To the delegates of countries nervous about Americans' expectations of ever-progressing democracy in the aftermath of last year's Arab Spring, President Obama was echoing, in so many words, what Washington declaimed when he called for respect for every religion.
The American Heraldry Society has worked itself into a lather about the claim that the Washington coat of arms inspired the Stars and Stripes. It argues that records on the design for the American flag don't support this belief.
As he neared his third and final retirement after 45 years of service, George Washington drafted the letter we know as his "Farewell Address," a letter from which Mitt Romney could take two important lessons.
Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.
To help those people who disagree with same-sex marriage and homosexuality solely for religious reasons, I have compiled a list of figures, both past and present, who are either taught or revered in American history but who are "sinful," according to the Bible.
hose people -- the confused ones -- come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, and political parties but for the sake of argument, and as a nod to the political climate of this GOP Convention week, let's focus on politicians, shall we?
In recent events, vigils and prayer meetings following, marking and responding to the horrific murders at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin there were many who beat the inter-religious/interfaith dialogue drum
Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.
At a time when domestic and global problems pose serious threats to the United States, the Republican Party has become the party not only of "less government", but of active hostility to the very idea of government itself.
The Supreme Court has ruled. But, in a democracy, citizens rule. We can do that by working with and through responsible elected officials who are committed to reclaiming America for the electorate rather than the elite.
Washington was correct in recognizing that the United States would soon become a melting pot. He might not have foreseen how quickly the country would evolve multi-culturally and multi-racially, nor approved of it, but he apparently understood that the "intermixture" was inevitable.
So as we celebrate another day off and think of fireworks, hot dogs, and all the rest, let's give some thought to how and why this country was founded. And consider how far we have to go in meeting challenges that would daunt even the best of the Founders.