This seems the perfect moment to address one of the more wasteful American pastimes --burning gasoline in fresh water.
What we cannot do, what Douglass himself did not do as seen in the conclusion to his 1852 speech, is cede patriotism and an embrace of America to the right wing.
This week we celebrated the Fourth of July! A holiday we associate with fireworks, flags, picnics at the beach and our independence. So why was my first thought when I woke up on this day of frolic about teen girls in a juvenile detention center?
How people celebrate their birthdays tells us much about them. This is true not only of individuals, but even more so of countries. So, as we celebrate the 236th anniversary of our founding, it's an appropriate time to reflect.
The incredible courage of our founding fathers remains a wonder to those of us living today. But what matters even more is what they did the day after they took the vote in favor of the Declaration of Independence, and every day after.
Thomas Jefferson was serving as Secretary of State under George Washington when he became bothered by his reliance on unsecure messages and messengers. So he built the so-called "wheel cipher," which was sort of a mechanical Burn Note.
I am asking my country for a gift equal to the one my straight brother got when he was born, a bundle of rights and freedoms. Just make it plus one.
Though some of the president's critics lament the global murder of non-Americans, others believe that it could be America's most shining moment.
The fourth of July brings to mind fireworks, barbecue and, if you live in Ocean City, crowds.
On a day set aside to reflect on what our country means to us, we're calling on all Americans to think about what they can freely do to make our cities better. Let's ask not what our cities can do for us, but what we can do for our cities.
Our national independence has been secured for a long time, at least as long as I've been alive. During my lifetime, the real struggle in America has not been for national independence, but rather for personal independence.
Through these 117 years, informal tradition has been established at Wellesley College by changing "crown thy good with brotherhood" to "crown thy good with sisterhood."
Independence Day is upon us, and that means it's time to show love for our beloved America with a roundup of design details that prove why an "America the Beautiful"-inspired wedding makes for an unforgettable fete.
The right to vote defines our great nation as a democracy. This essential American right, that is often taken for granted, has evolved over years of struggle by many Americans.
Today is the Fourth of July and I am thinking about war. There will be barbeques. There will be parades. There will be fireworks. But I am a military wife, and today is the Fourth of July, and I am thinking about war.
This year, in addition to playing with sparklers, why not remind our kids of what we're celebrating?