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Declaration of Independence

Part I: Sweet Apple Pie -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.02.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Each year on your birthday, I look back on our history. And while we have come from a humble beginning, I know we have a ways to go, before we achieve our founders' goal of being the United States of America.

An Open Letter to the Founding Fathers and Mothers

Janus Adams | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.

Don't Despair, America

Terry Newell | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

About to commemorate Independence Day, many Americans are feeling in a funk. Gridlocked in Congress, deep in debt, widely divergent on social issues,...

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

The Price of Safety Is Our Very Nation

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

If America had a choice, repeal the 4th Amendment or give up cellphones, that would be one dead amendment. Wait, it is.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most Americans know that the "right to happiness" was mentioned in a big way in the Declaration of Independence. Very few Americans, including me, rea...

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Abolish It and Replace It With What?

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Computers are made to work for us and do things we need done, and must be constantly updated to adjust to the constant stream of new data. But if you ...

Abolish It: It's Our Right

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

It's obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this current government doesn't give a damn about anyone who isn't buying influence in Wash...

Memo to Congress: Why the NRA's Absolutism Is Indefensible

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

As federal and state governments respond to growing outrage at the unrelenting gun violence destroying families and terrorizing communities, legislators cannot simply defer to the NRA's intransigence.

Meeting Medicare Again, for the First Time

Brian Kahn | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

I sat down at the computer with quiet anxiety. I've never warmed to the cold, iridescent screen, somehow removed from the flesh and blood life I have ...

Gun Control vs. Mind Control

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Both sides will trot out their heaviest weapons and we either will or will not get stricter gun control regulations. Whichever side wins, if this ends up being just about gun control, the public loses.

We the Forgetful People

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Despite what President Obama called a "centuries-long debate about the role of government," the Constitution clearly defines a duty to "promote the general welfare."

Obama Seeks More Social Tolerance, Economic Opportunity For All

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

The president wants more social tolerance and economic opportunity. One goal is more achievable than the other....

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.

More Prose Than Poetry in Obama's 2nd Inaugural Address

ProPublica | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
ProPublica

The president's calculation today seemed to be that the occasion presented a chance, perhaps a last chance, to recall the political system to what Lincoln, in his first inaugural address, called the "better angels of our nature."

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

Declaration of Interdependence

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

WE THE PEOPLE of the free and independent United States hereby declare our interconnectedness and responsibility for one another. Recognizing that we ...

Off the Fiscal Cliff and Into the Swamp With Thomas Jefferson

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's one thing to articulate an audacious new vision for an embryonic democracy, it's quite another for Jefferson and his colleagues to actually make it happen -- given the fiercely independent mindset of the original colonies.

LOOK: Rare Civil War Photos Revealed

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A collection of rare, well-preserved Civil War photos were revealed this week at a live auction in Nashua, New Hampshire. A total of 97 items, incl...

Jane Austen Weekly: Jane Austen Votes for President

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

On November 6, 2012, Jane Austen will vote for Barack Obama. With the specter of Mitt Romney as president, her ghost is nothing to fear.

Hope Dies Last: Why Hope Matters for Strategy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Even though the American economy is recovering -- albeit slowly -- these are still stressful and trying times. We need to move from that begrudging process of recovery to renewal in the belief in America and the American dream. How important is hope to that renewal?

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.