from The Great Debate:

Don’t tear down Confederate monuments – do this instead

July 23, 2015


Statue of General Robert E. Lee, astride his horse, Traveller, near the headquarters of the Dallas Park Board in Dallas, Texas, May 25, 2014. Library of Congress/Carol Highsmith

from Breakingviews:

Review: Dealmaking when lives are at stake

July 10, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

A son of the South shuns the flag

June 24, 2015

Confederate battle flag flies at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army in the U.S. Civil War, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville

A Confederate battle flag at the grave of Lewis Frederick Sweat, a soldier in the Confederate States Army, in Boone Hill Cemetery in Summerville, South Carolina, June 22, 2015, REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

Why it’s now time to take down a symbol of white supremacy

June 23, 2015

A Confederate flag flies outside the South Carolina State House in Columbia

A Confederate flag flies on South Carolina Statehouse grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

from The Great Debate:

150 years after the assassination, when will we recover from Lincoln’s death?

April 14, 2015

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

from The Great Debate:

What makes Abraham Lincoln such a radical politician even today?

April 14, 2015

Wider Image: Memories of Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln in a portrait taken in Washington, February 9, 1864. REUTERS/Library of Congress/Anthony Berger

from The Great Debate:

‘Living wage’ law is unconstitutional – if you ask lobbyists

October 6, 2014

Demonstrators rally to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 for fast-food workers at City Hall in Seattle

Industry trade groups are now challenging Seattle’s new minimum wage law as unconstitutional. They claim the city’s $15 an hour rate violates the 14th Amendment. Passed just after the Civil War to ensure equal rights for the newly freed slaves, that amendment says no state may “deny to any person . . . the equal protection of the laws.”

from The Great Debate:

What’s happening in Iraq? Some smart takes to help figure it out.

June 13, 2014


The Iraq created in large part by the United States after the 2003 invasion appears to be collapsing.

from Photographers' Blog:

Shooting back in time

May 20, 2014

Naperville, Illinois

By Jim Young

I am not much of a history fan and definitely wouldn’t describe myself as a Civil War aficionado… I actually had to remind myself of the dates of the fighting before I went to cover a U.S. Civil War reenactment in Naperville, Illinois this month.

from The Great Debate:

A 14th Amendment for all centuries

October 9, 2013

During the 1980s, a colorful Washington figure used to stand in Lafayette Square near the White House holding a sign: “Arrest Me. I Question the Validity of the Public Debt. Repeal Section 4, Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” That section reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” As far as I know, the whimsical “protester” was never arrested; he wasn’t breaking any law. Congressional Republicans, if they force the United States into default on its debt, will be.