Articles by Richard Samuelson

What Rashida Tlaib Could Learn from General Washington

My initial reaction to Israel’s revocation of a visa given to U.S. Representatives Rashida Talib (D-Minn.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was that it was an insult to the U.S. government. To reject or rescind a visa application from a private citizen is one thing, but to reject visa applications from duly elected representatives, whatever their […]

Calhoun U: “Safe Spaces,” Trigger Warnings, and Echoes of the Old South

  In his congressional career, John Quincy Adams famously fought the “gag rule.” The rule prohibited consideration of anti-slavery petitions by the House of Representatives. Any such petition, apparently, was an insult to the honor of Southern lawmakers—a “trigger,” as we might say in today’s lingo—so they tried to make the House a “safe space” […]