Remember when Republicans used to get this?
The idea that you can’t start a competing version of Twitter would be so much more interesting if a bunch of people HADN’T JUST STARTED A COMPETING VERSION OF TWITTER:
Boy, I’m sure glad there’ll be no authority figure deciding who does and doesn’t get to shop...WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS PUT IN CHARGE OF THE SUPERMARKET
“Gee, the folks who run this place aren’t allowing us enough room to do what we want.”

“Hey! I know! Let’s put THE GOVERNMENT in charge!”

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17 Oct
As this thread indicates, the real scandal here is how the Times & especially @nhannahjones herself, responded to criticisms—evasions, lies, false accusations of racism, &c.
The “true founding” thing is important in another dimension, though. The project’s defenders are taking shelter in saying that they meant the phrase “metaphorically” and “of course” they know the United States’ LEGAL founding was in 1776. But that’s a straw man, because
the subject was never the LEGAL founding. It was always abt the NATION’s founding, and a NATION’s founding is always “metaphorical.”

A state (such as the USA)’s legal founding date is not the same as a NATION’s founding. A nation is an imaginary or hypothetical institution. The
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15 Oct
The “Statutes at Large” are the published laws of the USA. In fact, they take precedence over the United States Code in the event of conflict.…

So, quick question, all you twitter con law geniuses: what appears on page 1 of volume 1 of Statutes at Large?
As Abraham Lincoln said, when debating Stephen Douglas, “
If the Declaration is not the truth, let us get the statute book in which we find it and tear it out. Who is so bold as to do it?”
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14 Oct
It's astonishing that major figures in public life think things like this are somehow insightful or clever or interesting, let alone that they somehow refute Originalism.
Two generations of con law scholars: “The enacted text shd be interpreted in light of its public understanding at adoption, bc we’re normatively bound by Original meaning & bc as a semantic matter, words mean what they’re understood to mean at the time they are uttered”

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14 Oct
Neither do the following:

-The right to read books by Dickens
-The right to sleep in on Saturday
-The right to tie your left shoe
-The right to educate your kids
-The right to run barefoot through sprinklers on a summer day
-The right to sing a song
-The right not to sing a song
-The right to wear purple
-The right to shift your car into neutral
-The right to work for a living
-The right to ride on a plane
-The right to know what is & isn’t legal
-The right to watch reruns of Friends
-The right not to watch reruns of Friends
-The right to tweet
-The right to drink peach iced tea
-The right to take medicine prescribed by your doctor
-The right to think
-The right to spray your friend with a hose in a playful fashion while washing the car
-The right to paint your bedroom
-The right to remain silent
Read 4 tweets
5 Oct
The argumt for freedom is not & never has been, that people are all good & smart & make the right choices & stuff. The argumt for freedom is & always has been that OTHERS are not presumptively better, smarter, or more capable of making the right choices for MY life.
Note the word "presumptively." The argument for freedom acknowledges that there are special circumstances where others ARE better able to make the right choices for my life. For example, when I was six, my parents were certainly better able to make the right choices for me.
But the argument for freedom says: We do not always remain children. We have an obligation to be responsible--which logically means we must be FREE to discharge that obligation--which means, to enjoy the rewards of doing so well, & suffer the costs of doing so badly.
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5 Oct
From @MattWelch's excellent new article (…):

"During [Obama's] 2 terms of office—which included a major fed'l response to an economic crisis—annual spending went up by ~ $900 billion.

Trump matched that increase in just 1 term, before his own crisis hit.
"Fiscal 2017 featured spending of $3.98 tril, w most of the $140 bil increase over the previous yr coming under Trump's sharpie. Then things really took off—$4.11 tril in 2018, $4.45 tril in 2019 & a whopping $4.79 tril destination at the halfway point of fiscal 2020. & then came
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