Allen Mendenhall

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Allen Mendenhall is a writer, attorney, managing editor of Southern Literary Review, and adjunct professor.  Views expressed on this website and in his writings are his own and do not reflect those of his current or past employers unless otherwise indicated. Visit his website at AllenMendenhall.com.

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Make America Mobile Again

 

The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America By F.H. Buckley (Encounter Books, 384 pages, $27.99) This election season has proven that, regardless of who becomes the Democratic or Republic nominee for president, the American political landscape has been reshaped. Candidates expected to have a smooth path to their party’s nomination have met, instead, a […]

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Make America Mobile Again

 

The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America By F.H. Buckley (Encounter Books, 384 pages, $27.99) This election season has proven that, regardless of who becomes the Democratic or Republic nominee for president, the American political landscape has been reshaped. Candidates expected to have a smooth path to their party’s nomination have met, instead, a […]

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An Issue of Supreme Importance for 2016

 

The time has come for politicians to announce their candidacy for president. In the following weeks we can expect more names to be tossed into the hat of presidential hopefuls. Already Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul have proclaimed their desire to lead our country. Hillary Clinton made her candidacy official Sunday, and Senator […]

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Sympathy for Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme CourtBy Damon Root(Palgrave Macmillan, 288 pages, $28) The sounds coming from the echo chamber suggest that Damon Root’s new book Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court has been an uncheckered success. On the book’s cover Randy Barnett declares it a riveting […]

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Call a Constitutional Convention, Already!

 

We’ve talked endlessly about using a Constitutional convention to wrest the reins of government from entrenched interests and put them back in the hands of the people. Enough talk: It’s time to put the theory into action. To recap, the Constitution may be amended in two ways: by a two-thirds vote of Congress, or by […]

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The Politics of Paternalism

 

The Supreme Court opinion everyone is buzzing about — Monday’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case involving that school’s affirmative action program — will not be monumental in our canons of jurisprudence. The petitioner, Abigail Noel Fisher, a young white woman, applied to the university in 2008 and was denied admission. She […]

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To Educate in the Permanent Things

 

In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama proposed changes to preschool, high school, and college education, respectively. His proposals generated praise and condemnation from the predictable cheerleaders and naysayers. Some celebrated his efforts to expand early childhood education; others suggested that he should have focused more on the student loan crisis; […]

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The Law Is Above the Lawyers

 

Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts By Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner (Thomson West, 608 pages, $50) Do not let its girth fool you: Reading Law by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and legal writing guru Bryan A. Garner is an accessible and straightforward clarification of originalism and textualism.* A guide for the […]

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