Discriminatory Rhetoric Poses a Threat to Democracy

Not too long ago, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, ruled that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses” to same-sex couples. Former Republican presidential candidate and senator Rick Santorum suggested that allowing gay marriage to become legalized would lead to the legalization of polygamy and other forms of marriage. Presidential candidate Ben Carson told the press that it would not be smart for a gay couple to go to Christian bakeries “because they might put poison in that…

Obamacare is No Prescription for Income Inequality

When President Barack Obama passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without a single Republican vote, it seemed to many as though the Democratic Party was embarking on a tyranny-of-the-majority of sorts. With procedural maneuvers in place to annul Republican efforts at blocking its passage, the bill—termed ‘Obamacare’ by many on the right—became law, finally fulfilling the decades-old liberal dream of healthcare reform. Immediately after the bill was signed, David Leonhardt wrote in the New York Times as one of the first to declare that the new law was “the federal…