What exactly would it take for the people of the United States to come together and agree that maybe buying guns should be just a little bit harder to do? The tragedy of Sandy Hook seemed almost like a cartoonishly evil hypothetical answer to that kind of question. Maybe, you might have said, if a classroom full of kindergartners was shot to death, that would be enough for people to agree that some limits on gun ownership wouldn’t be totally crazy.… [Read more]
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The law was a landmark piece of national legislation that prohibited discrimination in voting.
The Voting Rights Act established extensive oversight over the administration of elections, and it provided that states and local governments with a history of discriminatory voting practices could not implement any change affecting voting without first going through pre clearance, i.e., the process of obtaining the approval of the Department of Justice before changes were made.… [Read more]
While many of America’s 310 million people feasted on Thanksgiving Day, a silent group of Americans faced another day in poverty. Over 15 million people now live day to day, one meal at a time, in poverty – far more than at any time in the last 40 years, most of which are women and children.… [Read more]
My north Jersey neighborhood is pretty Republican. In fact, I claim on my blog site, Liberaloutpost , that the area is so Republican that even birds don’t have left wings. Well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it doesn’t change the fact that there’s not a whole lot of political debate going on.… [Read more]