Category Archives: Jason LaBau

The Democratic Split

The Democratic Split

An old division is rearing it’s head again in the Democratic Party. It’s gone public in the disruption of Bernie Sanders’s speeches by #blacklivesmatter protesters, first at Netroots Nation in July and then again in Seattle on Saturday (see here). For those who consider themselves left, liberal, or sympathetic to these movements in general, such disruptions can… Continue Reading

On Lincoln and Our Second Founding

On Lincoln and Our Second Founding

In honor the 4th of July weekend, I’m sharing this post I wrote last year at this time:   I recently had the opportunity to sing “American the Beautiful.” The lines that most hit me are in the third verse: Oh, beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And… Continue Reading

The Constitution Has Everything To Do With It

The Constitution Has Everything To Do With It

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” – Ninth Amendment During the ratification of the Constitution, critics worried about how their rights would be preserved in the context of a new, much stronger federal government. In response, supporters suggested a Bill… Continue Reading

Confronting Our Problems Face On

Confronting Our Problems Face On

“We are capable of bearing a great burden once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.” – James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time I fear that America is not capable of this. This was in stark relief in the aftermath of the South Carolina shooting. A white young man entered… Continue Reading

Rubio Rising

Rubio Rising

At this point, trying to discern who is winning the (mostly invisible) Republican presidential contest is like reading tea leaves. But some clues this weekend suggest that Marco Rubio is in position to take a solid lead. First, let’s start with what his competitors are saying. Lindsey Graham (ok, not really a competitor, but also… Continue Reading

Gender Before Race?

Gender Before Race?

There’s a claim that pops up occasionally in feminist circles: That when it comes to equal rights/opportunities, women always come last. At least in the context of race, this is simply not true. The most common evidence cited for this proposition is the discrepancy between the 15th Amendment and the 19th Amendment. The former, banning the… Continue Reading

The Presidential Race – June Edition

The Presidential Race – June Edition

It’s been three months since I wrote the last update, and what’s really remarkable is how little has changed. Yes, we’ve had a string of announcements (with more coming this month), but the state of the field has remained basically static. My guess is that behind the scenes things are tightening but that we won’t know… Continue Reading

Safe and Rare

Safe and Rare

Two pieces, one by David Brooks and one by Ta-Nehisi Coates, have been bouncing off one another in my head. Taken together, they suggest a two-prong path forward on police reform. In “The Lost Language of Privacy,” Brooks makes the argument for what we’ll sacrifice with police body-cams. I think he’s right, that we’ll be sacrificing… Continue Reading

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