I am pleased to pass along to Somewhat Reasonable readers news of the launch of a new blog, Executive Branch Review. Hosted by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, Executive Branch Review seeks to prompt a national debate about (a) whether Federal executive branch activity has increased in recent years and (b) if so, with what consequences.
Because the Federalist Society does not take positions – it seeks simply to stimulate discussion and debate among politically aware and concerned citizens – the blog posts themselves will be relatively neutral in tone, merely citing federal activities that some may see as overreach and teeing them up for discussion and debate. The discussion itself will take place in the comments section of the blog, and that’s where Somewhat Reasonable readers come in.
Because I believe that public policy issues are too important to leave to just professional politicians, I ask my readers to do two things:
- Please go to the blog now (http://www.executivebranchproject.com/), bookmark the page, check back regularly, and offer comments on blog posts as you see fit. Feel free to be as brief or as extended as you wish, but please respect the rules of the forum: don’t be overly strident in nature; avoid abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening, or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, and offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups. Please also don’t try to post any electioneering or lobbying communications within the meaning of applicable federal or state law, as this is not a political website – it’s about public policy.
- Please forward the link ( http://www.executivebranchproject.com/) to anyone you know – left, right, or center – who wants to understand more about how our American government actually works in practice today and who wants to contribute to discussing the appropriate use of executive branch power.
Thank you in advance for your help. As I said, I believe that issues such the ones this blog will highlight are too important to leave to professional politicians, so please be professional, please be reasoned, and please say something as time permits and the spirit moves you. If the American experiment in self-government is going to work much longer, it needs intelligent and thoughtful participation from people like you and the people you know.