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American Values

What Is The Secret Of America's Success? -- The Good Americans

Neil Ghosh | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Neil Ghosh

In its recent survey of attitudes of government performance, the Pew Research Center posed a question to a wide swath of Americans: What is the secret of America's success as a nation?

Elbert Hubbard And John Davey: Shared American Values

Helen Davey | Posted 07.01.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Helen Davey

One of the most eloquent admirers of John Davey was Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915), a wildly popular and eccentric American writer, publisher, artist, and...

Remembering the Values Our Vets Fought For

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.01.2016 | Media
Stuart Muszynski

In 2009, while in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a video crew and I interviewed vets who had just returned from a deployment to Iraq. We asked several of them and their families what America stood for and what values they felt they fought for.

Have We Lost Our Sense Of Community: "Sunday Soul" Finds A Way Back

Lia Miller | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices
Lia Miller

Thinking beyond yourself, doing your part, getting involved and giving to others knowing that when you are in need, it will come back to you ... that is the essence of love.

We Choose Love!

Allen Vaysberg | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Allen Vaysberg

America the great, land of the free/Land that has welcomed the immigrant me/Country whose heart goes from ocean to ocean/People of openness and of devotion.

When Principled Leaders Ignore Principles, America Suffers

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

In the annals of history -- in our country and the world -- there are lots of examples of the majority doing wrong while leaders went along or did nothing. We are at this kind of moral crossroads in American politics.

Political Correctness Really Does Work -- in Politics, Marriage and Life

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

The bad rap that political correctness gets is because those who attack it really want to say anything they want to say, wherever they want to say it, no matter whom they offend and, in many cases, no matter how rude they are.

Refuting ISIS & Reaffirming America --Tis the Season to Help -- Not Trump -- Thy Neighbor

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 12.11.2015 | Impact
Douglas Kmiec

ISIS is busy "radicalizing" the mentally or socially challenged worldwide via the internet. One of its consistent themes is that the U.S. is in decli...

Three Things That Make America American

Margery Leveen Sher | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Margery Leveen Sher

Although calling ourselves "exceptional" kind of sticks in my craw because it smacks of a superiority complex, America is indeed different from other ...

GOP Terrorists Blow Up Statue of Liberty

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Robert S. McElvaine

While Mr. Trump and others say "We have to be strong," they call for cowardice and giving ISIS exactly what its crazed adherents want: Americans abandoning our basic principles fundamentally changing our way of life.

Let's Actually Live Our American Values

Maggie Neilson | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Maggie Neilson

I genuinely believe that human beings wake up each morning wanting to be good people, to do the right thing. Some of us even have lofty - maybe even cliché - aspirations of leaving the world a better place than we found it. Which is why it is baffling to witness U.S. leaders callously turn away refugees.

My Head Tells Me to Fear the Refugees, My Heart Tells Me to Love Them

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

A friend told me the other day that her daughter cancelled her flight to come home for Thanksgiving because she feared another Paris-like attack in this country. She's driving, instead.

A 1950s Superman Poster Says What We All Need To Hear About American Values Right Now

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

With leading presidential candidates floating the idea of a database to track Muslims, media moguls lobbying to bar people of certain religions from e...

This Has Been a Bad Week for Team America

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Taylor Dibbert

Xenophobic thinking is a cancer on American society and inimical to global peace and stability. While we'll never completely eradicate this sort bigotry, it's imperative that we turn things around -- and soon.

Americans Aren't Sure Anything In America Works Anymore

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

Here's a brief, non-exhaustive list of things that a new poll says Americans don't have much faith in: the government, businesses, the economy, the po...

The Religious and Gay Marriage Can Co-exist Within America's Shared Values

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Stuart Muszynski

I practice my religion to the fullest within the protections of the freedoms of our country. But, where I differ with those who would deprive gay Americans of their personal and religious freedom - including the right of marriage - is that my belief or practice does not impinge on the rights of others.

Does the Ashley Madison Hack Spell the End for Monogamous Marriage?

Meredith Masony | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
Meredith Masony

I am concerned that is will mark the end of the institution of marriage as we know it. And to think that right wing politicians and religious evangelists wanted to blame gay marriage for the destruction of traditional American values. Traditional American values in small town USA did that all on their own.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2016 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

The Economics of Morality

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

The question ultimately is why America's moral standards seem to have fallen so far. Drug and alcohol abuse remains widespread. The two-parent nuclear family seems to be quickly disappearing.

America Has Lost Its Soul

Tim Arnold | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Are we the nation that will follow the lead of the peaceful protesters, reconsider our values and trumpet a new civil-rights era? Will newly-empowered Republicans support such a thing?

Let Bill Maher Speak -- Islam Supports Free Speech

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom of speech is an exceptional American value, indeed, that is what separates us from the rest of the world. I urge the University not to ban free speech, let Bill Maher speak, and let students bring Reza Aslan or myself to speak against Bill Maher's non-sense talk.

#1 Many Liberals Don't Like the Idea of Battle, But the Alternative in America Today is Much Worse

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In America right now there's a battle that needs to be fought and won in our political arena. It's a battle over what kind of country, and what kind of planet, our children and grandchildren will live in.

Celebrating Nosy Neighbors

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.03.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

As America becomes a country plagued by community violence, mass shootings, school shootings and missing children, we must also become a country of nosy neighbors. Vigilance works. It's really up to us.

Marriage and Happiness: David Blankenhorn Interviews Charles Murray

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Can Charles Murray help us be happy? Curmudgeon, yes. Conservative, yes. Happy? As Andy Kline succinctly writes: It is widely agreed, by friend a...

Is the Marriage Gap Driving Inequality? David Blankenhorn Interviews Lawrence Mead

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Marriage has become a profound, if paradoxical, bell weather of our culture; for 21st century Americans it seems that marriage is at the same time both indispensable and disposable, acclaimed by all and unachievable by a majority. Discerning why this is so requires honest and patient conversation.