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Tea Party in U.S. and Libre in Honduras: Two Peas in a Pod

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Both blame the corporate elites for all of their problems... yet ironically both clamor incessantly for more jobs, seemingly oblivious to the role of private business in stimulating employment.

We the People Bless the USA

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Our Justice system serves primarily white people, our legislative system primarily serves the people who corrupt and obstruct it. We the People lost sight of the values, strength and discipline that could have made our country great.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

The Future of the Senate

Carl Pope | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Carl Pope

The history of how the filibuster has been used in American history shows it to be a tool heavily weighted towards reactionary minorities, short-sighted isolationists, and those who oppose a strong national government.

Can Post-Constitutional America Recover Its Freedom and Prosperity?

Bill Frezza | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Recovering the freedom that once made us great will require reclaiming the inalienable rights and shouldering the personal responsibilities we have slowly been surrendering in return for promised security and false prosperity.

When a Rapper's Actions Speak Louder Than His Words -- A Tribute to Yasiin Bey's Bravery

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Kanene Holder

While most rappers shoot videos with beautiful women, fancy cars and jewels, Bey was strapped up, held down and gagging as a feeding tube was inserted up his nose.

Teaching Children to Respect Privacy By Respecting Theirs

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

While COPPA may be viewed by the private sector as another set of "rules" that must be complied with, we should consider what such regulation represents.

We the Young People of Zimbabwe

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

We the people of Zimbabwe, "United in our diversity by our common desire for freedom, justice and equality... Determined to overcome all challenges an...

Scalia Fails To Grasp True Democracy

Salon | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics

Recent events in Washington invite us to think about the meaning of democracy. On June 19, dignitaries gathered in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center to ...

Scalia Plagued By Jekyll-And-Hyde Moment

The Daily Beast | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

“Will the real Justice Scalia please stand up, please stand up.” These slightly altered lyrics from Eminem’s 2000 hit "The Real Slim Shady” ke...

That Gun Changed Our Lives Forever

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anger and jealousy do not last forever, but a gunshot fired in an impulsive rage often does. Easy accessibility to lethal guns makes a fatal difference over and over again.

The Triumph of Culture Over Politics: Edward Snowden and American Independence

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Edward Snowden is an independent American whose principles are the principles of American Independence. And that is surely all that any Patriot is called to be.

Time to Amend U.S. Constitution to Provide a Right to Vote

Frank Askin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Frank Askin

So, American citizen, you think you have a right to vote for your federal representatives? Think again. Justice Antonin Scalia just disabused you of that notion -- although in a backhanded sort of way.

The Supreme Court Rules There Is No One Left Standing To Appeal Prop. 8

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Jessica Levinson

In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is simply no one left standing to appeal California's infamous 2008 ballot initiative, Proposition 8.

On NSA Leaks, It's the Government Versus the People

John Glaser | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Glaser

Despite continuing efforts to politicize the revelations about the NSA's domestic spying programs, the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden transcend America's trivial two-party politics. This isn't Republicans versus Democrats. It's the government versus the people.

Divided U.S. Supreme Court Gives Key Victories To Same Sex Marriage

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

Today, Kennedy again vigorously laid out the importance of the marital relationship and the right of states to define and impart those rights to minorities without undue interference from the federal government.

Historic Washington Letter Nets Huge Haul

AP | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A letter in which George Washington offers his positive views on the newly drafted Constitution has sold for $1.4 million in New York. It...

States Mounting Big Movements Against Federal Laws

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Imagine the scenario: A federal agent attempts to arrest someone for illegally selling a machine gun. Instead, the federal agen...

Down the Rabbit Hole: What's Really at Stake With Domestic Surveillance?

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Bell

Whether PRISM is a secret or a data mining program or not, it still represents the NSA's collection and processing of the data communications of millions and millions of Americans without probable cause.

Eyebrow-Raising Omission in Republican Principles: Absence of 'Justice'

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Could it be -- and I know this is difficult to believe -- that the right-wing really does not believe in all our founding principles?

Sri Lanka: Forgetting to Remember

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Four years have passed since Sri Lanka's brutal and bloody civil war came to an aggressive end. At the time many rejoiced with the news. It now appears as though reconciliation is playing second fiddle to the growing political intrigue on all sides.

Are You a 'Blue Republican'?

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If the GOP is going to have any value as a vehicle for liberty in Blue states, it will be necessary to get non-dogmatic liberals not to throw out their liberal principles, but to see how their principles have not been well served by the old progressive one-size fits-all program.

Obama Is Not Bush on NSA/Surveillance Because Only Bush Claimed Absolute Power

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Of course, just because something is legal doesn't make it right. But it matters that President Obama followed the law and President Bush did not.

Friday Talking Points -- Rest In Peace, Fourth Amendment

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.07.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We gather here today to mourn the passing of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Although weakened and battered in the past, it seems that it has finally succumbed and will be heard of no more.