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Ben Carson, Firearms and False Parallels to the Holocaust

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.13.2015 | 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.

The Founding Fathers Would Deplore Donald Trump

Cody Cain | Posted 09.14.2015 | 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.

Privilege By Gaslight

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Allowing ourselves to be gaslighted undermines everything from the evaluation of candidates to the functions of a county clerk to the safety of the public. We are at our best when we refuse to be stampeded into defending the privileged or scorning journalistic scrutiny or devaluing civil liberties.

Does America Have Too Much Democracy?

Terry Newell | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Americans think members of Congress are out of touch. But perhaps Congressional failures result from being too responsive. As a nation, we may suffer from too much, not too little, democracy.

Where Is Google Driving Us?

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Michael Rosenblum

This is the problem with turning society over to engineers. While they love efficiency, they are not great a uncertainty, failure or serendipity. And in many ways, those elements are the most interesting aspects of the texture of the human experience. And all of this is about to be lost.

The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

Orange County East Coast Style

Andrea Poe | Posted 05.20.2015 | Travel
Andrea Poe

Long before Andy Cohen ushered the ladies of the West Coast OC into our living rooms, another Orange County made a mark on America.

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

Are Newspapers on the Ropes?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

There is no question about it: most newspapers in the United States are on the ropes. They are not yet down and out, but they are close to that knockout blow. I know this, as most of you readers do, from personal experience.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

I'm With Stupid: How to Make Sure You're Buying a Christian Potato

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.29.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not sure what "Christian principles" the committee is referring to, but when it comes to the collected works and thoughts of Madison and Jefferson, I move that we go with the Bill of Rights over some nebulous, assumed principles. But that's just me.

James Madison's Warning to Rogue Police Departments

Benjamin A. Davis | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Benjamin A. Davis

It is about race. And wariness of bad police officers stretches throughout the entire African American community whether we talk about lawyers or stone cold thugs. We are united in knowing that we are targeted by some law enforcement because of race.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

Three Things You (And Judges) Need to Know About the Bill of Rights

Evan Bernick | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

This Monday, the Bill of Rights turned 223. It is an occasion for celebration and reflection. Celebration, because the Bill of Rights has proven a sturdy shield for protecting individual freedom. Reflection, because the Bill of Rights is often misunderstood, even by judges.

A Republic or a Democracy -- Let's Get This Straight

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Diane Dimond

From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.

Stampede to the Exit

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Thanks to a Tar Heel friend who alerted me to issue ads in the North Carolina senate race, I now know that "for six years the policies of Barack Obama and Kay Hagan have dominated Washington." Karl Rove's American Crossroads, you see, is touting Republican Thom Tillis.

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

Hobby Lobby Website Proudly Displays 'Jefferson' Quote (That Actually Came from Madison, and Completely Contradicts SCOTUS Ruling)

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

No, Hobby Lobby, that quote on your website is NOT from Thomas Jefferson! And, furthermore, the document it comes from -- which was written by James Madison -- is a list of some of the best arguments AGAINST that Supreme Court ruling that you and your fellow Christian supremacists are currently gloating about.

The Lincoln Myth: A Talk With Steve Berry

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Steve Berry is the international bestselling author of nine Cotton Malone historical thrillers and four stand-alone thriller novels. His books have been translated into forty languages. History--Steve's passion--lies at the heart of each one.

Dick Cheney Accuses Obama Of 'Ignoring The Law'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has never been shy with his criticism for President Barack Obama, and a Monday conversation with conservative radio ...

Lynne Cheney Urges Daughter To Run Again

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has recently been promoting her book on President James Madison, but she's also been touting ...

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

Government of the Rich, by the Rich and for the Rich: It's Time for 'Militant Nonviolent Resistance'

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We now live in a two-tiered system of governance. There are two sets of laws: one set for the government and its corporate allies, and another set for you and me.