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The State of our Democracy

Byron Williams | Posted 10.16.2016 | Politics
Byron Williams

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." -- George Bernard Shaw I often refer to Shaw's quote because I fi...

Patriotism Over Partisanship

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 10.03.2016 | Politics
Robert S. McElvaine

The nominee of one of our major parties poses a mortal threat to everything America at its best has been and is. American values and our very democracy are at stake in this year's election.

African Americans and the American Flag

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.26.2016 | HuffPost Home
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

n spite of the fact that America has not been good or fair to black people, African Americans have always remained loyal to this nation. African Americans have fought to show their love for America and to hopefully "earn" their way to full citizenship.

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaeperni...

All Republican Patriots Must Choose: Party or Principle

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This piece is running in newspapers in my conservative congressional district in Virginia (VA-06). ******* Winston Churchill said: "Some men change ...

Some Perspective On Kaepernick In The Wake Of Terence Crutcher

Kyle Battle | Posted 09.21.2016 | Black Voices
Kyle Battle

Being an Ivy League graduate millennial that grew up poor, you can imagine the span of reactions in my Facebook feed as racial conversations have floo...

This Weird Trick Set Me Free, Could It Work For You?

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 09.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Gleb Tsipursky

Caption: Woman wearing veil (image credit) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers pe...

Conservatives Views On Colin Kaepernick Are Insulting

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Talking on the Fox News program Outnumbered this week, Bill O'Reilly claimed that Colin Kaepernick "doesn't understand the big picture of his country". O'Reilly then goes on to prove that he, himself, doesn't understand the big picture of this country for non-white Americans.

Colin Kaepernick, 9/11 And Patriotism

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

Colin Kaepernick and his fellow NFL players have assumed one posture of patriotism. Like so many Americans before them, they seek to make a more perfect union. This doesn't mean that I have to like what they have done. But I should listen, I should be open-minded, I should engage.

The Patriotic Act of Kneeling

Leslie Herod | Posted 09.14.2016 | Sports
Leslie Herod

Broncos season officially kicked off in Denver with the NFL season opener this past week. In a fight to the finish, our Broncos defeated the Carolina ...

Unbridled Testosterone Driving World Leaders

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

As people express their respect for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the adjective that comes up repeatedly is that he is "tough." People like his "tough" words, his "tough" promises of how things will be if he is elected, including his building a wall between the southern border of the United States and Mexico that the Mexican government will pay for.

Edward Snowden: Time To Come Home

Mark Weinstein | Posted 09.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Weinstein

We need Snowden in America - for many good reasons. For those who see him as an enemy, we have always been taught to keep our enemies close to us and there is no logic to be found in forcing him into unsavory hands far from home.

How The National Anthem Continues To Unite The United States Each And Every School Year

Mia Toschi | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Mia Toschi

Four years ago, I created the National Anthem Sing-Along with a dream that all students would understand the feeling of being "united" as a country, as we were in the days, weeks, and months after September 11, 2001.

My Country: How Do I Right The Wrongs?

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Trump supports forms of patriotism like saluting the flag and standing for the national anthem, but unlike so many Americans he has not risked anything to protect our country.

Why These Soldiers and Veterans Are Standing (and Sitting) With Colin Kaepernick

Quora | Posted 09.02.2016 | Impact

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Kaepernick's a Patriot and His Critics Are Way Off Base

Ken Reed | Posted 08.29.2016 | Sports
Ken Reed

Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand up for the playing of the national anthem is more courageous and patriotic than anything 99% of his critics h...

What Is Real Patriotism Anyway?

Michael Cade Hughes | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Michael Cade Hughes

To me, true patriotism is to align oneself with the ideas this country was built upon.

With China's Surprise Volleyball Win in Rio, Coach Lang Ping Becomes National Hero

AsiaToday | Posted 08.22.2016 | World

By Hong Soon-do, Beijing correspondent, AsiaToday - There were quite many dramatic moments at the Rio Olympics which concluded on Monday. And the vict...

The Olympics Chased The Bogeyman Away

Anasie Tayyen | Posted 08.19.2016 | Religion
Anasie Tayyen

For the time being, media focus has shifted to sportsmanship and friendly competition. My children aren't bombarded with messages attacking their faith and identity.

Patriotism Is No Longer The Exclusive Province Of The Republican Party

Cynthia Dill | Posted 08.07.2016 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

Pride in America and core values of honor and duty have been reclaimed by the masses. No longer is patriotism the exclusive province of the Republican Party.

Honoring Those Who Fought And Died In WWII

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Joseph W. Gauld

Recent emails indicate many people don't know I am a WWII veteran. I seldom mention it because I respect those who fought and won the war, and I'm not one of them. However, I do have very deep feelings about WWII and now realize I'm not being honest by withholding them.

Counteracting the Nonsense About Bernie Sanders, Patriotism, Faith, Minorities, World Leadership and the Democratic Convention!

Beth Green | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Beth Green

I am not unaware of flaws in Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party - problems about transparency, money in politics and political expediency. Okay, they are still human and coming out of the old political models. But there's a lot to celebrate, too, and the nonsense that was spewed about the Democratic Convention - even by admirers - needs to be countered.

The Khans And The Masters Of War

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Sikivu Hutchinson

In 1919, Wilbur Little returned home to Blakely, Georgia after serving in World War I. Instead of being heralded as a hero he was savagely attacked i...

Why Let Reality Get in the Way?: The Nostalgia of the Republicans VS the Cheerleading of the Democrats

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Why Let Reality Get in the Way? : The Nostalgia of the Republicans VS the Cheerleading of the Democrats I know: not all Democrats are for Hillary an...

I Wish 'We're The Greatest!' Weren't Such Good Politics

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.30.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Feeling such love and gratitude for one's country is one thing. Insisting on declaring our being superior to everyone else is quote another.