Apr 30

What Ever Happened to Compromise?

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago.


UPDATE: Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson discussed compromise and Congressional gridlock with Andrea Mitchell at the National Constitution Center on May 2. Listen to the full podcast: Is compromise a dirty word? Speaker John Boehner spoke for many politicians running for office when he declared “I reject the word.” In the past, political leaders in… [Continue Reading]

Apr 2

Practically speaking: Ideas for a more perfect union

Posted 2 years, 0 months ago.


Colorado Senator Michael Bennet pointed out last fall that a higher percentage of people approve of America becoming a Communist country than approve of the way Congress is carrying out its business.

Feb 17

Let freedom sing: Springsteen’s five best protest songs

Posted 2 years, 1 month ago.


In exploring the quest for the American ideal, Bruce Springsteen has used the freedom of expression to make powerful comments on his country, government and the lives of “We the People.”

Jan 25

Constitutional Astrology: Presidential Aquarians

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


Although resolute, Aquarians are an incredibly open-minded and honest bunch. They are not afraid to reconsider their strongly-held opinions when they receive evidence that they have perhaps made a mistake.

Jan 23

The “State” of the Union? How about a “vision” instead?

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago.


Tuesday night, delivering his third State of the Union, Barack Obama has a choice. His could join the long list of predictable addresses, forgotten by daybreak. Or he could do something that might, if only for the moment, stifle his critics and provide the nation with a blueprint for a still young century.