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American Values

If You Were Dying, Would Anybody Help?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Who is responsible for this "values cliff" and how do we get back on track to a shared expectation of decency, responsibility and citizenship that we all can say is the real America of our traditions, aspirations, hopes and dreams?

America's Values Cliff More Troubling Than the Fiscal Cliff

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

Long before the financial meltdown of 2008, there was a values meltdown in the United States. Most people could sense this but by the time it caught up with us, it was too late.

Healthy Values Protect Your Kids From the Media's Unhealthy Messages

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

You can't just sit back and play defense when it comes to values. Popular media is just too powerful and omnipresent. You need to take your values directly to your children.

2012 Election Even More Hopeful

Brian Hardwick | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Brian Hardwick

Ultimately with his reelection, I'm more hopeful about the future of our country than I have ever been.

Borrow From Paul to Not Pay Peter

Rob Cipriano | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Rob Cipriano

The U.S. of the last century is long, long gone, and we, as a people and culture have, for the most part, abandoned our regard for other people.

America's Global Revenge

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.14.2012 | Home
Dr. Jim Taylor

The fact is that the world loves what America represents: freedom, wealth, popular culture, and materialism. Most of the world wants what we have. And, by gosh, we're going to give it to them, the good, bad, and the ugly, whether they like it or not.

Analyzing Latino Perspectives On Hard Work and The American Dream

Andrew Speyer | Posted 08.14.2012 | Latino Voices
Andrew Speyer

55% of Latino immigrants say they came to this country primarily for economic reasons; logic suggests that people with this motivation are going to embrace the effort required to improve their economic situation.

Americans Overwhelmingly Negative About Country's Moral Values

Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion

Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey revealed that Americans are overwhelmingly negative about the future of moral values in the United States wi...

America's 'Crazed Egalitarian Slide'

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

There used to be a time when we reached for the moon -- in our nation, in ourselves, and in our expectations of others. Then something happened along the way.

Sex, Saints, Yogurt and World Peace: Bemoaning the Loss of Decorum

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.27.2012 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

Whether with baseball and steroids, basketball and greed, or football and "pay-to-injure," the stakes and competition of sports have outpaced classiness, noble intentions and decorum.

Confessions of a Racial Profiler

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

A political science professor at Kent State University once told me that the history of our democracy is as much defined by who has been excluded as it is by who is included. Why do we exclude?

Amanda Terkel

Asian-American Super PAC Launches To Hit Back Against Controversial Ad | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new super PAC has formed to support allies of the Asian Pacific Islander community after GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra aired a co...

Self-Reliance Becomes a Movement

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.10.2012 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

The things we are fighting for and believe in are not fueled by politics, nor are they vulnerable to political rhetoric. They are the things that will make this country stronger.

The Overextended Toddler

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 03.24.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Is the primary job of a parent to give our kids every possible opportunity to prove themselves tiny geniuses (the American model), or is it our job to make them self-sufficient and confident citizens (the more European model)? I'm not sure that we can do both at the same time.

Compassionate Capitalism: America's Easy Button?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

To have a useful debate about America's economy, we need to be able to freely discuss these issues without being branded as unpatriotic or disloyal to our nation or any political party.

Lowe's: 'Let's Build A Prejudiced America?'

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

The world's second-largest hardware chain, Lowe's, proudly displays the slogan "Let's Build Something Together." However, the company's recent actions suggest this togetherness might not include Muslim-Americans.

A Chinese Century? Not Quite

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Tom Doctoroff

China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.

Europe, United States Hold Fundamentally Different Visions For Society

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

More than an ocean divides the United States and Western Europe. Americans are significantly less supportive of a social safety net than Western ...

Icons R Us: Me, You and Joe Paterno

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.16.2012 | Sports
Stuart Muszynski

The fall of college football icon Joe Paterno continues to be America's most-watched story. Why does the chronicle of yet another fallen hero resonate with us? What does this say about the pulse of America?

Two Worlds Of Whites: How Voters Feel About Today's Diversity

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

On the day after Barack Obama's sweeping victory in 2008, veteran Democratic pollster Stanley B. Greenberg described the modern Democratic coalition a...

Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party: Is There a Bridge Over America's Troubled Waters?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

As we debate our nation's future, only our shared values can take us where we want to go. They have helped us to thrive as a nation, end slavery, improve civil liberties, cultivate the American Dream and become the envy of the world.

The "Un-Economy"

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The current global economy is in fact an "un-economy": it's unfair, unsustainable, unstable, and is making many people unhappy. Opportunity is a lost hope for many, as social mobility in America is now less than in Western Europe.

U.S. Status and Recovery Can't Be Hostage

Riane Eisler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Riane Eisler

In the last few weeks something amazing happened: the U.S. economy and its international credit rating were taken hostage by a Republican Party that has itself been high-jacked by extremists.

New Orleans: Ground Zero in the Cultural War

Brian Ross | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Founding Fathers defined the boundaries of liberty and freedom. New Orleans lives them. The birthplace of jazz. The true birthplace of Rock-and-Ro...

The Strengths and Weaknesses of American Exceptionalism

David Coates | Posted 06.29.2011 | Politics
David Coates

The link between economic growth and inequality is something that conservative politicians push at us all the time. Unfortunately for the Right, the relationship between values, prosperity and power is not quite as they would have it.