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#1776Trump Would Make The Founding Fathers Proud To Be Long Dead

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.06.2016 | Comedy

Well, the 4th of July is over and the founding fathers are once again terrible people. Speaking of terrible people, Donald Trump could potentially hol...

The Fourth

Ann Medlock | Posted 07.05.2016 | Style
Ann Medlock

I've got the hamburgers and the sparklers. Washed my red white and blue T shirt. Everybody's got their assignments for the barbecue. And I find myself wondering--just what are we celebrating here?

Fourth Of July Musings

Sherman Yellen | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Let us use the 4th as a reminder to make a better America for all.

Hamilton, Torture and Freedom

Annie Sovcik, Esq. | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Annie Sovcik, Esq.

How would our Founding Fathers react to the inflammatory rhetoric we've heard lately calling on the United States to bar people from entering the U.S. based on their religion? To close the door to refugees?

God Bless The Religious Values Of The Declaration of Independence

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Let us celebrate the Declaration of Independence that brought America into being. And especially now, at a time when mockery, derision, scorn, and contempt dominate our public discourse, let all Americans affirm the central truth of the Declaration: We are all children of God and equal in God's sight.

Love of Country, Love of Education

L. Jay Lemons | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
L. Jay Lemons

David Brooks, writing eloquently in the New York Times, mused on the idea of big loves and little loves in a recent Memorial Day column. It resonated ...

What the Founding Fathers Really Meant When They Wrote the Second Amendment

Quora | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Quora

The Second Amendment was created so that the states could form militias or armies to destroy insurrections or slave rebellions because the federal government had no standing military for a long time.

Echoes From the Presidential Election of 1800

A. Roger Ekirch | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
A. Roger Ekirch

Our current presidential campaign, for all of its turbulence, has an equally discordant antecedent in the momentous election of 1800 pitting John Adams, the Federalist incumbent, against Thomas Jefferson, leader of the nascent Republican party.

Were Lewis and Clark Gay? About That Saturday Night Live Sketch...

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Thomas A. Foster

Members threatened to protest at their annual meeting, arguing that the national reputation of the explorers was at stake. Some called for the editor of the journal to resign and to offer a public apology "for publishing this foul and offensive article."

What Would George Washington Do?

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

What we observe today with Donald Trump as a nominee, and Mitch McConnell obstructing our Constitution by blocking Obama's candidate for the Supreme Court, is an echo of past times in which our country has seen the ugly side of ideological extremism.

Here's Proof George Washington Would Be Ashamed Of Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, probably wouldn't have gotten along with our Founding Fathers. This is especially obvious when you c...

Are Microsoft and Apple Defending Our Constitution?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember King George III? If not, thanks to Broadway, we can stream his tunes on the sublime "Hamilton" soundtrack for a little recall. Of course that...

The UnChristian Quest for a Christian America

Lee C. Camp | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

Some of the basic and elementary theological reasons the very notion of a "Christian America" is problematic (pat me on the back; I am restraining my language) include the following:

For Judicial Independence--and Against Elective Despotism: A Further Reply to Greg Weiner

Evan Bernick | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Greg Weiner has a problem with authority--judicial authority, that is. In an incisive (and often quite amusing) reply to my critique of his recent effort to distinguish between judicial deference to Congress (which he lauds) and judicial deference to executive agencies (which he condemns), Weiner makes plain that he regards the federal judiciary as an ever-present threat to representative democracy.

The Founding Fathers and Donald Trump: A Reply to Peter Wehner

Eoin Higgins | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

The founders, and especially Madison, intentionally devised an authoritarian system of government. And the only kind of demagogues they feared were the kind that came from the bottom up.

Making America Great Again: End Speculation on Public Measures

Bruce Fein | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Let's make America great again by following the genius of the Constitution, James Madison, and end the trillion dollar speculations on public measures...

Shun a President's Supreme Court Nominee? Alexander Hamilton Would Not Be Pleased

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

Alexander Hamilton, that visionary Founding Father and hip-hop phenomenon, thanks to Hamilton, the musical, has been celebrated of late on Broadway and at the Grammys. His face adorns the $10 bill. If only his thoughts about choosing Supreme Court justices were getting remotely as much respect from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, and most other GOP senators. We can discern from Hamilton's owns words what he probably would have thought of Senate Republicans' vow not to consider any Supreme Court nomination President Obama puts forward for Justice Antonin Scalia's successor. The best guess, based on the historical evidence, is that Hamilton and other of the Constitution's Framers would have been appalled by the confirmation antics of McConnell & Co.

Can Ordinary Citizens Be Trusted with Democracy?

Cody Cain | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

Today we think of democracy as a wonderful form of government. Back when this nation was founded, however, our founding fathers did not think this was such a hot idea.

American Voters Should Put an End to Political Dynasties

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

For some strange reason, many American citizens today seem to believe that because an individual may have come from a privileged background or a 'political' family, they should either have a right to attain elected office or will naturally do a better job than someone who isn't 'privileged' or part of a political dynasty.

Educating for Democracy: Weighing the Balance

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.20.2016 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

What we must face is the fact that the "American dream" is no longer a viable promise to our young people and that they, and the rest of us, must find a way to adjust to the new realities of a more frugal life for the overwhelming majority.

Scalia and Originalism: May They Rest in Peace

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

There is no basis for claiming that Scalia's originalist method is more "objective." His method relies on certain suppositions just as much as any rival method of constitutional interpretation and, if anything, the suppositions of the originalist view are more questionable.

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against LGBT Rights, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If one right-wing pundit is to be believed, one of America's Founding Fathers would have absolutely no interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen...

When Left and Right Meet

Mark Gerzon | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

National organizations ranging from No Labels to the National Institute for Civic Discourse, as well as grassroots organizations like Public Conversations Project and Living Room Conversations, are working boldly on this frontier where Left and Right find common ground.

The Founders Trusted the People, Not Religious Tests

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

One of the great innovations our founding fathers built into our Constitution was a ban on religious tests. They had seen too much. They knew history too well. They would not have their government controlled by any one religion.