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What Would George Washington Do? Git-R-Done!

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

"What a triumph for our enemies . . . to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves." Barack Obama in 2010? No, George Washington in 1786.

Poll: Liberals and Conservatives Strongly Disagree with "Citizens United" - Americans Want Limits on Corporate Cash in Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court decided in late January that giant corporations should be treated just like individual Americans when it comes to spending money in ...

NFL Football Inspires A Resolution For The Filibuster Nightmare

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Congress, long ago, adopted the filibuster without anticipating, as the NFL did, that the practitioners of the Senate might stoop to disrupting the game indefinitely in order to intimidate and punish the referees, in the Senate's case, the public.

Are You Brainwashed? 7 Principles For Free Government

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Precisely because Americans are easily distracted -- because, as study after study shows, they are clueless about their rights -- the American governmental scheme is sliding ever closer toward authoritarianism.

Thoughts on International Law in US Courts: Our Constitution or Blackstone's?

Tricia Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tricia Perry

Recent weeks have generated interesting commentary on the Supreme Court hearing on Abbott v. Abbott. The case involves the custody of a 14-year-old child whose parents divorced while living in Chile.

1984 in 2010: Hijacking Democracy to Spy on Americans

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

With the White House and congressional leadership supporting unconstitutional abuses threatening the very fabric of our society, the Constitution appears to have few friends left in our nation's capital.

Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

Our children should know of Native Americans who established democracy long before they saw the first Europeans and founders who got drunk and laid on their way to writing the Constitution.

A Disadvantaged Class? The Corporate Speech Index

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Weissman

These comparisons illustrate how easy it will be for one company, one industry, or the corporate class overall, to dominate the electoral discourse in the wake of Citizens United.

We the People

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Campion

Part of our 2010 Faux Revolution is the expulsion of ridiculously unsubstantiated nonsense like using the American People whenever someone is trying to make, prove or back up a point.

Who Owns Anger?

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Let's get one thing straight. If you are angry at Barack Obama, or any member of Congress, you are angry at your fellow citizens who voted for them. There is a name for this process: we call it democracy.

Early Draft of the Constitution found in Phila.

Philly.com | Inquirer Staff Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After finding the draft, "I felt like an actor in the movie National Treasure, but [actor] Nicolas Cage was nowhere to be found," Toler added. "How...

America Is Not A Democracy, Stop Pretending It Is

Aindriu Colgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aindriu Colgan

For all those condemning Citizens United vs. FEC as an end to democracy in America, let's go over a few things. Firstly, America is not a democracy. ...

Guantánamo Closure: Evolution or Revolution?

Nancy Talanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

The Obama administration's failure to meet its self-imposed January 22 deadline for closing Guantánamo was a disappointment, but we know the facility...

Forget the Myth: 51 Senators Can End the Filibuster Today

Don Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don Parker

Fifty-one Senators can abolish or amend the filibuster rule at any time. They can do it today. They only have to summon the courage to act.

Today I Left the Democratic Party

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Campbell

With any relationship, when the bad far outweighs the good, perhaps it's time to move on. This is honestly how I've felt for the past few years with the Democratic Party

Teabaggers' New Cry: "Mrs. Obama, Hands Off Our Obesity"

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

One day after the passage of an historic health care reform bill, the Tea Party movement turned its attention to a new target today: First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign against obesity.

Citizens United: The Problem Isn't the Law, It's the Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Citizens United blows away any notion that conservative judges, who profess to be "originalists" and "umpires," are in fact faithful to our Constitution's text or bound by reasoned precedent.

Prescriptions for Mending Broken Government and Averting Spiritual Death

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

While ending America's wars sounds logical and direct, I am beginning to doubt I will ever see this in my lifetime, as long or short as it may be. The country has become inextricably engaged in these conflicts.

Vision of a State: Ultra-Federalism in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

An ultra-federalist culture would constantly seek to discover and bridge gaps between local systems for administering justice and the official machinery of the state courts.

What is the "Message" Behind Increased Gun Sales?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, thinks Americans are stockpiling handguns, assault weapons and ammunition because they are going to be "attacked by politicians"?

Goodbye/Hello 14 "Burning The Ships "

Patt Cottingham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Cottingham

In 1519 the Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez anchored his 11 ships off the Yucatan Peninsula. Thousands of miles of ocean separated him from Spa...

Why Aren't Schools Teaching Our Children Their Rights and Freedoms?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John W. Whitehead

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."-- Thomas Jefferson According to President Barack Obama, makin...

Prop. 8 Federal Lawsuit Begins, Cue Right-Wing Media Hysteria

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Few other issues whip the conservative media chattering class into a frenzy like the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. This unprecedented federal legal challenge is unlikely to be any different.

What I Want For Christmas: Mass Clemency

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

A mass, collective pardon of nonviolent offenders would reunite hundreds of thousands of families, save billions of dollars in incarceration costs, and might foster a national spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation.

The Beijing Amendment To The Constitution

David O. Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David O. Stewart

Is the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution all that stands between us and even gloomier economic times? With China holding $800 billion of Unite...