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E Pluribus Unum

America The Good

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. - Alexis de Tocqueville I want to believe we are ...

E Pluribus Service

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.23.2016 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

A few days after the death of five of his officers, Dallas police chief David Brown challenged civilians there to "be a part of the solution" and "serve your community."

Meanwhile, Back in 1776...

Paola K Amaras | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Paola K Amaras

Everyone likes to invoke our Founders so much lately, so I'm invoking Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary, philosopher, political theorist, and activist. Much of what he wrote has particular relevance today in this toxic election season.

The Dream of Reconciliation in the Time of Anger

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.07.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Something there is about us that loves a bridge. If you've ever seen the Golden Gate or the Brooklyn or any other of the world's great bridges, recall how your heart leapt up at the sight of one these majestic wonders, the thrill--perhaps fear--as you crossed the span.

Identity and the Future of America

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are more worried and anxious about the future than ever. Sure, every generation seems to think, for one reason or another, that the place is going to hell in a hand basket. This time, it appears to be a unique convergence of a number of things.

Finally, an Anti-Contraception Ruling I (Sort of) Support

Herb Silverman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

I can't understand why so many people who oppose abortion also oppose making contraceptives available to reduce the number of abortions. So why am I cautiously optimistic about the recent ruling by Federal Judge Richard J. Leon in favor of the anti-choice organization.

The Confederate Flag and the Oneness of Humanity - A Baha'i View

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I had not considered a flag as another structure of present-day society, until I saw the united outcry spurring its downfall, and I thank all those courageous souls who helped me understand that the structures that need to change to support our collective coming together come in all forms.

Alabama, Islam and the Founding Fathers' Belief in Religious Tolerance

Craig Considine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion
Craig Considine

Recent comments made by the Chief Justice of Alabama shows that much work needs to be done in educating some of America's most powerful figures on the...

The Whole of National Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Democratizing service and sacrifice would revitalize the meaning of citizenship, regenerate the civil-military relationship, and introduce an inclusiveness to help us find a more common basis of strength in our dangerously divided nation.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

Former Equinox Chef To Open His Own Place In Georgetown

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 01.17.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Former Equinox sous chef Phillip Blane is striking out on his own, with his wife opening a new eatery Unum in Georgetown at 2917 M St. N...

Choosing Faith Over Freedom

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Government sponsorship of religion runs afoul of the First Amendment and should be strongly rejected by our legislature and our judicial system.

In Congress We Do Not Trust: More Bipartisan Insanity

Annabel Park | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Annabel Park

I had promised myself that my next blog post would be about my experience of the Citizens Intervention rally at the US Capitol. But, I came across thi...

Obama Mocks Congress For Vote

Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to move on the transportation funding portion of his jobs bill Wednesday, while simultaneously mocking them for...

E Pluribus Unum

Atiba Madyun | Posted 12.20.2011 | DC
Atiba Madyun

We have a purpose to make this the best nation in the world to live. We cannot do that if we discuss and address unemployment and education by factions and not as a country.

The Resolution For 'In God We Trust'

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not enough that "In God We Trust" appears on our currency and is listed as our national motto. Now, some want the phrase chiseled in court, at work and in our kids' schools.

On Health Care It's "E Pluribus" Without the "Unum"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The election of the first U.S. president of African descent has challenged a lot of people's self-identity. The loud, vicious, unruly behavior is a collective expression of white trepidation.