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The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

365 Days to Globalize the Spirit of the 13th Amendment

Robert J. Benz | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Passing the 13th Amendment helped to reconcile inconsistencies that were forged into our founding documents about: who we are as a nation, who we are as a people and how we wished to define ourselves as individuals.

Come to the Virtual "Atlantis"!

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Susan Sacirbey

Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.

Magna Carta: Awesome Tale

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 11.06.2014 | DC
Sir Peter Westmacott

Today, Magna Carta is regarded in both the UK and the US as a foundation stone of our freedoms. Next year marks its 800th anniversary, and to celebrate, Lincoln Cathedral in eastern England has sent its copy on a grand tour of the United States. From now until January, it will be exhibited at the Library of Congress.

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

#4 Not Our Finest Hour: Why Is Liberal America Falling So Far Short?

Andy Schmookler | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In countless ways, the political force that has arisen on the right has moved this nation toward tyranny and cruelty and serfdom. Why has Liberal America in these times shown so little of the spirit of America's heroic forebears?

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

Trivia: Seven Questions and Answers about the Declaration of Independence

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Here are some trivia questions relating to the Declaration of Independence. See how you do with them.

Revolutionary War She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Women's contributions to our country's independence are not often acknowledged. As we celebrate the 4th of July and the birth of our country, see how many of the Revolutionary War she-roes you can match with her accomplishment.

Next Year in Philadelphia: A July 4th Afterthought

Steven Kurlander | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

The Declaration of Independence is a radical document signed by radical men. If it were read on a regular basis, the way we are being governed may be a lot different.

Punctuation Marks, Antonin Scalia, and the Farce of 'Originalism'

Steven Conn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Pretending that reading a document like the Constitution is a simple, transparent and an entirely objective and neutral task is naïve at best, intellectually dishonest at worst.

Happy 'Independence Month'

Jay Lickus | Posted 09.06.2014 | Fifty
Jay Lickus

We have been led like sheep by our government and big retail business together to use this day, July 4th, to extol the wonders of our national history, the successes of our illustrious government, and historical traditions that define these here United States. Not any more!

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Independents Day: A People's Upwising

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

Faced with a system that is so rigged, so corrupt, so dysfunctional, we may finally discover the inner resources to become the citizens our Founders dreamed of.

Scholar Points Out Problematic Punctuation In Declaration Of Independence Transcript

The New York Times | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter e...

It's Time to Declare Your Personal Independence

Josh Middleman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business
Josh Middleman

Another Independence Day is upon us. This year, however, I'm calling on all those who yearn to be free of the shackles that bind them to a job or career, which is safe and known yet limiting and unfulfilling, to create the career of their dreams.

Here's How The U.S. Is Celebrating Independence Day

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

The United States marked 238 years as an independent nation and celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Nature and politics also...

Declaration Of Interdependence

Col. Tom Manion | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Col. Tom Manion

We are abandoning the spirit of our nation's founders when we lose sight of those people around the world who are fighting for the same freedoms and opportunities our forefathers fought so valiantly for in the Revolutionary War.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Dissent

Lara Bergthold | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

Although I think the founders didn't mean to exclude women, I know they didn't mean to include corporations. Religious freedom does not include the right to deny your employees contraception.

This Is Not Your Independence Day

Carina Kolodny | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Carina Kolodny

The 4th of July might commemorate the independence of our country -- but it also serves as a bitter reminder that in 1776, the country that I love had no place for me in it.

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

Why We Set Off Fireworks On The Fourth Of July

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Ever wondered why we set off those humungous kaleidoscopes of gunpowder in our sky each Fourth of July? Apparently, the history of fireworks in Americ...

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

Young People Helped Found This Country, It's Time for Us to Step Up and Lead Again

Stevaughn Bush | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Stevaughn Bush

Two centuries ago, a group of patriots came together and founded our great nation. Looking back, we see the powdered wigs and think of these Founding Fathers as experienced, middle-aged statesman. But in fact, young people were instrumental in leading the charge.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The Fourth of July marks the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Monday was the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term. The two have more in common than the justices on America's highest court seem to understand.