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Remembering An Immigrant Grandfather

Harsh Voruganti | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Harsh Voruganti

As a naturalized citizen and a religious and ethnic minority, I have spent many hours dissecting what it means to be American. While I'm no closer to finding a definitive answer, in my rumination, I find myself coming back to one particular immigrant I crossed paths with.

What Is The Secret Of America's Success? -- The Good Americans

Neil Ghosh | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Neil Ghosh

In its recent survey of attitudes of government performance, the Pew Research Center posed a question to a wide swath of Americans: What is the secret of America's success as a nation?

The Fourth

Ann Medlock | Posted 07.05.2016 | Style
Ann Medlock

I've got the hamburgers and the sparklers. Washed my red white and blue T shirt. Everybody's got their assignments for the barbecue. And I find myself wondering--just what are we celebrating here?

The 5 Principles of Patriotism

Robert Reich | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

We talk a lot about Patriotism, especially around July 4th, but we need also to take to heart its five basic principles.

The Founding Fathers vs. Donald Trump

Monica Bauer | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Monica Bauer

The real patriots this July are the Never Trump crowd, especially the Republicans who are willing to stand up publicly and oppose the misuse of their party by a dangerous blowhard who knows so little of history, but knows so much about marketing.

Patriotic Progressives Embrace the Flag, Too

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

July 4 is an occasion for Americans to express their patriotism. But the ways we do so are as diverse as our nation.

Celebrate And Share Your Patriotism On July 4th

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

July Fourth celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It's a showcase for patriotism. But what does all of this really mean? Patrio...

How Unpatriotic Is Donald Trump?

Ralph Nader | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Samuel Johnson famously considered patriotism "the last refuge of a scoundrel." His biographer James Boswell, who passed along that judgment, clarifie...

Patriotism In A Brexit World

Timothy Murphy | Posted 07.01.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

The Fourth of July is often a day of fireworks, family and food; but more than that, it needs to be a day where we look at where our country is and where it needs to be pushed to be a "more perfect union."

Make America Brave Again

Carrie Scherpelz | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Carrie Scherpelz

You don't have to convince me that fear sells. I'm a marketing professional, well aware that I can sell you everything from hand sanitizer to Hummers by preying on your anxieties.

Celebrate All Of Our Veterans This Independence Day

Matt Zeller | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Matt Zeller

On this Independence Day weekend, as you celebrate our nation's freedom, I ask that you also give thanks for our wartime allies. Many veterans can poi...

BREXIT: Lessons of History Applied by UK's Patriots

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

After all the noise, threats, doomsday scenarios and cataclysmic prognosis by political pundits and elitists, the only relevant argument in the BREXIT victory is the self-determination by the British people.

Test Your Patriotism With The Red, White, And You Quiz

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.27.2016 | Comedy
Samuel C. Spitale

Sure, it feels patriotic to BBQ on our day off and light fireworks we hope won't start a brush fire, but it's little more than consumerism wrapped in the seasonal marketing of nationalism. But fear not! If you wanna put your patriotism to the test, we've got just the thing for you.

Muhammad Ali's Real Legacy: True Patriotism

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.06.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

Although it is customary to say nice things about a person who has died, Muhammad Ali has been rightly commended for not only his superb boxing career but also his principled opposition to the then-popular Vietnam War.

The United States Flag at the Front of the Church is Blasphemous

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

A United States soldier processed the flag of the United States of America in to our sanctuary as we stood at attention singing "God Bless America."

Boy Plays For Vet Who Showed Up To Canceled Memorial Day Parade

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.01.2016 | Good News

This kid didn’t miss a beat. When Nicholas DeGregorio, 11, of North Bellmore, NY heard that an elderly veteran was on his way to a cancelled Memoria...

Dare to Be 100: Memorial Day 2016

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

71 years ago today Mother and I were clustered around our radio in Philadelphia seeking the latest news of the war that was raging in the Pacific. Dad...

Why I Can't Rest Easy on Memorial Day

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

It's fair to say I have a difficult relationship with Memorial Day. I have family and friends that were veterans of the United States military. I also...

Not Forgotten

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

My simple thanks that day may not have been worthy but it was all I could offer. I will not forget my trips to the cemetery or their service. For their sacrifice helped you, and me, to be free.

Memorial Day: Less About the 1st Day of Summer and More about Honor and Service to Veterans

Lois Pope | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Lois Pope

But for 300 million-plus Americans today, there is no realization on a daily basis of what our brothers and sisters in uniform are doing to keep us safe and secure. In fact, less than one percent of our population currently serves in the Armed Forces compared to more than 12 percent during World War II, and very few have a direct connection to someone in the military.

A Country Worth Their Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

We don't have to wait to see whom we elect to the highest offices in the land to start to fix many problems in this country. As a former citizen-soldier, it's clear to me that a more universal sense of service would make us better citizens of a better nation.

Dear GOP: Don't Call Yourselves Patriots. Ever Again.

Noam Bramson | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Noam Bramson

Some people say Trump's nomination marks the end of Republican Party, but I don't think that's exactly right. The Republican Party will go on mimicking the routines and rituals of a great and proud political organization.

Why I Won't Be Buying an 'America Was Never Great' Hat

Ben Railton | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

Last weekend, Krystal Lake, a 22 year-old young African American woman working at a Staten Island Home Depot store, was photographed wearing a custom-...

Budweiser Will Just Straight-Up Call Its Beer 'America'

Grub Street | Posted 05.16.2016 | Taste
Grub Street

To remind Americans that nothing's too sacred for shameless corporate self-promotion, the King of Beers is currently seeking federal approval for a new label.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.