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Off the Fiscal Cliff and Into the Swamp With Thomas Jefferson

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's one thing to articulate an audacious new vision for an embryonic democracy, it's quite another for Jefferson and his colleagues to actually make it happen -- given the fiercely independent mindset of the original colonies.

A False Dichotomy

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

There are a lot of good criticisms that can be made regarding the need to overhaul a sclerotic public sector, but starting such discussions with the assumption that one can neatly divide the populace between makers and takers is rank nonsense.

The World We Never Knew

Steve Garcia | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steve Garcia

Alexander Hamilton warned about the dangers of "unreasonable religion." Conservatives are attempting to recreate a world that never existed. They insist that the United States is a Christian nation with no room for secular thought or other religions.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Romney to Half of Us: Not My Job to Worry About You

Sandy Goodman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

The donors were, of course, the same kind of folks that a tuxedoed George W. Bush described at a fancy dinner a dozen years ago as: "The haves and the have-mores," adding congenially: "Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

On Manufacturing, Ryan is Following the Wrong Founding Father

Ro Khanna | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Ro Khanna

His ideas have formed the basis of the American economic system. The question is whether Congressman Paul Ryan is willing to embrace the role of government that Hamilton advocated?

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

History's Worst Twitter Scandals!

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Davis Schneiderman

Even if an errant-tweet is music to your scandal-hungry ears, you may have actually missed some of the most knock-down, bare-knuckled, ugly tweet wars in history.

Angela Merkel Is No Alexander Hamilton: The EU Crisis Isn't Over

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Be prepared for bad news from Europe for the rest of the year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being asked to represent her country, and Europe as a whole. She simply cannot do both.

Let There Be (Political) Climate Change, and Let It Begin With Me

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.29.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

After a week that saw the Attorney General charged with contempt of Congress, and an ample number of anti-Obamacare protesters showing their contempt ...

A New "American System"

Fred Bauer | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.

Constitution Check: Would an Elected Supreme Court Get More Respect?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Among scholars who want the U.S. Supreme Court changed, most want term limits, not elections. The reason seems obvious, given the politics of the day.

Mother America Always Loved Manufacturing Most

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's illogical, even unpatriotic to use tax dollars to subsidize companies that send jobs overseas, transferring America's manufacturing power to foreign countries like China.

Pitchers, Catchers... and Signers Report: a Founding Fathers Baseball Dream Team

Michael Simzak | Posted 04.23.2012 | Sports
Michael Simzak

If the framers of the Constitution were a baseball team, who would they be and what position would they play?

Calling Wealthy Democrats

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Citizens United destroys the American notion of citizenship by creating separate and unequal classes of Americans. It creates a de facto American House of Lords, in which all other Americans are relegated to second-class citizenship.

Where Is Hamilton When Europe Needs Him?

James Bacchus | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business
James Bacchus

The fundamental problem is that for all their summiting, for all their meticulous planning, and for all their considerable progress together for more than half a century, there is still no one country called "Europe."

The American Spring

Ronald Ricker | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Ronald Ricker

Somewhere, sometime, accelerating rapidly recently, we Americans have lost it--the American Dream. We were the land of opportunity, the land of equa...

America's First Political Sex Scandal: The Reynolds/Hamilton Affair

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In the summer of 1791, Alexander Hamilton was the target of what a modern-day espionage novel would call a "honey trap," set by a blonde 23-year-old named Maria Reynolds.

Alexander Hamilton Home Reopens In NYC After Move

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.19.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The former home of founding father Alexander Hamilton has reopened to the public after a four-year rehabilitation that saw the two-centur...

The Constitution We Nearly Had

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

Imagine a very different Constitution -- one where Congress could kill any state law, where a twenty-six member Senate controlled treaty-making with other nations, and where the president's veto was exercised jointly with the Supreme Court.

Is the Constitution Breaking Down Under Divided Government?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

If Madison could see the role that partisan factions played in Washington this summer, he might well have been sympathetic to the concerns of those observers who fret that his constitutional remedies might not be working so well when power is shared by two rival factions.

Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

Strauss-Kahn and the Age of Reputation

Steve Clemons | Posted 08.30.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

In today's fast-paced world, a reputation can be destroyed rapidly -- and if, as in the case of Strauss-Kahn it seems, the consequences of charges made actually precede the processing of those charges.

Simon Johnson: Europe Needs Trichet’s Unified Finance Ministry

Bloomberg | Simon Johnson | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank until October, last week floated two proposals aimed at dealing with Greece and related eu...