Articles By: Evelyn Baker Lang

A Time for Silence

President Obama should not speak in support of the Iranians protesting the recent presidential elections.  In fact, no US official, in power or out of it, should publicly support them. First, it’s redundant.  Is there any doubt that anyone in Iran (much less, the world) knows whose side the Americans...
June 18th, 2009 | Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Rights Reason & Religion, RML, Social Justice | Read More

An Exciting Day for the Judicial Branch

This morning dawned with the Obama administration’s announcement of his nominee for Justice Souter’s replacement.  The well-managed leaks from the West Wing made sure Sonia Sotomayor’s name was already familiar in the press, but commentators have found plenty to discuss on air anyway.  It seems...
May 27th, 2009 | Domestic Policy, Family Issues, Grand Schemes and Government, Rights Reason & Religion, RML | Read More

Souter! Souter!

This blog is founded upon the principal that two political opponents can come to the truth through intelligent (though heated!) conversation.  We founded that idea on an episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” in which President Bartlett appoints both Evelyn Baker Lang and Christopher...
April 30th, 2009 | RML | Read More

Tea and let them eat cake

Happy Tax Day, all! Whether you’ve chosen to observe the day by dutifully filing your taxes, sending in an actual paper check to the government through the US Postal Service (how delightful antiquated of you!), or held a tea party to protest government infringement of your liberty, we wish you...
April 15th, 2009 | It's the Economy Stupid, Polls | Read More

Calling on Mulready

I’ve posted my response to the Honorable Justice Mulready’s question ‘What is the right to life?’, and we’ve had a lively debate in the comments on the post.  I’d love to hear more of your thoughts (and debate Mulready a bit more!), but I’m also interested in...
March 22nd, 2009 | Rights Reason & Religion | Read More

Above my pay grade

Yes, the title is a cheap joke.  But I’m in the midst of submitting grades for the quarter, maintaining props for a major theatre production, and writing a thesis for my graduate degree, so I’m in need of some frivolity.  And I am, as a historian, merely a social scientist, living in a...
March 14th, 2009 | Rights Reason & Religion | Read More

Take It From Lincoln

My esteemed colleague has posited the question of all questions: what is the purpose of government?  Nothing like a nice, light inquiry to start things here, eh? I take the basic premise of my answer from the Gettysburg Address.  It seems to be a safe bet, to start.  After all, slap our 16th president’s...
February 26th, 2009 | Grand Schemes and Government | Read More