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Founding Fathers

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

The Politicization of a Founding Father

William Hyland Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hyland Jr.

Although the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings rumor survives, no reasonable, sensible person hearing all the evidence, not just rank speculation, has ever declared his or her belief in it.

Christian Nation

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

In both theological and foundational American texts, slaves are A-OK. Those six-packs of tube socks may not always be $2 if we don't learn how to compete globally, the Christian way.

School History Standards' Battle Moves to Congress

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

Reading, science and math are important, but No Child Left Behind standards must include history and social studies standards. If it isn't improved, knowledgeable citizens who can pull a voting lever and know what they're doing are going to become extinct.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

Glenn Beck Riffs on my HuffPost Article

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

I'd like to point out to Glenn Beck and his Republican friends that there are indeed such things as empirical historical facts that are not "spun" or manipulated by historians although they sound quite "liberal" when acknowledged.

Conservative Leader Tony Perkins Is Right: Donate to People, Not Political Committees

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

The Founding Fathers never intended for corporations of any ilk (S, 501-C, LLC, etc.) to have the same rights as individuals.

Political Violence is Not an American Value

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

How have we reached the point where violence is promoted as an acceptable response to democratically-enacted legislation? The truth is that political developments over the past three decades have made such violence tragically inevitable.

Our Media Are "Post-Reason," and We Dutifully Follow

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

The web only promotes the democratic impulse if you limit the definition of "democratic" to mere participation. If you mean the ideals of democratic governance, you could not be more wrong.

The True Nature of Our Political Crisis: A Response to David Brooks

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The real belief of Adam Smith and the Founders was that free markets without government oversight were impossible, since powerful private players would rig the markets and cheat the less powerful.

Why Ethnic Studies is Good For All Americans, Including White Folks

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a proverb that says, "Until the lion tells his own story of being hunted, history will always glorify the hunter." This, in essence, is the r...

The Commander-In-Chief Test: Failed?

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

Contrary to popular belief, and recent Executive custom, the Constitution conveys only three powers to the President of the United States that are entirely his and not subject to review or reversal.

Jon Stewart Author Interview: 'Revolutionaries' Author Jack Rakove On Our Founding Fathers (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Rakove was on 'The Daily Show' last night to talk about his new book, "Revolutionaries," and the remarkable story o...

Texas Conservatives Seek Deeper Stamp On Textbooks

nytimes.com | James C. McKinley Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Texas school board is holding hearings on changes to its social studies curriculum that would portray conservatives in a more positive light, emph...

'Flight From Monticello': Writing a Fresh Take on Thomas Jefferson's Darkest Days

Michael Kranish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Kranish

Five years after writing the Declaration of Independence that helped set the revolutionary war in motion, Jefferson was forced to flee Richmond when it was occupied by Arnold and his men.

Homeopathy And The Christian Nation

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

I say there are two factors that contribute to a good blog. First, good writing; second, you have to annoy somebody. I promise to do at least one of...

5 Reasons The Founding Fathers Were Kind Of Dicks

cracked.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

It's easy to say the modern teabaggers are assholes. The modern teabaggers are assholes. See? We didn't even break a sweat. But as it turns out, th...

The New Republicans and The Intellectual Divide

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

While the 2008 election season highlighted almost every competitive demographic split that exists in American society, the most glaring was the schism in intellect, which continues to widen today.

Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

Our children should know of Native Americans who established democracy long before they saw the first Europeans and founders who got drunk and laid on their way to writing the Constitution.

McChesney and Nichols: $30-billion to save journalism

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Robert McChesney and John Nichols are grappling with the question: what would Thomas Jefferson do about the death of the American newspaper? Better, ...

Early Draft of the Constitution found in Phila.

Philly.com | Inquirer Staff Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After finding the draft, "I felt like an actor in the movie National Treasure, but [actor] Nicolas Cage was nowhere to be found," Toler added. "How...

Today in History: George Washington and John Adams

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Adams famously described his position as "the most insignificant office," but this may have been due less to the job itself, and more to what it was like working under Washington.

"The Genius Of America" Should Be In Every Classroom

Zanesville TimesRecorder.com | Nat Hentoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Consider," [Lynne Cheney] wrote then, "how little history is required of our students. Once it was taught every year kindergarten through 12th grade;...

Grateful For America

Grant Cardone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grant Cardone

While the world spends so much time complaining about what is wrong I am reminded at this time to focus on what I have to be grateful for: All those ...