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Founding Fathers

The Bar Exam Is Brutal, But the Founding Fathers Can Help

Leah Plunkett | Posted 07.22.2015 | Education
Leah Plunkett

Bar exam takers face much more complex questions regarding legal subjects from assault, bankruptcy and commercial transactions, all the way through to zoning -- and everything in between -- all in a tight time limit.

America Is Not a Christian Nation

Robert Crawford | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Robert Crawford

We have not abandoned our Christian roots. We are simply slowly abandoning a general sense of religious culture as the norm, and this is a good thing.

Founding Fathers: NBA Free Agency and Independence Day

Warren K. Zola | Posted 07.06.2015 | Sports
Warren K. Zola

As we celebrate July 4th and our nation's independence, it's appropriate to also connect that celebration to the utter mayhem of this past week's NBA free agency. Individual rights, and the pursuit of happiness and freedom are defining hallmarks of our country.

Independence Day, Thomas Paine and Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Social Security is as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. This summer marks the eightieth anniversary of its enactment. To celebrate the birthday, let's do what past generations have done.

4 Elements for Expressing True Freedom

Lorna Bright | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lorna Bright

If you take a deeper look at The Declaration of Independence you will find a template for expressing freedom in your life, whether it's freedom in you...

The Founding Fathers Were (Mostly) All Entrepreneurs

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Bill Murphy Jr.

There are some inspiring tales of self-made men within their midst. So as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, here's a breakdown of some of their stories.

Our Founding Fathers: The Original Entrepreneurs

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we approach the celebration of the Fourth of July, I have been thinking a lot about the history of the United States and where we are today and what might help us move forward.

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

Judicial Co-Equality Is Not Judicial Supremacy: Why the Judiciary Has the Final Say in Constitutional Disputes

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

To say that the judiciary is duty-bound to say "what the law is" and should not simply rubber-stamp the actions of the other branches is not to say that the other branches have a duty to obey its decisions. But holding the contrary position would make the judiciary an inferior branch and risk creating an uncertain and dangerous state of affairs.

Our Rights Are 'Many and Infinite': Rand Paul's Revolutionary Idea

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

During his 10-and-a-half hour filibuster in opposition to the Patriot Act, Senator Paul boldly asserted that the Constitution protects individual rights not expressly listed in its text, including the "right to privacy." As Senator Paul put it, "Few and limited [are] the powers given to the government. But it's the opposite with your rights. Your rights are many and infinite."

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

The Case Against Political Dynasties in American Politics

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What does history teach us about the wisdom of going the 'easy' route and voting for candidates from political dynasties? Does being part of such a dynasty impart one with greater political wisdom or a higher level of achievement?

Throwing Away the Respect of Mankind

Ralf Michaels | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Ralf Michaels

The United States has done much, since its founding, to earn the decent respect of mankind that the founders felt the country needed. But in directly asking foreign countries to mistrust us, Republicans are, it seems, intentionally trying to throw away what remains of this respect. It is hard to see how this could be good for the country.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Professor: Who Needs Judges? Let's Put Our Constitutional Rights to a Vote

Evan Bernick | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

If we seek to restore the rule of law established by the Constitution, we need judges to consistently hold the political branches accountable to itv-- not leave our rights to be voted up or down.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Don't Forget Me

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

It's deeply reassuring when our president shows how he is paying attention. Remembering. And his numbers don't lie. Barack Obama continues to lead us away from the Great Republican Recession.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

Time for a New Declaration ... of Dependence?

Deane Waldman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The 1776 Declaration of Independence was much more than a Declaration of War. It was a powerful statement of what Americans wanted to be: a society of...

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

The Minimum Wage Shows Why (and How) We Should Vote Today

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In this age of do-nothing politics, it's easy to despair, but we must remember the intent behind the design. The same founding fathers who created a federal system that resists radical change also created a state system that encourages experimentation.

Separation of Church and State -- Part 2: The Tartuffe Factor

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

There was a second reason why the Founders feared that bringing religion into politics would have a divisive effect on our young nation -- the rise of political and religious opportunists, who would inflame political issues to further themselves.

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.