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Making America Great Again: End Speculation on Public Measures

Bruce Fein | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Let's make America great again by following the genius of the Constitution, James Madison, and end the trillion dollar speculations on public measures...

Shun a President's Supreme Court Nominee? Alexander Hamilton Would Not Be Pleased

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

Alexander Hamilton, that visionary Founding Father and hip-hop phenomenon, thanks to Hamilton, the musical, has been celebrated of late on Broadway and at the Grammys. His face adorns the $10 bill. If only his thoughts about choosing Supreme Court justices were getting remotely as much respect from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, and most other GOP senators. We can discern from Hamilton's owns words what he probably would have thought of Senate Republicans' vow not to consider any Supreme Court nomination President Obama puts forward for Justice Antonin Scalia's successor. The best guess, based on the historical evidence, is that Hamilton and other of the Constitution's Framers would have been appalled by the confirmation antics of McConnell & Co.

Can Ordinary Citizens Be Trusted with Democracy?

Cody Cain | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

Today we think of democracy as a wonderful form of government. Back when this nation was founded, however, our founding fathers did not think this was such a hot idea.

American Voters Should Put an End to Political Dynasties

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

For some strange reason, many American citizens today seem to believe that because an individual may have come from a privileged background or a 'political' family, they should either have a right to attain elected office or will naturally do a better job than someone who isn't 'privileged' or part of a political dynasty.

Educating for Democracy: Weighing the Balance

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.19.2017 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

What we must face is the fact that the "American dream" is no longer a viable promise to our young people and that they, and the rest of us, must find a way to adjust to the new realities of a more frugal life for the overwhelming majority.

Scalia and Originalism: May They Rest in Peace

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

There is no basis for claiming that Scalia's originalist method is more "objective." His method relies on certain suppositions just as much as any rival method of constitutional interpretation and, if anything, the suppositions of the originalist view are more questionable.

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2017 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Thomas Jefferson 'Came Out Very Clearly' Against LGBT Rights, Pundit Claims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

If one right-wing pundit is to be believed, one of America's Founding Fathers would have absolutely no interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen...

When Left and Right Meet

Mark Gerzon | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Mark Gerzon

National organizations ranging from No Labels to the National Institute for Civic Discourse, as well as grassroots organizations like Public Conversations Project and Living Room Conversations, are working boldly on this frontier where Left and Right find common ground.

The Founders Trusted the People, Not Religious Tests

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.07.2017 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

One of the great innovations our founding fathers built into our Constitution was a ban on religious tests. They had seen too much. They knew history too well. They would not have their government controlled by any one religion.

Instead of Honoring Slaveholders, Slave Traders and Racists

Alan Singer | Posted 12.21.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

A campaign to honor the struggle to end slavery in the United States is an excellent social studies project to engage students as active citizens responding to racism and in shaping the future the United States.

Pagedale and the Rule of Law: Matthew Franck's Unoriginal Case Against Substantive Due Process

Evan Bernick | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Few doctrines have a worse reputation among conservatives than "substantive due process" -- the idea that the Constitution's guarantee of "due process of law" imposes inherent limits on the exercise of government power.

On Gun Violence: Uttering the Unutterable

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.03.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

What will it take for us to cease fighting insanity with insanity? How many more of our precious people of all ages will have their lives cut short under the banner of "freedom to bear arms"?

America as a "Christian Nation" Doesn't Ring Historically True

Craig Considine | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Craig Considine

Let us be clear in dealing with Ben Carson and other people on the Christian Right. The founders did not intend for the nation to be Christian.

Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I hold both extremes - the Holocaust deniers and the Holocaust revisionists - as offensive to the good people who were all taken from us far too soon. Let them rest in peace. Let the truth prevail.

A Democratic Economics Inspired by the Constitution: How to Make 2016 a Transformative Election

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The stars appear to be aligning for a major swing in American economic, social and political attitudes in the direction of progressive Democrats.

Speaking Freely of Guns

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

For now, we have an endless litany of tragedies to which we react with collective pathos and impotence, knowing for certain that we await the next. We have a bizarre double-standard, in which the First Amendment is spared the tortured literalism imposed upon the Second by those with ulterior motives.

Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

The Founding Fathers Would Deplore Donald Trump

Cody Cain | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

Mr. Trump is a giant megalomaniac who fails to articulate any coherent political policies, but instead generates popular support by appealing to less sophisticated people based upon nothing more than his bombastic personality and the superficiality of being a celebrity and super rich.

BDS: As American As Apple Pie

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.14.2016 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

In condemning the Palestinian BDS movement, Hillary Clinton places herself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of American history.

White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.05.2016 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

The Republicans Need to Debate Foreign Policy

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

After the hysteria stirred up by the Islamic State lopping off a few heads in a faraway land, including those of a very small number of Americans, Rep...

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

Leah Plunkett | Posted 07.22.2016 | 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 07.08.2016 | 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.