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Patriotism

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

WATCH: Woman Slurps Turkey Slice, Heals America

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 12.19.2014 | Weird News

There's a lot of bad things in the world today: North Korea being grumps, cold weather, The Colbert Report going off the air. It might seem like a nev...

Alena Hall

These Moms Are Helping Knit The World's Largest Christmas Stocking For The Best Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

When both Lori Kleppe and Sarah Greene received news that their husbands would not be returning home from their military service, they lost more than ...

Stay True, Starbucks

Bill Couzens | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

Concealing information from the general public does not empower but rather removes the freedom to make informed choices. We should all be concerned when corporations and government join forces to decide what they will share and not share with the public.

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

Paul Gunther | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Burn the American Flag! Or Not...

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Patriotism is a complex notion. Liberty and justice for all is a hollow slogan to the descendants of slavery, who are still disproportionately in literal or economic shackles, suffering from the ongoing repression of systemic racism.

New U.S. Motto: We Lead. That's How We Roll.

RB Bronson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

If you're at least 50 years old, it's hard hearing the news of our ever-growing involvement in the Middle East effort (Effort? Hell, let's call it what it is: a war.) to defeat ISIS, and not experience a very uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.

GOP Continues To Blow Off Rule About Not Criticizing The President During Wartime

Bob Cesca | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Criticizing the president during wartime is fine, as long as it's based on reality and facts. Hypocrisy, on the other hand, isn't fine. You either support the president, any president, in wartime or you don't. You can't have it both ways.

United We Stand Requires Actions, Not Just Words

Morgan Meneses-Sheets | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Morgan Meneses-Sheets

Flag waving is not patriotism. Questioning and demanding that we live up to our values -- that is patriotism. And that is what we must do.

Can You Wear a Tan Suit and Still Love Your Country?

Norman Lear | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Norman Lear

Those stout-hearted Americans who were so upset that their president discussed serious matters in a tan suit last week, had good and patriotic reason for their outbursts. But perhaps they didn't notice what would certainly have relieved them of their concern.

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

A Proud Russkiy Citizen or an Unpatriotic Traitor of Mother Russia?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

I refuse to be defined by my passport -- both literally and metaphorically. Surely there's more to an individual than his personal identification number and/or the color of his passport?

How American Independence Fosters Philanthropy

Carrie Rich | Posted 09.23.2014 | Good News
Carrie Rich

Does the U.S. have a stronger sense of independence than other countries? Could this sense of independence translate into acts of kindness and purpose?

The Fraudulence of the Republican Party, and the Adverse Shift in the Balance Between Good and Evil in America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

A patriot is someone who is willing to put aside selfish interests to serve the good of the nation. Today's Republican leaders have shown a willingness to do the very opposite: sacrificing America to gain advantage for themselves.

Irish Mutt Muses on What it Means to Be American

Katie Tandy | Posted 09.07.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

When I hear people talk about their family's history, their ethnicity -- mandalas, Celtic warblings, a dashiki, even a dish their old odd grandmother makes back in Ukraine -- I find myself longing for that kind of context.

Military Service Today

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

But three generations of relative prosperity have served to more than double that rate of inadequacy. The condition of so many of our young people offers a grim indictment of our public schools, a rebuke to parents, and a warning about the future of national security

Inverted 'Patriotism'

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Inversions occur when U.S. companies buy out usually smaller, foreign corporations and reincorporate in another country to avoid U.S. corporate taxes. For example, Walgreens, the uber-American drugstore with deep roots in Illinois, has begun the process of merging with a Swiss company.

The United States Isn't "the Best in the World," and I Couldn't Be Prouder

Katherine Stanley Obando | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Katherine Stanley Obando

When we drop that pretense, it is possible to see our country for what it is, and to better understand both the bad and the good.

How I Discovered My American Identity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.06.2014 | College
Troy Campbell

Many Americans never discover their American identity until they befriended non-Americans. I am one of those many. This is my story of patriotic discovery that began back when I wanted nothing to do with America and ended in the international corridor of my university.

Why Ideology Is Not the Only Way to Approach Political Discourse

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Morgenstern

Ideology is overly broad. It simplifies arguments, obscuring inconsistency of thought and differences between individuals. It provides security and community at the expense of this simplification.

Veterans of Foreign Wars: 'Doing Good Things'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

From what I hear, read and see, the VFW does a fine job at the national level. But, as with any large organization, many of the "good things" take place where the rubber hits the road, at the local Posts.

Why It's So Important To Pause And Take A Breath Together On The Fourth Of July

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann V. Klotz

Independence Day. Ideals. Parades and fireworks. Big ideas counterpointed against ceremony and celebration. On July 4, I suspend my worries about our country. I dive into nostalgia, grateful for immersion in traditions free of cynicism, free of the complexity of close analysis.

Unpatriotic U.S. Corporations Becoming Hot Political Issue That Unites Right And Left

Ralph Nader | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

The days when Big Business can have it both ways -- as an artificial, power-concentrating entity with special privileges and immunities, on the one hand, and all the constitutional human rights of real people on the other hand, are coming to an end.