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Give Democracy a Chance

Marianne Williamson | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

I hope that in the next chapter of American politics -- the one that begins the day after this next election -- the people of the United States will say where we want to go. And democracy, with all its grit and genuine glory, will have a chance.

Making People's Hopes Our Own

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Ambassador Stevens made the hopes of others his own as he tried to help them build a better country. That kind of global citizenship from an American public servant speaks volumes about who we truly are.

WATCH: Miroslav Volf: America

Travis Reed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Travis Reed

On the moralizing framework and the blissful innocence that is puzzling to many about America.

Emancipation Proclamation at 150

Chris Williams | Posted 11.24.2012 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

The time has arrived for racism to be openly and honestly discussed, denounced, and deposed of. If our country is to remain united, these unlawful injustices and practices must be addressed and policies must be enacted to curtail the centuries of damage already done.

Why Americans Care So Much About Hell

Kevin Miller | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Kevin Miller

I think the prevalence of hell in American language and culture represents the outworking of three concepts that have defined America since its inception: freedom, justice and truth.

Is Leadership a Dirty Word in America?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

It seems to me it's not that Americans don't value or exert leadership in the U.S.; it's just that they don't seem to like admitting to it. Not even the president.

Unconventional Times

Jacqueline Salit | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Jacqueline Salit

The American political parties persist, nonetheless, in offering their respective truths. For Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, a restoration of the prosperous America we once knew is just around the bend. Really?

Why Does the USA Insist on Doing Things Differently Than the Majority of Other Developed Nations?

Quora | Posted 11.16.2012 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Gary Teal, Republican America doesn't insist on doing anything differently. We just do whateve...

Petite Noir and South African Sounds

Gideon Resnick | Posted 11.12.2012 | Arts
Gideon Resnick

It's ironic to say the least that a musical genre incorporating anti-Apartheid messages derives its name from the language spoken by the oppressors. Nevertheless, Kwaito, which emerged in Johannesburg in the 1990s, is similar to house music with an incorporation of African sounds and samples.

Post 9/11, Is Coming to America Still Worth the Journey?

Andrew Lam | Posted 11.11.2012 | Impact
Andrew Lam

Not so long ago, who would have thought to ask such a question? Once, the American Dream, or rather, the dreaming of coming to America, was like a siren's call that caused the movement of millions.

Explaining 9/11 to Children

Leah Singer | Posted 11.11.2012 | Parents
Leah Singer

I read a Facebook post recently that said today's 5th and 6th graders have never known a pre-9/11 America. It's a sad reality that explaining that day is now a part of our parenting culture.


Natalie Thomas | Posted 11.11.2012 | Travel
Natalie Thomas

Eleven years later, it's as visceral as ever. The sound, the smell, the fear -- it'll never leave me. But what also won't is the overwhelming feeling of pride I had in my country following the attacks.

Courage Is Like Love: It Must Have Hope To Nourish It

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

To face the future with courage we must believe that we have the power, the resolve, the tolerance to contribute to a world that we and our children will want to live in.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #33, Embodiment of the American Dream

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Barack Obama is unquestionably the embodiment of the American Dream. He was a middle-class kid raised by a single mom from Kansas, with the help of a grandfather who fought in Patton's army and a Native American grandmother who served on a World War II bomber assembly line.

Say This and I'll Vote For You

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Robbie Vorhaus

On the morning of November 7, the day after the election, regardless who wins this race, we will work together to heal our divisions, inspire all Americans to join together, and despite any differences, as our founding fathers wrote, "form a more perfect union."

Paralympic Rower Oksana Masters Inspires New Sonnet Form

David Shook | Posted 09.05.2012 | Books
David Shook

Rapid Googling: radiated in the womb (Did someone make this up?), adopted from a Ukrainian orphanage by a single mother in Buffalo at age seven (Did I?), rowing partner with a Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan (Did Jerry Bruckheimer?).

Mendacity of Hope

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

The Republicans gained little momentum for their presidential ticket coming out of the GOP convention in Tampa last week. In fact, the most memorable moment of the convention was Clint Eastwood's chat with the "Invisible Man."

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #52, America Has Regained Its Global Prestige

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

Obama's efforts to strengthen alliances and international partnerships and to promote democracy, free trade, and the rule of law in a globally interconnected world have helped to rebuild international support for the United States and restore the American brand abroad.

Labor Day and the Future of America

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We must do more to insure that future Americans live in a country where their voices can be heard and their freedom is secure. This Labor Day, and throughout the crucial next two months, we must show that we are equal to the task.

What's a Patriot to Do?

Nancy Webb | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Nancy Webb

When Americans put their minds to it, and when our elected officials serve us the way they're supposed to, we can achieve remarkable things. So, I think I'll leave my flag flying a little longer. It will continue to remind me of what can be achieved when Americans work together.

The Iconic American Cowboy In New Light

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.28.2012 | Arts

For 22 years, Adam Jahiel has documented the cowboys of the Great Basin area in the western United States. It would be a lie to say that his photograp...

The Real American Exceptionalism

Daryl Rowland | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Daryl Rowland

Our exceptionalism is due to our ability to attract and process conflicting ideas that can yield innovation, and to do so in a more-or-less peaceful way.

Just Leaked: UK's Cable to Ecuador

Dinkar Jain | Posted 10.23.2012 | Comedy
Dinkar Jain

Dear Ecuador: We would like to admonish you for showing courage that is expected (only in principle) of a permanent member of the UN Security Council. We remain extremely concerned by your display of moral rectitude.

America Has a Good Story; But It's Not the One Politicians Tell

James Zogby | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

The American story is not about a country that was born great, but about a country struggling to become better. It is one infused with humility, a recognition of our failings and our continuing efforts to correct injustice and make change.

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.