FIBS – Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear

As Senator Margaret Chase Smith of Maine boarded the Senate subway, she encountered the junior senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy. “Margaret, you look very serious,” he said. “Are you going to make a speech?” Without hesitation, Smith replied: “Yes, and you will not like it!” The date was June 1, 1950, and Smith was about to deliver the … Read more

A Court’s Legitimacy

“The Court has always decided controversial cases. The decisions have always been subject to intense criticism and that is entirely appropriate…I don’t understand the connection between opinions that people disagree with and the legitimacy of the Court.” – Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court