Friday, July 30, 2010
I'll try not to have a knee-jerk reaction to Sen. Lindsey Graham's call for a constitutional amendment to end the practice of deeming all who are born on this soil citizens, a practice that is as old as the republic. Earlier this week I praised him for his sensible comments about the crack cocaine versus powder cocaine sentencing disparity. The change in those laws didn't go far enough but is much better, in part because of the support of Sen. Graham.
His change on immigration is baffling, though. He is not up for re-election, so it can't be explained away in the same way folks are defending the changes Sen. John McCain has made this year. And he has long had one of the most sensible approaches to the vexing problem of illegal immigration.
I'll just ask this question: Can anyone make a strong case for amending our constitution in the way Sen. Graham is now proposing? Because I can't.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I touched on this topic yesterday in a post about the news media and the unfortunate narratives that take hold and distort our reality. This writer in Time Magazine was apparently thinking along the same lines.
What's ironic, or maybe not, is that if you watched some of the prime-time shows on MSNBC last night, you would have seen ...
President Obama speaks before the Urban League today knowing that a coalition of civil rights groups and leaders have problems with his educational agenda, primarily because it does not cow tie to teacher's unions and it incorporates ideas many conservatives have been pushing for, such as re-evaluating teacher performance based on student performance as well as a greater emphasis on the creation of high-quality charter schools. I'm still hoping he goes a step further and puts vouchers in his educational toolbox as well, but the reform he is already forcing in South Carolina and many other states is encouraging.
In this political climate, it's not surprising that many conservatives don't give him credit for doing precisely what they said he wouldn't do -- standing up to and defying his base when it is warranted. But I will.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The sentencing reform of the disparity between crack and powder cocaine, while not perfect, is definitely a step in the right direction, as Sen. Lindsey Graham makes clear below. South Carolina recently revamped the state's justice system. That's part of the Obama platform I'm still waiting to happen on a federal level, and this crack reform is a small piece of that needed change.