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Here's What Americans Think Of Our Democracy

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans enter 2014 with a profoundly negative view of their government, expressing little hope that elected officials can or wil...

Profiles in Courage: JFK's Lasting Legacy

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

In becoming obsessed with the Kennedys, we not only followed their fashion and lifestyle, we learned about government and politics.

Next Week's Election and the Power of Six Votes

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

Democracy can still work, but leaders elected by a handful of voters isn't democracy at all. Your neighbors, your kids and your property values are all counting on you to guide your town to a future that's supported by a true majority.

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.

Flawed From the Start: The President's New Plan for Higher Education

Christopher B. Nelson | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Christopher B. Nelson

All of us know that more must be done. But is this plan a good solution? The "best value" rating system may seem plausible at first glance, but there can be no doubt that it will do much unintended harm to higher education in America.

Conclusion: Transformational Suggestions for 'New America'

Glen Browder | Posted 05.30.2013 | Politics
Glen Browder

It is clear that our Great Experiment has been functioning -- or malfunctioning -- unacceptably for some time, due in part to the exaggerated, fragmented demands of democratic distemper in a changing America.

America's Greatness

Gary Hart | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Gary Hart

Until the government haters get specific, name the programs they want to get rid of, and find a majority of Americans who agree with them, things will remain pretty much the same.

The Dangers of Government That Doesn't Get Things Done

Eric Black | Posted 12.04.2012 | Politics
Eric Black

Many on the right also claim to have the Framers on their side. The Framers feared a dictatorial government, goes this historical argument. While evidence can be adduced for that view of the Framers, I tend to think it is more wrong than right.

Dialogues in Democracy: Commitment to Truth

John Hart | Posted 11.30.2012 | Politics
John Hart

We need, as responsible citizens, to demand truth in the policy positions being advanced by those seeking to obtain our vote, those seeking to hold a public trust. But the rules will not change if don't demand it.

Of Government Role and Universal Health Care

Parthiv N. Parekh | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Parthiv N. Parekh

Sure, we may boast a global lead in cutting-edge advances in health care, but what good are those to the millions who are shut out from even baseline health care?

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

The effects of civic illiteracy take their toll over time, and while Americans are almost defiantly indifferent about their lack of civic understanding, the consequences to our basic rights and freedoms and the general health of our republic could be dire.

Appreciating James Q. Wilson

Linda Flanagan | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

Wilson was not a household name, but in the scholarly world he was a rock star. He advised Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2003.

Is The Over-50 Generation To Blame For America's Broken Government?

CNN | Ruben Navarrette | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty

Could it be that the reason our government is broken is because of which generation is running things? Authors Morley Winograd and Michael Hais thi...

The Best Way to Destroy an Enemy

Ethan Casey | Posted 07.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

I hope that Pakistanis who are understandably offended by U.S. violation of Pakistan's sovereignty will keep in mind that individual Americans don't represent, nor are we necessarily well represented by, the American government.

The U.S. As Addict

Locke Rush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Locke Rush

Only a few decades ago, the U.S. was King. We were the best at everything. Today, a very different picture has emerged. What has gone wrong?

Obion County Fire Tragedy Symbolizes Tea-Party-Republican Vision of Government

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

We cannot be cowed by the anti-government propaganda spewing forth from a few wealthy interests even when it's dressed up in the clothing of the small number of ordinary Americans who have become Tea Party activists.