As we gather with friends and family with a grateful toast to our servicemembers who defend our freedoms this 4th of July 2013, we celebrate our most sacred freedom -- the civic sacrament of voting.
Americans are a rarity in the world in that they identify themselves not by human categorization but by an idea forged 237 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. A state of mind as much as a state of being is what enables the United States to be the premier nation of nations.
Just as American independence required Georgia and New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina to join forces to win the Revolutionary War, we are each fundamentally dependent on one another in our own lives.
On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.
On this Fourth of July, it is the basic realization that rolling up your sleeves and being a part of your political community, rather than grasping at a fuzzy picture of a cowboy alone on a plain, is the true display of virtue.
Financial freedom, the ability to easily choose to invest in green products and services, and deny your dollars to old school, last century, cronyism business, is the next great revolution. And, financial literacy is the key that unlocks the prison door.
As I've gotten older I've tried to reflect less on the festivities and more on the true meaning of Independence Day and all that it represents. In anticipation of this year's holiday, my mission was to learn more about the ongoing needs of those who have made and kept America free -- our veterans.
Hopefully you're well into a fun, relaxing 4th of July. But if, like many of us, you just can't put down that smartphone or tablet, have no fear: ther...
As we celebrate Independence Day, it is important to remember that the health care law gives you independence to choose a plan that meets your needs in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
But as long as there are celebrities, there will be celebrity meltdowns. As long as there are celebrity endorsements, there will be celebrity missteps.
While it seems that the majority of America celebrates the past and the present, as African-Americans we celebrate the future. We have to. It's been our interminable optimism that has gotten us through the perpetual suffering and sadness that is our American history.
This Independence Day, I'm suggesting a call to arms for everyone suffering needlessly through bad relationships.
What do I love about America? I especially love our best national values: freedom, opportunity, community, justice, human rights, and equality under the law for all of our citizens of every race, creed, culture, and gender, not just for the rich and powerful. In particular, I love our tradition and history of democracy, its steady expansion here, and how it has inspired the same all over the world. We take legitimate pride in seeing how our founding documents have been the models for many new nations. What I don't love is when my country violates its values and ideals and behaves badly. I don't love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire.
Military brats were drafted at birth -- they had no choice about whether or not they wanted to live a military lifestyle. And they, like their warrior fathers and mothers, have paid an enormous price to protect the freedoms and privileges that most of us take for granted.
Last week, the Supreme Court participated in one of the most egregious forms of judicial activism in our country's history by striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
This year I dedicate my Independence Day blog to Pete Earley and Professor Elyn Saks, who, like our forefathers are leaders for a movement to search for truth and justice for the rights of every citizen.