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Declaration of Independence

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

On the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination, JFK's Message Is More Important Now Than Ever

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We were once a country that wasn't scared to do the big things, weren't we?

In Times of Tyranny, Democracy Is Liberty's Friend

Robin Koerner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Whereas in normal times, individual liberty protects the citizen against the tyrannies of both Democracy and the State, when the State becomes sufficiently tyrannical, democracy fights on liberty's side.

Freedom From Unauthorized Intrusion

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.

A Jeffersonian Approach to Innovation: Blending Science, the Arts, and Cultural Understanding in the Information Age

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

The sheer range and depth of Jefferson's intellectual pursuits also distinguish him as one of America's most accomplished innovators. How did Jefferson innovate, and what can today's leaders do to apply his brand of ingenuity in the Information Age?

How Would America's Founding Fathers React to Syria?

Craig Considine | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Arguably, by intervening in Syria's civil war, President Obama is ignoring Washington's advice and repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration in aggressively invading foreign countries that pose little threat to the direct security of American citizens.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Dream in Progress

Lauri Lyons | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

MLK's most daring acts of faith were his strategical acts of nonviolence. His stance to fight physical power with soul power, was and still is, a radical choice of weapons.

Coming Out of the Closet for Happiness

Valerie Alexander | Posted 10.27.2013 | Good News
Valerie Alexander

I was afraid that fact might cost me book sales. I was afraid that people who cling to the belief that they have the right to define the marriages of total strangers might not buy my little happiness book if they knew where I stood on the issue.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

As the nation celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, many are discussing what Dr. King would say to the nation and world today and tell us to do. But his message to us today is as clear as it was fifty years ago if only we could hear, heed, and follow his warnings about what we need to do to make America America.

Freedom From Fear, Redux

Jim Moore | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is almost nothing to which a person aspires that can be gained without compromise. The American people do not need to be made afraid of contrariness, or impassioned dissent, or of cooperation. That is a fear that will surely scuttle our democracy from within.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part IV

Helen Davey | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Helen Davey

I think now of the many times I have enjoyed walking along Battery Park, never realizing this was where my grandfather -- "Father John," as he came to be known -- first set foot on this continent. He was 27 years old.

Why Men Must 'Lean In' to Support Women's Leadership

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Guys, let's help get more women into public office. Okay, this is about fairness, and getting better government everywhere. I feel that we should tr...

Atheists Overstep in Demanding Lincoln 'God' Quotation Removed From U.S. Passports

Salvador Litvak | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Salvador Litvak

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State demanding that the following inspirational quotations...

Snowden-Inspired Lessons From an Icelandic Hot Spring

Janis Powers | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Janis Powers

Two weeks ago, I waded into the opalescent azure water of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Iceland. This outdoor hot spring, about the size of two fo...

Fostering Civic Virtue

Terry Newell | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

In his Farewell Address, George Washington announced that he would leave the presidency after two terms. He spent the opening paragraphs justifying hi...

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

The Cancer of Racism Thrives in America

Chris Williams | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

For every person in this society to begin receiving a fair shake, each one of us has to become proactive in fighting on the side of right and not on the side of privilege.

Thomas Jefferson and Our Ancestral Tabbed Browser

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Thomas Jefferson would no doubt have delighted in trying out my Mac and been eager to set up for himself a personal email address, illustrative and concise, in the same way he crafted his own epitaph, text bytes first carved into stone.

Apocalypse Now: Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Tim Arnold

Shooting deaths are on the rise again, after a low point in 2000, and are projected to exceed automobile deaths by 2015. Why? Because our same government refuses to take any meaningful action toward any kind of gun controls that would easily fall within our constitutional framework.

Washington Watch: Week 23 - "The Greatest"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

This past week we celebrated the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Yes...our issues are many, and our Congress is in gridlock, an...

LOOK: 4th Of July Fireworks Celebrations

AP | JAKE PEARSON | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- From solemn to spectacular, the nation marked its independence with the reopening of the Statue of Liberty for the first time since Supers...

The American Dream

Dustin Farivar | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Dustin Farivar

We all have stories to be proud of. But we often forget, our stories are not competitive or comparative; rather, they are what hold us together. The more I am a part of the American Dream, the more convinced I am that it is alive and well.

Progressive Patriotism: Taking Pride in America's Never-Ending Climb to More Equality and Prosperity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Troy Campbell

The United States was not perfect when it began, and it is still far from perfect today. However, if one constantly writes off America because of its failings in the past or present, then one misses the general point: America was born a nation to perpetually move forward.

The Moral Matters

Christopher Holshek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are a rarity in the world in that they identify themselves not by human categorization but by an idea forged 237 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. A state of mind as much as a state of being is what enables the United States to be the premier nation of nations.

This Independence Day, Let's Celebrate Our Dependence on One Another

Brian Levin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Brian Levin

Just as American independence required Georgia and New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina to join forces to win the Revolutionary War, we are each fundamentally dependent on one another in our own lives.