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We asked four Civility and Democracy panelists for their perspectives on the Wisconsin and government shutdowns in less than 250 words.
“After the Constitution was ratified, foreigners and even monarchs from other nations believed the president was a king under the title of president. The president had many of the powers monarchs had — he was commander-in-chief, had the power to make treaties and judicial appointments, and could grant pardons. The U.S. Electoral College recalled the… [Continue Reading]
A game of brinksmanship is being played out in the legislative and executive branches. Congress and the president must agree on a budget to avert a government shutdown.
Freedom also has its costs. That is precisely why we fear it. And the freedoms we have long honored – and that Egypt, Tunisia and other countries are now themselves seeking to embrace – is no different.
Last week I served as a judge for a high school civics competition and it surprised me a little that, unlike at the Constitutional Convention itself, there was not a single voice of dissent.