Governing Magazine

The Increasingly Unruly State of the State of the Union

The Increasingly Unruly State of the State of the Union

Thanks to the increasingly commingled worlds of politics and popular entertainment, the State of the Union address has devolved into something that resembles an awards show or grand fund-raising gala, except with hecklers.
Transfer of Power: The Constitutional Crisis of 1801

Transfer of Power: The Constitutional Crisis of 1801

As a country, we don’t remember what happened 222 years ago, because we tend not to remember history. But also because that political storm “rolled harmlessly away.” Will we be as lucky?
How Do You Terminate a Constitution?

How Do You Terminate a Constitution?

Trump’s call for voiding the Constitution raises uncomfortable questions. How would it be done? Call a new Constitutional Convention, which requires two thirds of the states to agree—or attempt another coup d’état, like January 6th?
Who and What Are Carpetbaggers?

Who and What Are Carpetbaggers?

Born of opportunities created in the aftermath of the Civil War, modern day carpetbaggers are simply opportunistic — and voters no longer seem to care anymore about unrooted candidates.
Examining the Futility of Book Banning

Examining the Futility of Book Banning

Book banning is an illiberal idea that undermines a long and honorable tradition of making knowledge and ideas widely available, making people free to choose what to read for themselves.