We the People – 5/5

Probing federalism: The Supremacy Clause   By David Adler “Federalism,” which refers to the allocation of powers between the federal and state governments, has been a source of contention since the dawn of the republic. American citizens have vigorously...

We the People – 4/28

Personalizing the Constitution   By David Adler When 17-year old Darnella Frazier used her cell phone on May 25, 2020, to record the murder of George Floyd, a horrifying episode which, viewers across the globe know, lasted nine minutes and 29 seconds, she...

We the People – 4/21

The Biden Commission and the concept of court packing   By David Adler President Biden recently signed an executive order creating a bi-partisan commission that will study U.S. Supreme Court reform and, among other things, examine the size of the court and the...

We the People – 4/17

Personalizing the Constitution   By David Adler The concept of the “personal Constitution,” which we introduced in this column last week, is personified in the First Amendment freedoms, particularly in the rights of religious liberty and freedom of expression....

We the People – 4/7

Personalizing the Constitution   By David Adler Together, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution form what Gunnar Myrdal called the “American Creed.” The Declaration, written in eloquent, glittering generalities, invokes the Deity and...

We the People – 3/31

Fundamental fairness: Statehood for Washington, D.C.   By David Adler The introduction of H.R. 51, a bill to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state — the “Washington, Douglas Commonwealth” — would grant its 700,000 residents the same rights enjoyed by Americans in...