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Declaration of Independence

Gay Rights and the Natural Law Farce

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Yes Robert George, reason plays a role in deciding natural rights. But if we're going to use reason, let's use real reason, and not lean on our ivy-league credentials to pass off homophobia as genuine rationality.

"Happiness Is" Film Says Giving Is The Way To Contentment

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 2006, documentary filmmaker Andrew Shapter was on a tour promoting his first film, "Before the Music Dies" when someone asked him what he planned t...

The Declaration of Independence -- From Nuclear Weapons

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Crandell

I hold this truth to be self-evident, that no one should live under the threat of a nuclear attack. And yet, every day, many millions of people aroun...

How to Live Like an American: The Basics

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

I grew to understand that the same principles that worked so well in my psychiatry practice were the same principles taught by our founders and expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

Healthcare is an Unprincipled Non-System.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone knows that you cannot cure a sick anything -- patient or system - without a correct diagnosis. What is the diagnosis for sick, "broken" healthcare?

Iceland's Independent People: It's Time to Clean House

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Any doubts as to whether Iceland's elite has declared war on its people were dispelled this weekend.

The Declaration of Independence: Good Spin Plus High Principles

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

This was pure political spin. Scapegoat the king, obviously an easier target to demonize than the collective gentlemen of the House of Commons.

The Celebration of a Progressive Holiday

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives should take special pride in this holiday, for it was the ultimate achievement of progressive values that brought us this day.

Studio Notes on the Declaration of Independence

Spencer Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Focus groups show that only 66 percent of citizens hold these truths to be self-evident; 22 percent hold them to be rather ambiguous; 12 percent are undecided.

Celebrating Independence Day During Wartime

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

On the eve of our Grand Celebration of the extraordinary decree that declared us a free republic, we find ourselves chained to the wreckage of a brutally flawed casus belli.

Jefferson's Declaration, Slavery and Nazis in Paris

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

As the nation approaches its celebration of Independence and the ideals of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," it is crucial to remember that with those rights comes responsibility.

Scanning the Latest Blog Posts, 233 Years Ago

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Louise Mirrer

The American Revolution had its own bloggers. They were called pamphleteers and their opinions were pointed, their language was colorful, and their sense of urgency was compelling.

Declaration Of Independence, Rare Original Copy, Found In British National Archives

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America's Declaration of Independence _ just in time for th...

Jefferson, the American Mind and the Birth of America

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John W. Whitehead

In less than 200 words, Jefferson sums up with lucidity, logic and eloquence the argument for the American Revolution, the creation of a new political system and a universal philosophy for human rights

Independence Week Declaration 101: A "Forgotten Founder" Worth Knowing

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

One of the "Forgotten Founders" is James Wilson, whose contributions to the creation of the United States of America were obscured by his later disgrace.

Pursuing Happiness (Part 2) Declaration 101

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

"Inalienable" or "unalienable"? Jefferson's drafts shows he wrote "inalienable." The parchment and printed versions use "unalienable."

Pursuing Happiness: Surprising Facts About the Declaration

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

No, Taco Bell did not buy the rights to the Liberty Bell -- that was a very successful April Fools Day joke. (Yes, they got me.)

Newt Gingrich Misuses, Not Just Misquotes, the Declaration of Independence

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Media Matters, and then Olbermann, missed Newt's real agenda that is the same as it has always been: to use lies, misstatements and sophistry to mislead the American people.

Open Letter to Tony Perkins

Norman Lear | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Lear

I was initially delighted to see that you had joined so many other American Christians in responding to the Born Again American campaign. But it's now clear that you have misunderstood the campaign.

Iraq - A History Lesson

Jeff Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Johnson

The Kurds have been victims of oppression for two millennium. We must protect the Kurds because Iraq is a giant legacy project for our country, whether we like it or not

Seeking Happiness? Try Pursuing Purpose

Anne Dunev | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dunev

It appears we contemporary Americans may have switched the interpretation of "pursuit of happiness" to "pursuit of pleasure."

Could You Be A Born Again American?

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Before you answer that question, read on. Then watch the video and come back and tell us what you think. I hadn't heard about this until last Saturd...

Our Shared Inheritance

Robert D. Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert D. Patterson

On this chilly January day I yearned for the warmth of July 4th, the warmth that comes from knowing you belong in the land your ancestors toiled upon as slaves, and died for in wars.

We Hold Which Truths to be Self-Evident?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Whittle

Though all men were declared equal in 1776, a terrible political compromise meant people of certain racial heritages were not considered full men.

Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Meaning

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

The introduction to the Declaration of Independence contains the following words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created e...