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Founding Fathers

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 01.12.2016 | 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 01.07.2016 | 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 12.21.2015 | 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 12.14.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 10.29.2015 | 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.

Founding Fathers: NBA Free Agency and Independence Day

Warren K. Zola | Posted 07.06.2016 | Sports
Warren K. Zola

As we celebrate July 4th and our nation's independence, it's appropriate to also connect that celebration to the utter mayhem of this past week's NBA free agency. Individual rights, and the pursuit of happiness and freedom are defining hallmarks of our country.

Independence Day, Thomas Paine and Social Security

Nancy Altman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

Social Security is as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. This summer marks the eightieth anniversary of its enactment. To celebrate the birthday, let's do what past generations have done.

4 Elements for Expressing True Freedom

Lorna Bright | Posted 07.02.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lorna Bright

If you take a deeper look at The Declaration of Independence you will find a template for expressing freedom in your life, whether it's freedom in you...

The Founding Fathers Were (Mostly) All Entrepreneurs

Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
Bill Murphy Jr.

There are some inspiring tales of self-made men within their midst. So as we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, here's a breakdown of some of their stories.

Our Founding Fathers: The Original Entrepreneurs

Matthew Dowd | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

As we approach the celebration of the Fourth of July, I have been thinking a lot about the history of the United States and where we are today and what might help us move forward.

The Politics of the Fourth of July From Musical Theatre

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As we approach the celebration of America's 239th year of independence, Americans can learn about their revolutionary past from many sources, including an unexpected one: musical theatre.

Judicial Co-Equality Is Not Judicial Supremacy: Why the Judiciary Has the Final Say in Constitutional Disputes

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

To say that the judiciary is duty-bound to say "what the law is" and should not simply rubber-stamp the actions of the other branches is not to say that the other branches have a duty to obey its decisions. But holding the contrary position would make the judiciary an inferior branch and risk creating an uncertain and dangerous state of affairs.