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Kurt Anderson

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 11/08/14 at 03:37 pm in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

I dread to think of the long-term consequences for our democracy if the federal courts tell large majorities of voters, in a large majority of our states, that their democratic preferences do not matter. It would be so much better if the justices would vote, as Minnesota voters (including me) did, to keep the issue out of the constitution. The changing cultural climate on gay marriage is best expressed in elections and legislative enactments.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 10:49 am in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

If you are going to invoke Loving v Virginia as a reason to trump legislative preferences (and by the way, I probably agree with you on SSM as a matter of legislative policy) then you also need to:
1) Explain why the Loving justices unanimously rejected the SSM case of Baker v Nelson just 3-4 years later; and
2) Acknowledge that the Lovings were actually arrested for holding themselves out as married, whereas under existing constitutional law that would not be possible for gay...

Posted on 11/11/14 at 11:18 am in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

I would not blame "leftists." Republican appointees have provided the majorities in famous (and arguably [?!] undemocratic) decisions from Roe v Wade to Bush v Gore and several more decisions that do not appear on most radar screens. They are not shy about trumping the will of the voters in favor of what appear to me to be untethered spacewalks through constitutional law.

Posted on 11/11/14 at 01:14 pm in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

Add a wry smile and a sigh to that headline, and I'd probably have to agree with it.

Posted on 11/08/14 at 03:46 pm in response to Is there hope for cutting through gridlock? John Brandl shows us a way

I was his campaign treasurer while he ran for and served in the state Senate. I know he took some heat from his south Minneapolis liberal constituency for demurring on some of their hardened ideological positions -- for example, supporting some funding for parochial schools and not carrying the hottest pro-choice torch on the abortion issue. Regretfully, I think our current situation reflects the calcified ideological positions on both sides of the great divide.

Posted on 07/14/14 at 10:03 am in response to Brag on, Minneapolis

We do our best here in Minneapolis and MN when we get on with our tasks and disregard what others may or may not think of us. The less attention we get from the rest of the nation and world, the better. I prefer to see us surprise and mystify them when we appear near the top of quality of life and similar lists, and I feel no need to demystify them. Spending too much time admiring our navels just raises the risk that we may trip over something.

I grew up in a private sector union family, now an endangered species. My father was a union officer. Today I live in a family day care household and resent the political payoff that would have been a very unwelcome intrusion in our home.
If these are the kinds of measures to which today's unions have to resort in order to expand their membership, their situation is truly pathetic.

... when unions bargained with EMPLOYERS?

You need to separate your general social and economic angst (which I share to a large degree) from this particular issue. The "freeloaders" you are referring to are low-doller self employed persons who have to find their own health insurance, bargain with their customers (not employers or the state) about vacation and sick leave, wipe noses, change diapers, mediate about six quarrels per hour, put up with unfavorable news articles, fill in a minimum of three additional tax forms with hours...

Posted on 06/08/14 at 02:20 pm in response to U.S. role in the world: Neocons want more muscle than Obama Doctrine

Churchill was hopelessly archaic regarding India and perhaps other questions affecting the British Empire, but he was dead-on accurate in assessing Hitler. I would keep an ear open to the neocons despite their costly error in Iraq -- especially when their tunes fall into harmony with their "realist" adversaries such as Mearsheimer. Ukraine and the Spratly Islands tensions may be leading up to our Rhineland moment(s), and whether you call it geo-realpolitik or defending the frontiers of...