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The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

The National Debt

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

Democrats and Republicans are blitzing us with propaganda about the national debt. My purpose here is not to side with either political party, but to add understating to the subject.

'The Wrong Side of History'

Carl Pope | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Carl Pope

Apart from the outcome, the VW organizing drive revealed precisely how hollow conservative objections to government taking sides are -- it's all about what side government takes.

18 Inspiring Quotes From The Age Of Reason

Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

The Enlightenment stands out as one of the periods in human history that profoundly impacted and advanced our understanding of the world we live in. S...

'President' Alexander Hamilton? Really, Groupon?

Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Could Groupon use a little brushing up on some basic U.S. history? The Chicago-based deals website on Monday touted a President's Day special offer...

BOTH SIDES NOW: Reid Ends GOP Veto of POTUS Picks

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.25.2013 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Ron Reagan and David Frum debate whether ending filibusters over presidential appointments was a "power grab" or a pro-democracy move to reduce dysfunction? And is the Obamacare fight about health care or "the promise of liberalism"? Then: the Kennedys, the Reagans & assassination.

Great Nations Pay Their Bills

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

Today's debate may be polarized, but no one seriously expects half the nation to secede because of it. And yet, in the early days of the American experiment, that's how controversial the national debt was.

Legislative Looting: The Filibuster and the Founders

William D. Blake | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
William D. Blake

Designing a lasting system of democratic government required careful planning.  Thus, the debate over filibuster reform deserves more than platitudes from a middle school civics curriculum.

Trash-Talking America

William E. White | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics
William E. White

If we ever hope to sponsor a productive debate in this country, we will have to spend as much time listening as we do talking. Grandstanding, posturing, and trash-talking the country is not helping.

Off the Fiscal Cliff and Into the Swamp With Thomas Jefferson

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's one thing to articulate an audacious new vision for an embryonic democracy, it's quite another for Jefferson and his colleagues to actually make it happen -- given the fiercely independent mindset of the original colonies.

A False Dichotomy

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Mark Yzaguirre

There are a lot of good criticisms that can be made regarding the need to overhaul a sclerotic public sector, but starting such discussions with the assumption that one can neatly divide the populace between makers and takers is rank nonsense.

The World We Never Knew

Steve Garcia | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steve Garcia

Alexander Hamilton warned about the dangers of "unreasonable religion." Conservatives are attempting to recreate a world that never existed. They insist that the United States is a Christian nation with no room for secular thought or other religions.

Feint Praise

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Paula Gordon

When the plutocrats and their minions abuse the average citizen, it is called "oppression." When the oppressed presumed to assert their rights as citizens, the Republicans call it "class warfare." We call it justice ... or, the American way. No feints in that.

Romney to Half of Us: Not My Job to Worry About You

Sandy Goodman | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

The donors were, of course, the same kind of folks that a tuxedoed George W. Bush described at a fancy dinner a dozen years ago as: "The haves and the have-mores," adding congenially: "Some people call you the elite. I call you my base."

Did the Founding Fathers Really Want Two Parties?

Willard Sterne Randall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
Willard Sterne Randall

One of the enduring American myths we cherish is the two-party system. We must have two parties! To have three parties or more is impossible; to have only one, unthinkable.

On Manufacturing, Ryan is Following the Wrong Founding Father

Ro Khanna | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Ro Khanna

His ideas have formed the basis of the American economic system. The question is whether Congressman Paul Ryan is willing to embrace the role of government that Hamilton advocated?

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

History's Worst Twitter Scandals!

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy
Davis Schneiderman

Even if an errant-tweet is music to your scandal-hungry ears, you may have actually missed some of the most knock-down, bare-knuckled, ugly tweet wars in history.

Angela Merkel Is No Alexander Hamilton: The EU Crisis Isn't Over

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.07.2012 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Be prepared for bad news from Europe for the rest of the year. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is being asked to represent her country, and Europe as a whole. She simply cannot do both.

Let There Be (Political) Climate Change, and Let It Begin With Me

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 08.29.2012 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

After a week that saw the Attorney General charged with contempt of Congress, and an ample number of anti-Obamacare protesters showing their contempt ...

A New "American System"

Fred Bauer | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

The "American System" has the following insight: The American economy cannot flourish over the long term with merely the financial and resource extraction sectors. American prosperity was built upon the nurturing of human capital.

Constitution Check: Would an Elected Supreme Court Get More Respect?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Among scholars who want the U.S. Supreme Court changed, most want term limits, not elections. The reason seems obvious, given the politics of the day.

Mother America Always Loved Manufacturing Most

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's illogical, even unpatriotic to use tax dollars to subsidize companies that send jobs overseas, transferring America's manufacturing power to foreign countries like China.

Pitchers, Catchers... and Signers Report: a Founding Fathers Baseball Dream Team

Michael Simzak | Posted 04.23.2012 | Sports
Michael Simzak

If the framers of the Constitution were a baseball team, who would they be and what position would they play?

Calling Wealthy Democrats

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Citizens United destroys the American notion of citizenship by creating separate and unequal classes of Americans. It creates a de facto American House of Lords, in which all other Americans are relegated to second-class citizenship.