Election Message from James H. Lowry

James H. Lowry, a Grinnell College classmate (1961), friend, and accomplished social activist and business executive, has written the following inspiring election message which he asked me to share. (Here is his biography in The History Makers (the nation’s largest African-American video oral history collection). “As we near Election Day 2020, I’ve been reflecting on … Continue reading Election Message from James H. Lowry

Presidential Historian Jon Meacham’s Remarks About Walter Mondale at His Memorial Service

At the May 1st Memorial Service for former Vice President Walter Mondale, Presidential Historian Jon Meacham delivered the following remarks.[1] “The story begins the year before he was even old enough to vote. It was a late July afternoon in 1948, and Fritz Mondale, then all of 20, had been put in charge of the … Continue reading Presidential Historian Jon Meacham’s Remarks About Walter Mondale at His Memorial Service

The Need To End Minority Rule in U.S.       

Harvard professors of government, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, make a convincing case that the structure of the U.S. government has permitted minority rule in the U.S. and they propose ways to change that structure to reduce the enabling of such minority rule.[1] We will examine their arguments about structure and reform. Then a couple … Continue reading The Need To End Minority Rule in U.S.       

Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis   

At the John Lewis memorial service on July 30 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Barack Obama gave the following moving eulogy. The Eulogy [1] James wrote to the believers, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith … Continue reading Barack Obama’s Eulogy for John Lewis   

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

  As of 5/4/20 # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 President … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

Judge David Tatel Honored by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights 

At its 50th Anniversary Gala on October 24, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights granted its Legal Champion Award to Judge David S. Tatel. Here we will review the Gala Co-Chair’s introduction of the Judge, the latter’s response and the Judge’s recent opinion for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholding … Continue reading Judge David Tatel Honored by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights 

Derek Chauvin Trial: Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years Imprisonment           

                                                                                                                               On June 25, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill entered the following order, “ As to Count I, based on the verdict of the jury finding you guilty of unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony under Minn. Stat. sec. 609.19, subd. 2(1), it is the judgment of the Court that … Continue reading Derek Chauvin Trial: Chauvin Sentenced to 22.5 Years Imprisonment           

U.S. Needs Federal Elections Agency

This year’s U.S. presidential election reminds us that such elections operate under 50 sets of confusing rules established by state legislatures. We, therefore, should be reminded of the need for a Federal Elections Agency to simplify this morass. Latest Proposal for Such an Agency[1] The latest proposal for such an agency has been put forward … Continue reading U.S. Needs Federal Elections Agency

Other Opinions About the U.S. Electoral College

A prior post discussed the July 6 Supreme Court decisions about the “faithless electors’ in the U.S. Electoral College for electing the president and vice president and initial reactions to those Supreme Court cases. Here are some additional reactions to those cases as well as other commentaries about the U.S.’ complicated system for election of … Continue reading Other Opinions About the U.S. Electoral College

Yet More Outrageous Actions by President Trump

Previous posts have discussed what hopefully were the last outrageous actions of President Trump.[1] Not true. On April 17, he issued two tweets entitled “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and” “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” without any other content. Then he issued a third tweet entitled “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”[2] All of these … Continue reading Yet More Outrageous Actions by President Trump