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Trump Perverts American History Pushing Religious Power Grab

William Bradley | Posted 02.05.2017 | Home
William Bradley

As President Donald Trump continues his attempt to shock doctrine America with a flurry of executive orders, geopolitical posturings, sophomoric outbu...

A New Declaration

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Susan Deily-Swearingen

One week ago, I was marching through the streets of D.C. with a phalanx of fellow protesters. It was empowering to be surrounded by a mass of people a...

Clarence Thomas Should Be Trump's Model When Selecting Scalia's Replacement

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 01.30.2017 | Home
Scott D. Gerber

The late Antonin Scalia was almost universally regarded as a brilliant jurist who not only wrote more beautifully than any Supreme Court justice since...

America Is Suffering An Identity Crisis

Shayne Looper | Posted 01.17.2017 | Home
Shayne Looper

America is lost. She doesn't know where she is or in which direction she should be moving. There are people on the left, shouting to her to come their way and people on the right, doing the same.

Some Thoughts On Our First Trump Christmas

William Bradley | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
William Bradley

President-elect Donald J. Trump. Christmas 2016. Deal with it. Deck the halls. Nah, I'm not that harsh. Far from it. Though I do feel rather distant ...

Five Lucky People Who Struck Gold at a Flea Market

Vicky Law | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Vicky Law

We'd all like to believe that we are savvy shoppers. Maybe you pride yourself on your on your coupon collection. Or maybe you have a keen eye for find...

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Steve Nelson

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaeperni...

What Is Real Patriotism Anyway?

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 08.29.2016 | Home
Michael Cade Hughes

To me, true patriotism is to align oneself with the ideas this country was built upon.

Dare To Be 100: Tom Jefferson's Edit

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

The high point of our family July 4 every year is the reading of the Declaration of Independence by good friend Dave Ross. He reads the magnificent w...

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness: An American Muslim Perspective

Zainab Chaudry | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Zainab Chaudry

As we celebrate America's independence, we can best express our patriotism by uniting together in steadfast solidarity against bigotry and xenophobia. That is the first step to fulfilling the promises of the Declaration of Independence, safeguarding our Constitution, and preserving the founding ideals of our nation.

A Declaration Of Inclusion On Independence Day

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

In this spirit and for this great purpose, it's time for our nation's leaders to affirm the universal application of our democratic principles by denouncing the politics of exclusion and standing for inclusion.

The Surprising Facts Of Independence Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Joel Peterson

One seemingly mythic fact is surprisingly true: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day -- July 4th, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of Dunlop's dating and printing of The Declaration of Independence.

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Celebrate And Share Your Patriotism On July 4th

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.01.2016 | Home
Colonel David W. Sutherland

July Fourth celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a showcase for patriotism. But what does all of this really mean? Patrio...

Consequences Of Freedom

William E. White | Posted 06.30.2016 | Home
William E. White

With Independence Day looming, we hear a lot about "freedom." The holiday is our national celebration of freedom and the word echoes through our consciousness like no other. But this year, I hope we stop and really consider the meaning of freedom.

God Bless The Religious Values Of The Declaration of Independence

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Let us celebrate the Declaration of Independence that brought America into being. And especially now, at a time when mockery, derision, scorn, and contempt dominate our public discourse, let all Americans affirm the central truth of the Declaration: We are all children of God and equal in God's sight.

Understanding The Second Amendment: Why Yesterday's Rights About Guns And Militias Don't Make Sense Today

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.27.2016 | Home
Bernard Starr

The right of militias, which were made up of individuals in towns all over the thirteen colonies, to own guns makes a lot of sense when understood in historical context.

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

5 Essentials to Achieving Something More Than Happiness

Tor Constantino | Posted 04.26.2016 | Home
Tor Constantino

But contentment does require intentional choice and directed effort. Here are five steps that anyone can take toward that goal.

Are Microsoft and Apple Defending Our Constitution?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Home
Mark Weinstein

Remember King George III? If not, thanks to Broadway, we can stream his tunes on the sublime "Hamilton" soundtrack for a little recall. Of course that...

The Slippery Slope: It's Not Just the Unborn Being Denied Rights Under the Constitution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.05.2016 | Home
John W. Whitehead

"The unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights."--Hillary Clinton, Meet the Press (April 3, 2016) When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ...

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.28.2017 | Home
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

Justice Scalia, Queen Anne, and the Pragmatics of Interpretation

Harold Lloyd | Posted 02.18.2017 | Home
Harold Lloyd

Pragmatics recognizes that speaker meaning can differ from (and even contradict) linguistic meaning, including the literal meaning of text.

Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.09.2017 | Home
John W. Whitehead

Do we negotiate the Constitution, or do we embrace it, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, no matter how hateful or ugly it gets, and no matter how much we may dislike its flag-bearers?

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.13.2016 | Home
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.