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Declaration of Independence

No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Tell me, Governor Perry, when you talk about "prayer in school," do you mean all prayer? Would you object to Muslims pulling out prayer rugs and bowing to Mecca? Jews opening their Torah and chanting? A Native American prayer dance, a Sikh kirtan, or a New Age affirmation litany?

A Declaration for Independence

Al Checchi | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

We, the people, consistent with our nation's founding principles and in keeping with our sacred duties, in national association declare our independence from the politics of the two major political parties.

A New Declaration of Independence

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Occupy Wall Street indicates the need for a new Declaration of Independence and a new form of government.

PHOTOS: One Of America's Greatest Calligraphers Has Died

Posted 01.03.2012 | Books

A former art director at top advertising agency Young & Rubicam, Sam Fink was one of America's great calligraphers and illustrators. Born on May 2...

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

The Fourth Way

Al Checchi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

We need to develop a "Fourth Way," the American Way -- neither left, right, or bipartisan, but a non partisan common sense program for American civic renewal.

Today's Republicans Embrace Articles of Confederation (A Failed State), Not the Constitution

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It has been apparent from the beginning that most of the Tea Party people, who now have control of the Republican Party, never really understood the Constitution, and certainly not the context in which it was written.

The New American Revolution: Occupy Wall Street

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

To declare their independence in 1776, colonists had to let go of their belief the King would rescue them. To declare their independence in 2011, Americans have to let go of their belief that the present government will rescue them.

Huey Long Advises Occupy Wall Street: Need an Agenda? You Can Have Mine.

Rebecca Sive | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

In a national radio address on February 23, 1934, Huey Long unveiled his "Share Our Wealth" plan, a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation's wealth among the people.

British Lawyers: The Declaration Of Independence Is Illegal

Posted 12.20.2011 | World

Was America founded on illegal grounds? That's the argument advanced by a group of British lawyers who say the United States had no right to secede...

You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

10 Bizarre Facts You Didn't Know About The Signers Of The U.S. Constitution

Denise Kiernan | Posted 11.08.2011 | Books
Denise Kiernan

We've been obsessed with signers of all stripes for number of years now. The men of 1787 may have yearned to form a more perfect union, but they were far from perfect themselves.

Beyond 9/11: The Global Declaration of Interdependence

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Mark Goulston, M.D.

We can't get much done by ourselves and so we need to find a way to work together. United we may not succeed, given what humankind had done to the planet, but divided we will most certainly fail.

Time for the Afghans to Declare Independence

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghans must smash and rewrite the dangerous narrative that has so enslaved them over the years by looking to their past and reinstituting sacred tribal institutions to establish a sovereignty based on the true will of the Afghan people.

The Importance Of Social Trust

Brad Reid | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Modern mobility and increasing individualism inevitably make us strangers. Nevertheless, social trust is essential to a cohesive society.

The Obligations of Independence

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted with acknowledgement to "Please use your liberty to promote ours." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's National L...

True Celebration, July 4, 2011

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Equality of the soul has become the gold standard of social justice since the Declaration of Independence. It is not based on what is seen with the eyes, but what is understood by wisdom. That is is why it is actually wisdom that was being celebrated yesterday.

Once Again, a Time for Reflection

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The Declaration of Independence was a statement that we intend to run this place the way we want. The Constitution was the blueprint for how we're going to do it.

Independence Day, The Declaration Of Independence And Understanding American History

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Whether it is Sarah Palin's butchering of Paul Revere's role in the American Revolution, or Michele Bachmann's mangling of the facts to claim the Founding Fathers tried to abolish slavery, the Tea Party has shown a disdain for knowledge, facts and learning.

A Day to "Make News"

Adam Winkler | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The founders did not recognize the importance of gay marriage but that shouldn't prevent us from insisting upon marriage equality. The story of the unalienable rights identified by the founders is one of continual expansion.

The Damaging Three Words of the Declaration of Independence

Alison Owings | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Alison Owings

While Native Americans celebrate this 4th of July weekend, probably with hotdogs and fireworks, and possibly a powwow, I wonder whether we might all consider what that three word phrase wrought.

Freedom: What Do July 4th and Alice in Wonderland Have in Common?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
C. M. Rubin

July 4, 1862 is also known to many as Alice in Wonderland Day, the day that commemorates Lewis Carroll's first telling of the famous children's story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell.

A Declaration of Gay Independence

Tracy Baim | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Tracy Baim

We don't even need a new revolution to change the status quo on LGBT rights. Rather, what we need is a Declaration of Gay Independence to continue to push for equality and the will of most people to create a more fair and just society.

Why Do Women Run for Office? Because They Are All Feminists

Rebecca Sive | Posted 08.30.2011 | Women
Rebecca Sive

In this week when Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy; Sarah Palin didn't deny presidential ambitions; and Christine LaGarde became ...

Top Ten Deleted Phrases From the Declaration of Independence (SLIDESHOW)

James Napoli | Posted 08.29.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Every great piece of history-making writing has to have gone through a first draft, right? Here are the ten most notable highlights from the rejected Declaration material.