Tag Archives: first amendment rights

The Importance of American Freedom

by Ralph Scharnau Freedom is the central tenet of how we view ourselves individually and as a nation.  It is embedded in our history and language.  Simultaneously it has been contested in debates and dissents in Congress, in political books/essays/editorials, … Continue reading

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Secrets, News Leaks, and the Surveillance State

It was a frightening few weeks in May for journalists concerned with  protecting their sources and for Americans concerned with protecting  their privacy.  Thanks to intelligence whistleblowers like Edward  Snowden, journalists made the public aware of massive secret surveillance  by … Continue reading

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Occupy Iowa Will Seek Permit To Protest On Capitol Grounds

This seems like a smart, pragmatic decision on the part of the Occupy Iowa movement.  Apparently, the consensus process [see video] they have been using for decision-making works quite well ….Democrats may want to consider dumping parliamentary procedure and adopt … Continue reading

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