Seth Lipsky

Seth Lipsky, founding editor of the New York Sun, is the author of The Citizen’s Constitution: An Annotated Guide (Basic Books).

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Mike Pence’s Prescience

 

Donald Trump’s choice of Mike Pence for vice president is a promising pick for those of us who see a restoration of sound money as the essential precondition for returning America’s economy to a trajectory of jobs and growth. No doubt he has lots of other virtues, in that he has experience and success as […]

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Tub to the Whale?

 

A new assault is underway on the palladium of our liberty, as the Second Amendment is sometimes known. It was underway even before a mentally ill Californian named Elliot Rodger committed a massacre in Santa Barbara. The Supreme Court, after ruling famously for Dick Heller’s right to keep a gun in his home, is caught like […]

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Dis-United Kingdom?

 

What an opportunity for America is shaping up in the constitutional crisis in Britain, starting with the referendum that is going to be held in September over independence for Scotland. It may not put entirely paid the Acts of Union that, in 1707, placed two kingdoms, England and Scotland, under a single sovereign. But Queen […]

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None to Make Them Afraid?

 

The justices of the Supreme Court have returned to chambers to make their decision in the latest Obamacare case, and I wonder whether they are going to consult George Washington’s letter to the Jews. He sent it in 1790, at the beginning of his presidency, in reply to the welcome addressed to him by the […]

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Holy Harpocrates!

 

A story is told about Robert L. Bartley, late editor of the Wall Street Journal, and his penchant for long silences. He is supposed to have once taken a job applicant to lunch at which, though the two shared a meal, neither spoke a syllable. That is no doubt apocryphal; the job applicant probably said something. […]

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Ghost of the Nauvoo

 

What might be the chances that the fracas over gay marriage in Utah could result in war? Utah enacted its ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 by amending its constitution. In December, a federal district court in Salt Lake ruled that the ban violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the United States […]

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Fire in the Jungle

 

One of the most memorable moments of my newspaper life was meeting an American GI named Glenn M. Shumway. He was a religious Christian and a conscientious objector to war who served as a medic with the First Air Cavalry in the military region of Vietnam known as III Corps. When I interviewed him for […]

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Mighty Mandate

 

For fans of blind justice few things are as exciting as the drama unfolding in the Second United States Circuit Court of Appeals in the case captioned as Floyd v. New York. It involves the policing practice known as stop-question-and-frisk. This strategy has been pursued by New York’s police commissioner, Raymond Kelly, to make New […]

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Conventional Thinking

 

POLITICS ‘HAVE REACHED civil war levels’…” was the headline on the Drudge Report the other day. It linked to a story in National Journal quoting Sen. Tom Harkin as saying, “We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history.” It quoted Sen. Ted Cruz likening the Republican moderates to the appeasers at […]

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Conventional Thinking

 

POLITICS ‘HAVE REACHED civil war levels’…” was the headline on the Drudge Report the other day. It linked to a story in National Journal quoting Sen. Tom Harkin as saying, “We are at one of the most dangerous points in our history.” It quoted Sen. Ted Cruz likening the Republican moderates to the appeasers at […]

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