory reference to legislation that alters the number […]
Lost Cause Narrative Still Shapes Modern Debate - He had tried, and failed, once before. In 1859, the Virginian Edward Alfred Pollard, a journalist and Southern partisan, had published a defense of slavery, “Black Diamonds Gathered in the Darkey Homes of the South.” Then came the election of Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, which abolished the system […]
Can America Do It All? - In fiscal year 2020, which ended on Sept. 30, the U.S. government set some impressive new records. The deficit came in at $3.1 trillion, twice the previous record of $1.4 trillion in 2009, which was set during the Great Recession, and three times the 2019 deficit of about $1 trillion. Federal spending hit $6.5 trillion, […]
News From Around the South 10/12 to 10/19 - NORTH CAROLINA: Lexington Confederate Monument Moved At Night DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Confederate statue was removed overnight in Lexington, police confirmed Friday. Penny Burkhart, a Lexington resident, told WXII 12 News that the public was unable to view the removal of the monument, as roads surrounding the statue were blocked. “However, we did stand […]
Better Off - You might think that, so close to election time, everyone would understand how our government works. Evidently, that’s not correct — or people are pretending not to know, because they are afraid they won’t get the outcome they want. Let’s start with the presidential race. The media focuses on national polls. But the popular vote […]