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Declaration of Independence

The 5 Other Brothers

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

As O'Malley smells the coffee, he needs to make a deal. Not with the DNC, but with Bernie Sanders, and Lincoln Chafee, and Jim Webb, and Joe Biden; to rent out some space, issue some press credentials.

The New 'Why' That Will Restore America to Greatness

Christine Horner | Posted 07.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Christine Horner

This country is going through an identity crisis. Perhaps the whole world is. This isn't the identity crisis of gender, race, or sexuality that is c...

The Bar Exam Is Brutal, But the Founding Fathers Can Help

Leah Plunkett | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Leah Plunkett

Bar exam takers face much more complex questions regarding legal subjects from assault, bankruptcy and commercial transactions, all the way through to zoning -- and everything in between -- all in a tight time limit.

That All Men and Women Are Created Equal

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, on July 19-20, 1848, over three hundred men and women gathered at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York for the first Women's Rights Convention. There in a small industrial town on a branch of the Erie Canal in upstate New York, began a fight that would last for 72 years.

True Independence Is an Inside Job

Erin Sharaf | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Sharaf

I invite you to pause and look more closely at the different choices you make in your life, both big and small. Are there areas where you have given up some of your power? Where are you being influenced and is it serving you?

Yes, Washington: Accepting American Exceptionalism

John K. Herr | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

Alas! how dreary would be the world if America were not exceptional. It would be as dreary as if there were no Washingtons. There would be no torch of liberty, no shining city on a hill, no Channing Tatum.

Independence Day -- But Not for the District of Columbia

Walter Smith | Posted 07.07.2015 | DC
Walter Smith

We've just enjoyed Independence Day in the nation's capital, a day when thousands of Americans came to the District of Columbia to celebrate the great freedoms claimed in the Declaration of Independence.

What If We'd Lost the American Revolution? Have We Lost It? If So, Can We Win It Again?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

We won the American Revolution, but we've lost it since then, in the sense that we're no longer building on the laurels of our original patriots but allowing their grand experiment in creating an unrivaled sort of open society to unravel on our watch.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.

The Impact Adversity in Your Childhood Home Has on Your Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Brian F. Martin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Our founding fathers believed everyone was "endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of h...

My New Declaration Of Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 07.05.2015 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

We need a new declaration of independence. FDR took a stab at this, with his "Four Freedoms." That's a good start. But now, eight decades later, we need to declare our independence from other forms of oppression.

Depth Before Dishonor

Barry Kibrick | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Barry Kibrick

The American Experiment itself is an idea as much as it is a national experience. It is an idea that transcends place and provides a baseline on the macro level for the ideology of a country, as well as on a micro level for the life of an individual.

Bosnia to US, From Refugees to Great Americans

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Early July still brings a bittersweet week for Bosnian-Americans. They are reminded by the Srebrenica genocide commemoration why so many had to flee Bosnia and Herzegovina and why they/we are so fortunate to have been welcomed in America.

11 Reasons to Love the USA On July 4th

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Abby Rodman, LICSW

We're not a perfect nation nor do we claim to be. We have much work to do on many fronts. But we're also a country that has demonstrated a willingness to grow and evolve to the benefit of our citizens. So, despite our difference let's celebrate and appreciate our Day of Freedoms.

Is Silicon Valley Charting the Future While All the World's Pols Play Small Ball?

William Bradley | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As we contemplate our present and future around the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, are we being myopic? Is our politics focused mainly on marginalia while real change, big change, is being prepped elsewhere?

How America 'Won' Its Independence 2 Years After July 4, 1776

John A. Tures | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

I'm sure several of you are shaking your heads, wondering if I got the title wrong. But while American political figures officially declared their independence on July 4, 1776, winning it was another matter. And that came on a hot day in June, instead of a cold day in December.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Honor Sachs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."

4 Elements for Expressing True Freedom

Lorna Bright | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lorna Bright

If you take a deeper look at The Declaration of Independence you will find a template for expressing freedom in your life, whether it's freedom in you...

The Founding Fathers Were (Mostly) All Entrepreneurs

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bill Murphy Jr.

There are some inspiring tales of self-made men within their midst. So as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, here's a breakdown of some of their stories.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

DUI Checkpoint Scheduled For July 4, 1776

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Comedy

Hear ye, hear ye! Designate a coachman!

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

Scalia's Gay Marriage Dissent Reveals a Bizarre Sense of Political Geography

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Did you know that California is not in the West and that the "real America" is the Old Confederacy?

Thank You, Thomas Jefferson, for Making Our Marriage Possible

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

In its ruling, the Supreme Court has finally granted access to Jefferson's promise from 239 years ago: the right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Reading the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution Should be Annual Events

Byron Williams | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Byron Williams

Everyone should be familiar with the unedited version of the Declaration of Independence for it illustrates the struggle the Founders had with the original sin of slavery.