Was Congress’ “Warning” Letter to Iran an Act of Treason?

Some bloggers and twitts are calling a 47-member Congressional letter to Iran an act of treason. Some Congress members, led by freshman Tom Cotton (R-AR), informed Iran that any deal reached without Congressional approval would not necessarily be honored in the long-term. First, let’s talk about the letter itself. There are a few things that need to be addressed about it. For one, does Congress, or its members, have the right to interface with foreign parties? Technically, yes, though they Read more […]

Executive Disorder and the Breakdown of Federalism

Ten days ago, Americans voted Democrats out of Congress in the midterm elections. In what was rightly called a repudiation of Obama’s policies, the voting electorate made it clear they weren’t fans of the Democrat agenda. But apparently this hasn’t done anything to change Obama or his policies. At all. Obama has made it abundantly clear that he will continue to accomplish his will through executive order with or without the support of Congress: . . . Obama has angered Republicans who accuse Read more […]

Vast Majority of Americans Ignorant of Basic US Government

When asked to identify the three branches of American civil government, only thirty-six percent of Americans were able to. Which means that sixty-four percent of Americans, a very large majority, are entirely ignorant of the most basic facts of American government: Annenberg released the survey in partnership with the Civics Renewal Network, a group of 25 nonpartisan organizations including the Library of Congress, the Newseum and the National Archives that offers free civics education resources. Other Read more […]