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Founding Fathers

March on Washington for Jobs, Hope and Real Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time for the real heirs to Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to come Washington and answer the pretenders who do things in the name of the Founding Fathers that violate the ideals of the Founding Fathers.

Mediums and Their Political Messages

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

If Republican leaders begin to act more like public servants and less like non-thinking fundamentalist soldiers, we might begin to repair our political system. If not, their absolutism will plunge us into unspeakable economic darkness.

President Obama's Political Sepulcher

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.

Spirit Of Independence: Best Books On Founding Fathers (And A Few Mothers Too)

Posted 09.03.2011 | Books

Yes, we know the 4th of July is more about fireworks and picnics than the Revolutionary War, but we are, after all, celebrating American Independence....

The Episcopal Church In The Anglican Communion: Independent But Connected

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

Over two centuries ago, a revolution gave birth to a new nation and a new Church. But independence does not have to result in isolationism or ingratitude. Instead, we must find new ways to connect with and learn from one another.

No Mistake: Why Michele Bachmann Is Trying to Rewrite History

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

While Sarah Palin's eye-darting improvs fairly scream "I didn't do my homework," in all likelihood Bachmann did do her homework on the Founding Fathers. It's just that she's reading from a different text than most of us.

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.

America The Mystical: Oh Beautiful For Spacious Minds

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

The fastest growing category of American religion, particularly among young adults, is "spiritual but not religious." That the land of the free gave birth to such a designation makes perfect sense.

Were America's Founding Fathers Faithful?

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 08.31.2011 | Divorce

Every July 4th, we celebrate the values that define the quintessential American spirit: community, hard work, individualism, and freedom. These are th...

Traveling The Nicene Road

Rev. Jonathan Weyer | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jonathan Weyer

As I travel and think about my faith, I always try to strip down my basic beliefs. When I do, I keep coming back to the creed churches all over the world recite every Sunday.

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.