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A Reflection of Memorial Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I find it unacceptable when one's patriotism and one's love of country is called into question when one advocates for peaceful means of conflict resolution, for it is also an act of patriotism to work to keep our brave and courageous troops out of harm's way, and to work to create conditions and understanding that ultimately make war less likely.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

Tom Weis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

If you've watched the Democratic debates (I feel your pain if you've suffered through the rancor of the Republican ones), you've probably noticed something else about Bernie Sanders: he's tough, but he's not a gutter fighter.

Toxic Roots of Oregon Building Takeover

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

The re-imprisonment scheduled for Monday of two rural Oregon ranchers on arson charges was the catalyst, but not the cause of the armed takeover of federal property by anti-government protestors that began on Saturday.

My War on Terror

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

We Americans usually reserve the more kindly word "patriot" for ourselves and use "nationalist" to diss other people who exhibit special feeling for their country. In the extreme, it's "superpatriot" for us and "ultranationalist" for them.

Civil Dissonance

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Lisa Longo

I've been thinking a lot about the world we've created. And I've come to the conclusion that it makes absolutely no sense. None. Not even a little.

The End of Shared Sacrifice Set in Stone: Yale As Metaphor

Paul Gunther | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

It behooves Americans not only to pause and consider their war dead, even if just doing so by pondering the anonymous tale of a single lapidary name, but also to think about a contemporary society where the whole concept of such binding sacrifice is equally dead.

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.

We Must Move Beyond the 'Patriot' vs. 'Traitor' Debate Around Edward Snowden

Davey D | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Davey D

It's interesting to see how some have foolishly engaged in a debate about why Snowden has not "come home to face the music." What does that mean? he should come home and go to jail? Are we romanticizing and putting nobility on being locked up? Really?

Do You Have What It Takes To Pass The U.S. Citizenship Test?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

Make your 7th grade social studies teacher proud. Or sad.

Is President Obama Jealous of Edward Snowden?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

"I was going to do it, really I was." This is the essence of President Obama's remarks last week when he announced an overhaul of NSA procedures and ...

Twelve True Patriots for July 4

Bill Quigley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Here are a dozen of the thousands who are courageously resisting illegal and unjust government actions. They risk their freedom to challenge the state for freedom and truth and justice. They are the true patriots.

Time to Renew September 11th Patriotism

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

We may be safer from external threats, but there's a dangerous internal weakness fostered by a lack of nationalism 11 years later that threatens our future more than Islamic fundamentalists in Asia and Africa.

I Am Gay... And An American

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I am a passionate, progressive, pro-choice, artistic, forward-thinking, optimistic yet sometimes sarcastic, spirit-seeking, showtune-singing, equality-supporting, Mary-Chapin-Carpenter-loving gay dad. And I am an American.

Two Ways to Give Back This Memorial Day

Mark C. Thompson | Posted 07.27.2012 | Impact
Mark C. Thompson

Both of my parents passed away in the month of May over a decade ago, making every Memorial Day particularly poignant for me. So my first suggestion is simply one of gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for in the men and women who have had the courage to serve our nation.

The True Patriot

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I interpret a true Patriot as one who, indeed, loves her or his country, but also one who sees the way things are, and one who works for change to make things better.

John Steinbeck, Michael Moore, and the Burgeoning Role of Planetary Patriotism

Thomas Steinbeck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Steinbeck

The Steinbeck Award points to examples of American patriots who have made an indelible impact on our culture. Mr. Moore aptly fulfills every required parameter designed to guide the choice of award recipients.

Everwood's Gregory Smith Heads to ABC's Rookie Blue Premiering Thursday

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tamar Abrams

For someone who didn't attend college, Gregory Smith is intellectually agile and has an amazing command of language. It's not so much that he uses big words as the fact that he uses rich ones. He's almost lyrical.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

Talking Sex, Money, Politics and Tennessee Williams at Lit Festival

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival speakers touched on everything from Jesse James to the Tea Party Patriots. Here are moments from my first day at the festival.

The F Word: Looking Closer at Joseph Stack

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

By all means hold those who praise Stack to account, and call out media hypocrisy and double standards. But before you dismiss him as simply a crazy, read his manifesto.


Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

A flat tax is regressive, adversely affects the poorest the worst, and rejects the notion that those who are most able should contribute more to the perpetuation of an equitable and just society.

Denver - Your Protestors Should Be Greeted With Flowers!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

At the very core of patriotism is the desire to preserve and enhance democracy. For true patriots - those who take their love of nation beyond the c...

How I didn't end up being a criminal

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

The imagery on the cover of the New Yorker represents the quality of conversation on race and religion in this country: mixed messages, nothing decoded.