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Author: Timothy Snowball

December 09, 2019

Impeachment explained: A constitutional primer and history

Americans are sharply divided about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. But regardless of how you feel about the controversy, many Americans remain unsure about what impeachment means, how it serves as a tool to enforce our government's separation of powers, and how the Framers of our Constitution intended that tool to be used. ...

October 04, 2019

New California law threatens to kill the gig economy

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law a bill that will make all independent contractors in the state, mainly drivers for ride-share companies Uber and Lyft, into statutory employees. Bolstered by a recent decision by the California Supreme Court, AB 5 will take effect on January 1, 2020, and make all ride-share drivers eligible ...

September 16, 2019

Why do we still celebrate Constitution Day?

We live in seemingly divisive times. Politicians are at each other's throats. Talking heads on the network news explain to us all the reasons we should hate and mistrust each other. Confidence in public institutions is at an all-time low. There seems to be nothing but bad news. Then we notice an oft-neglected holiday on ...

August 29, 2019

Teaching public universities about free speech

In his famous 1954 defense of free speech, journalist Edward R. Murrow declared "We are not descended from fearful men—not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular." Murrow's statement embodies the critical role free speech and free thought play in our society. ...

August 13, 2019

Freedom of speech means freedom not to speak, too

Our freedom of speech is woven into the fabric of the Bill of Rights. People have a First Amendment right to speak freely without government interference or compulsion. This freedom also includes the right not to speak for—or pay for the speech of—anything against one's will. Yet many states violate that fundamental right by requiring ...

July 24, 2019

The Founding Fathers of our limited government: Thomas Jefferson and the freedom of speech

This is the fifth in a five-part series dedicated to exploring the lives, ideas, and contributions of the five individuals most directly responsible for the founding of the United States. Without the courageous actions of James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, America would not be the country that it ...