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Exceptional Nations Don't Need to Bluster

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Americans take pride in the idea and the reality of America as the exceptional nation, though that exceptionalism is variously defined. What was missing in the debate was a sense of the world as a changed place, with America no longer the sole super power.

New Republican 8-Point Platform to Balance the Budget & Create a Healthy America!

Nick Bassill | Posted 12.25.2012 | Comedy
Nick Bassill

Women should not be allowed to drive so that they do not pose a risk to the men drivers who are driving for a good reason, such as going to work, to the golf course or to meet their buddies for a beer or a trip to the local strip club.

America Is Awesome

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

America has problems that should be fixed, but the fact is that in much of the world -- including the war-torn country my parents come from -- people would kill to have our problems.

Romney and Obama Need to Turn Tonight's Debate Into a Conversation About Who we are as a Nation

Nomiki Konst | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Nomiki Konst

I am not issuing a call for American exceptionalism, but one for American content. If politicians used debates as an opportunity to have a conversation with voters and not as one to attack the other, perhaps we Americans would realize it ain't all bad...

5 Metaphors to Explain Romney's Tax Plan

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Dr. Faheem Younus

Where is the guy who pulled our car out of the ditch? Remember? In May of 2010 when President Obama encapsulated a ton of economic jargon for the ave...

Binders Full of Women!

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.22.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

I figured I would do my part for America and create a binder full of women for Mitt! It makes perfect sense that he would have these binders. In fact, he has 2 sets. One for hirin' the women and one for marryin' the women. Too bad most women in America don't seem to agree with me.

The Last Debate: The Final Installment of a Comic Book Trilogy

David Trumble | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
David Trumble

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The Rich Are Frequently Hated in Europe and for Good Reason

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Martin Varsavsky

What people in Europe want to see is a new crop of wealthy people who care about the world, and are willing to share their wealth beyond their immediate families.

Healing America's Political Divide

The Saturday Evening Post | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
The Saturday Evening Post

I love my sister; hate her politics. Where do we stand on the issues? Let's just say that one of us gets all our information from Fox News and the other one gets it from The New York Times.

We Can Not Fairly Evaluate Teachers Without First Evaluating Parents

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

You would think I would embrace an evaluation system that would ultimately lead to a merit-pay system that would reward me, and other successful teachers, for my success in the classroom... but I don't.

The Other America

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 12.11.2012 | World
Dominique de Villepin

It's a part of the world where I feel more at home than in any other, a continent I feel deeply rooted in. It's a part of the world that feels unjustly neglected and it's true: Who seems to care today? Who addresses this relationship in the campaign?

To an Athlete Lying Young

James Moore | Posted 12.11.2012 | Sports
James Moore

The Lance Armstrong story was as American as a Chevrolet commercial. Lance was the everyman icon for accomplishment and effort. He also appears to have cheated. And lied.

Beware Theater in Politics

Carla Seaquist | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Crucially, the president himself must become a critic. One flop may not an election make, but a second one? Can't happen. At the next rumble -- er, debate -- Mr. Obama must pull off Mr. Romney's many masks and expose his contradictions.

The Messy Majesty of America

Farai Chideya | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Farai Chideya

When we are in the throes of another election year, and we feel the need to retreat to our false sense of aloneness, let us remember we are part of a grand experiment. Compared to the cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa, the American admixture is still wet clay.

Why Muslims Hate America

Qasim Rashid | Posted 12.06.2012 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

Muslims do not hate America. Muslims in the East, like non-Muslim Americans in the West, both hate injustice. Peace is possible despite free speech differences--but only by joining together against injustice.

'Where Is America's Concern That We're Still At War?'

AP | ALLEN G. BREED | Posted 12.06.2012 | Politics

Lisa Freeman was cradling her 6-day-old grandson in her left arm and watching the news on her iPad while her daughter and son-in-law caught some much-...

Presidential Debate #1: You Snooze, You Lose

Susie Sampson | Posted 12.05.2012 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Mitt Romney pulled through! He was such a good Republican candidate...smilin' and lyin' like a Bush. I'm so excited I might have a drink. Wait, Jesus won't like that. I'll have grape juice.)

Two Passports: My Traveling Life

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.04.2012 | Travel
Andrew Lam

Two passports -- one new, the other old -- arrived in the mail the other day. The new, with its tough, blue covers and pristine, rigid pages that still resist my prying fingers is a stark contrast to the ink-stained, mud-smeared epic next to it, now punctured by the passport agency and rendered obsolete by the State Department.

Is America Ready for a President Who Has Never Been Drunk?

Will Newman | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
Will Newman

America makes a lot more sense if you are drunk. For example, why are birth rates the highest in states where the obesity rates are the highest? Until you have been drunk, and lonely, and get unlimited mass texting on your phone, you will never know the answer.

The Meticulous Political Dance of a Manic Media

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 11.26.2012 | Media
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

We are rounding the bend toward the last act in this season's power play of a presidential campaign.

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.