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Founding Fathers

Get Ready for Gridlock

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

Obama may find with the 112th Congress that executive branch-only action may be the only path open to advance anything more than token parts of his agenda.

The Tea Party Idea of Freedom Is Anything But

Jesse Larner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jesse Larner

"Freedom" means maximizing freedom, the possibility of controlling our own lives, for all. This may sometimes require restricting the freedom of the powerful to control others.

University Of Virginia Archivists Put Founding Fathers Papers Online

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

RICHMOND, Va. — History buffs will soon be able to explore the private thoughts and official writings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and...

Jill Lepore: Tea Party Time... and the Death of Compassion (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

There's more religion than politics in the 2010 Tea Party, Jill Lepore is saying. There's less of 1776 about it than of 1976 -- that dyspeptic post-Vietnam, post-Watergate bicentennial moment.

President Obama: Veto Yes; Pocket Veto, No!

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

The Constitution does not give presidents the option of choosing, or worse inventing, a veto method.

Atheist House Candidate Up Against Pillar of Prayer Caucus

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barrett Brown

There are probably a great many atheists and agnostics in Congress, and most of those keep their religious opinions secret; polls routinely show that atheists are mistrusted more than any other group.

Peace Is the New Frontier

Sean Carasso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sean Carasso

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Disguising Themselves as Indians Was an Act of Cowardice

Tim Giago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Giago

If the Tea Party wants to "spruce up its historical bona fides," its members should honor its real history by attending all of the Tea Party rallies dressed as American Indians and not as George Washington.

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

Birthright Citizenship Is Bedrock Americanism

Van Gosse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Van Gosse

When you hear that birthright citizenship is not part of the America conceived by the Founding Fathers, take a strong drink of skepticism.

Zuckerberg and the Ferengi?

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matthew Anderson

There were many reasons not to like Mark Zuckerberg. Harvard "privilege" is one. Youth and undeserved early success is another.

Stoned on Righteousness

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.

Throw the Bums In!

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

When the economy stinks, and CEOs are getting millions in bonuses for firing enough of you, and you can't toss GE's Jeffrey Immelt out on his ear, but...

The Power of Words

Yehuda Berg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yehuda Berg

Once we have the awareness that our words are what sets us apart from the animal kingdom, we might consider using them with greater consciousness and awareness.

Where Were You On September 11?

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I spend the day?" ...

When Government Fails: Grade F for Exchange Rates and Manufacturing

George T. Haley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George T. Haley

The social contract requires that the government provide the environment necessary for its citizens to achieve reasonable levels of Life, Liberty and Happiness. Right now, the American government is in breach of contract.

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

America's Folly

Matthew Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Matthew Anderson

Giving the reins of this nation's economy to the likes of Geithner and Bernanke is tantamount to giving the nation's highway system over exclusively to Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley owners.

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

Wikileaks Founding Fathers: Caveat Lector

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Weller

The GOP and Tea Party better look out. Wikileaks has gained access to classified documents written by the nation's founding fathers.

Bristol's Baby Daddy's Another Baby's Daddy!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

With Palin on the campaign trail once again, with self-righteous, morality-police guns ablaze, it's comic relief listening to her Tea Party drivel about family values and "taking back America" to the way our Founding Fathers would want it.

In Defense of "Big" Government

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Those who demonize the institution of government as inherently opposed to the people forget the truths laid down by our Founders. Government is not against the people: it is the people.

The Party of No Won't "Spoil" Americans

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

In time of high unemployment, Congress has traditionally extended the 26-week limit on unemployment benefits to as much as a year. Now, however, the GOP minority in the Senate is using the filibuster to block any such extension.

Do We Really Want "Mainstream" Leaders?

Elizabeth Bisbee Silber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Bisbee Silber

This is the time, I think, when we need visionaries more than ever. We need some leaders outside of the mainstream to save us from drowning in it.

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.