When the Justice Department got involved in a freedom of expression dispute at a California public college the First Amendment legalities were a pretty simple affair. The statement of interest in Shaw v. Burke mirrored Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, another case dealing with restrictive campus free speech zones.
Few of us would keep our jobs if we wasted time while our work stayed unfinished for years because it was just too difficult. Lawmakers in Washington don’t have that problem. Congress wastes time and money because it’s part of the job.
I’m a conservative Republican who hopes that the Senate GOP Obamacare repeal fails next week. Graham-Cassidy is a mistake. Republicans are trying to fulfill a promise that makes no political sense in a climate where deals we can’t refuse are what matter.
When should members of Congress be afraid of us? When we enter the voting booth. That’s where we get our chance to govern. After the Alexandria shootings they will be afraid, but their fear won’t have much to do with the consent of the governed.