September 10, 2018

In law school we learned a basic aphorism: Hard facts make bad law. That means when cases present difficult factual situations in which the law requires an outcome that many people would consider unfair, courts are still obliged to follow the law. Otherwise, by bending...

September 4, 2017

I am an optimist. I think our country is going through a difficult time, but I think we and our system will prevail. I believe this administration will test all of the checks and balances that our Founders built into our constitutional form of government, but I think t...

February 1, 2017

Note: This blog was published in the Sunday, Feb. 12 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-civics-lesson-20170211-story.html

While I am as concerned as anyone about President Trump's actions last week, I can’t help but think th...

January 20, 2017

I'm an optimist, and a wait and see kind of guy. I'm not happy about the incoming administration, but I'm going to hold my fire for now. I believe in the system, I believe in separation of powers, I believe in checks and balances. I believe they are there for a reason,...

January 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump:

This week you will take the oath of office as President of the United States. It is one of the great moments in our constitutional democracy – the peaceful transition of power to a freely elected new chief executive. This does not happen in every country...

November 5, 2016

Saw this article today and consider it worth sharing, not just for the conclusion drawn by this former Marine officer who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, but moreso for his explanation of why so many people are supporting Donald Trump: He says in part:

"I can appreciate...

November 4, 2016

As the author of a book on presidential elections for children in grades 3 through 5, every election year I get invited to speak about the election process at book fairs, in libraries, at bookstores, and especially at schools.

Except, not so much this year.

I suspected t...

October 21, 2016

See my op ed in the Baltimore Sun.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-electoral-college-20161020-story.html

October 9, 2016

I've seen a meme floating around Facebook attributing Donald Trump's popularity to a broken educational system. But this isn't simply an educational system issue, though I am all in favor of more education about civics and government.

When speaking to 3rd, 4th, and 5th...

September 28, 2016

In my book, The U.S. Constitution and You, I talk about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens. I say:

Protecting these rights also means you have important responsibilities. One responsibility is to vote so you can choose leaders and lawmakers who will act wi...

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We're a great country no doubt, but we can still learn from others. Read more in my latest op ed in The Baltimore Sun. 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/new...

We're Number One! . . . Well, Sort Of

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