A 5th Amendment 'right' to same-sex marriage?

by Ellis Washington -- "I'm curious, when did it become unconstitutional to exclude homosexual couples from marriage? 1791 [when the Fifth Amendment was adopted]? 1868, when the 14th Amendment was adopted? ~ more…

Who dropped the bomb on whom?

by Ellis Washington -- Now, look at Hiroshima today. It's not the wreckage. What happened? Well, people decided they weren't going to allow their city to be destroyed forever… They needed help more…

Progressives' 6th Amendment

by Ellis Washington -- "The criminal is to go free because the constable has blundered." ~ Justice Benjamin Cardozo In their notes on the Sixth Amendment, O'Connor and Sabato's textbook, "American Government: more…

Hitler, Nazism and the bottomless pit of evil

by Ellis Washington -- [caption id="attachment_387527" align="alignright" width="235" caption="Virgil and Dante at the entrance to the Bottomless Pit from Dante’s “Inferno” (etching by Gustave Doré)"][/caption] Socrates (470-399 B.C.) was a famous Greek more…

The cruel and unusual 8th Amendment

by Ellis Washington -- Capital punishments are the natural offspring of monarchical governments. … Kings consider their subjects as their property; no wonder, therefore, they shed their blood with as little emotion more…

What if 10th Amendment were respected again?

by Ellis Washington -- [The federal government began] working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, more…

The aborted 9th Amendment

by Ellis Washington -- "[The Ninth Amendment] specifically roots the Constitution in a natural rights tradition that says we are born with more rights than any constitution could ever list or specify." more…

Birth of a conservative intellectual, Part 2

by Ellis Washington -- Prologue In my last column, "Birth of a conservative intellectual," I presented a personal narrative of how I rejected the zeitgeist of Darwinism, liberalism, socialism and hedonism that more…

Birth of a conservative intellectual

by Ellis Washington -- My favorite definition of an intellectual: "Someone who has been educated beyond his intelligence." – Arthur C. Clarke, "3001: The Final Odyssey" Prologue I've been a Ronald Reagan more…