The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.
As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.
Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.
The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.
Dick Cheney occupies a historically unique position: He is an ex-VP who left office electorally undefeated and has not sought the Presidency. As a result, he retains some of the trappings of an undefeated elder statesman.
Jess Zimmerman is a junior at Butler University. Last year he wrote criticisms of Butler's administration in an anonymous blog. We now have the first case of a university suing a student over online free speech.
Hamilton arrived in 1773 and began his stunning ascent in a whirlwind, epic tale of crisis and opportunity, from unclaimed son to Founding Father. Doesn't New York set the greatest stage for this kind of story?
While many are criticizing the gross AIG taxpayer-funded bonuses of senior executives, the truth is that this kind of corruption is relatively small time -- even at $165 million -- and was predictable.
It's not the government's job to make stocks go up. It's their job to ensure stability and confidence to counter the fear and panic now so prevalent all over the world. Markets will find their own equilibrium when that happens.