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Founding Fathers

Will the Real John Quincy Adams Please Stand Up?

R. B. Bernstein | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
R. B. Bernstein

Bachmann's inflated version of John Quincy Adams's antislavery record exemplifies how she and other Tea Party advocates remold the past into a founding-era-Disneyland version bolstering their political agenda.

Bachmann Announces Candidacy -- Explains Gaffes

Mark Steinberg | Posted 08.28.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

"I know that millions of reporters in this country and in Hawaii have claimed that I make a lot of factual mistakes. Well, here and now I want to look the American people right in the eye and give them the facts."

The Truth That Changed the World

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Lorna Bright

We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.

Michele Bachmann Flops On Founding Fathers

Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann was given an opportunity to set th...

Bachmann Divorces the Constitution

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Congresswoman Bachmann's ill-informed divorce from the Constitution disqualifies her as a presidential candidate. Nothing is as dangerous as constitutional ignorance in action.

Weiner 101: A History Lesson on Our Sexpot Founding Fathers

Maegan Carberry | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Maegan Carberry

After reading Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach's One Nation Under Sex, I'm pretty convinced Ben Franklin would definitely have had some racy social media exchanges if the technology were available to him.

Bachmann, Barton and Bull

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

While there are so many avenues to explore, Michele Bachmann's problem with teaching evolution dramatically shows how fast and loose she is willing to play with the facts.

Against Historical Fundamentalism: Jill Lepore on the Tea Party

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 08.06.2011 | Books
Feisal G. Mohamed

With Sarah Palin making headlines for a gaffe on Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, it seems an apt time to pick up Lepore's The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History.

What Would the Founding Fathers Say About the Debt Ceiling?

Patrick Sharma | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Members of the Tea Party movement have implied that any legislator who votes for an increase in the debt ceiling will be violating the spirit of the founding fathers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jason Cherkis

Tea Party's Favorite Historian Claims Expertise In Black History

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- David Barton, the Republican establishment’s favorite amateur historian, claims in tax records reviewed by HuffPost to be something of...

The Constitution and the Tea Party Part Company

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

If Tea Party Caucus Members wish to keep their constitutional escutcheons unsullied, they should not tarry in taking legislative action against unconstitutional presidential wars and unconstitutional unaudited military spending.

Parents: This Fall, Beware Tea Partiers Dressed Up as James Madison

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.13.2011 | Education
Doug Kendall

It is undoubtedly the case that all our kids could use a good civics lesson, but the modern day James Madisons from the Tea Party who are vying for access to our schools are peddling ideological snake oil, not real history.

A Time for American Exceptionalism

Krystal Ball | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Krystal Ball

Leaders on the far right have adopted the phrase American exceptionalism and use it in a jingoistic way to convince their base of the divine righteousness of their cause. The phrase should be reclaimed and brought back to its roots.

Jon Meacham: Allow U.S. Citizens Not Born In America To Run For President

PBS | Jon Meacham | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

Donald Trump made me do it. Those are not words I ever expected to say, but, as Margaret Thatcher once observed, it’s a funny old world. For severa...

Still Looking for Alexander

David O. Stewart | Posted 06.13.2011 | Entertainment
David O. Stewart

If good intentions and a lively imagination were all that counted, the documentary Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton would be a masterwork.

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton: A Strange Journey

Michael Pack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Pack

As we set out to make an historical documentary on Alexander Hamilton, our goal was to make a different kind of history film. We've all seen Ken Burns narrations or History Channel reenactments, so it's time for something new.

Governor Palin Viewing the Abyss and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

To question whether the government should fund these institutions is a legitimate issue. But to refer to the NEA and NEH as 'frivolous' institutions becomes a reflection on her wisdom and character.

Will The Jefferson Bible Spark New Smithsonian Controversy?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

The Smithsonian is about to get in hot water again. But partisans on either side of the debate would do well to consult the well worn book that Jefferson compiled by hand.

Freedom of Speech.

Mike Spicer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Spicer

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A Deal Made in Hell

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Rotondaro

The careful balance of institution versus institution that the founders created is under attack today. Corporate interests in conjunction with the Republican Patty are trying to destroy American unions.

The Danger of Democracy in the Middle East: Free Elections May Not Produce Freedom

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

That we have spent more on arming Middle Eastern nations than on helping their people learn the art of republican government may well come back to haunt us in the months ahead.

George Washington vs. Barack Obama: A Question of Character

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Smaldino

I still have a strange sense of hope for change, but it is not coming from Barack Obama. Rather it is coming from public rumblings that I'm beginning ...

The Founding Fathers Were Not Libertarians

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

While I strongly disagree with the modern libertarian movement, I understand why my government-averse friends believe the things they believe, as opposed to, say, my friends who are Yankee fans.

The Right to Bear Arms for National Defense. Wrong!

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Last fourth of July, while sitting in the living room of my historic farm house in Lenox, Massachusetts, which was built by Elijah Northrup in 1770 ...

We the People

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

We have lost our way and the Egyptian people in the streets of Cairo are shining a light for the world to see. If our President will not say it, then we must go to our proverbial rooftops and scream that freedom lives eternally.