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Declaration of Independence

The American Dream

Dustin Farivar | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Dustin Farivar

We all have stories to be proud of. But we often forget, our stories are not competitive or comparative; rather, they are what hold us together. The more I am a part of the American Dream, the more convinced I am that it is alive and well.

Progressive Patriotism: Taking Pride in America's Never-Ending Climb to More Equality and Prosperity

Troy Campbell | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Troy Campbell

The United States was not perfect when it began, and it is still far from perfect today. However, if one constantly writes off America because of its failings in the past or present, then one misses the general point: America was born a nation to perpetually move forward.

The Moral Matters

Christopher Holshek | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Americans are a rarity in the world in that they identify themselves not by human categorization but by an idea forged 237 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. A state of mind as much as a state of being is what enables the United States to be the premier nation of nations.

This Independence Day, Let's Celebrate Our Dependence on One Another

Brian Levin | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact
Brian Levin

Just as American independence required Georgia and New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina to join forces to win the Revolutionary War, we are each fundamentally dependent on one another in our own lives.

The Founding Fathers Fouled Up

Martha Burk | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Martha Burk

On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.

Religion in America on July 4, 1776

Maria Mayo | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion
Maria Mayo

When the Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, religious practice in the 13 colonies of the United States was colorful and varied. The quest for independence -- as well as loyalist resistance to the cause -- permeated church life and teachings across denominational lines.

Part I: Sweet Apple Pie -- Happy 237th Birthday, America

Atiba Madyun | Posted 09.02.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Each year on your birthday, I look back on our history. And while we have come from a humble beginning, I know we have a ways to go, before we achieve our founders' goal of being the United States of America.

An Open Letter to the Founding Fathers and Mothers

Janus Adams | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.

Don't Despair, America

Terry Newell | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Terry Newell

About to commemorate Independence Day, many Americans are feeling in a funk. Gridlocked in Congress, deep in debt, widely divergent on social issues,...

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

The Price of Safety Is Our Very Nation

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

If America had a choice, repeal the 4th Amendment or give up cellphones, that would be one dead amendment. Wait, it is.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

Most Americans know that the "right to happiness" was mentioned in a big way in the Declaration of Independence. Very few Americans, including me, rea...

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

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.

Abolish It and Replace It With What?

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Computers are made to work for us and do things we need done, and must be constantly updated to adjust to the constant stream of new data. But if you ...

Abolish It: It's Our Right

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

It's obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this current government doesn't give a damn about anyone who isn't buying influence in Wash...

Memo to Congress: Why the NRA's Absolutism Is Indefensible

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

As federal and state governments respond to growing outrage at the unrelenting gun violence destroying families and terrorizing communities, legislators cannot simply defer to the NRA's intransigence.

Meeting Medicare Again, for the First Time

Brian Kahn | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

I sat down at the computer with quiet anxiety. I've never warmed to the cold, iridescent screen, somehow removed from the flesh and blood life I have ...

Gun Control vs. Mind Control

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Both sides will trot out their heaviest weapons and we either will or will not get stricter gun control regulations. Whichever side wins, if this ends up being just about gun control, the public loses.

We the Forgetful People

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Despite what President Obama called a "centuries-long debate about the role of government," the Constitution clearly defines a duty to "promote the general welfare."

Obama Seeks More Social Tolerance, Economic Opportunity For All

National Journal | Ronald Brownstein | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics

The president wants more social tolerance and economic opportunity. One goal is more achievable than the other....

Critical Government Role Also in Declaration of Independence: The Next Sentence

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The critical role of government in securing our inalienable rights is as rooted in the Declaration of Independence as is the assertion of those rights themselves.

More Prose Than Poetry in Obama's 2nd Inaugural Address

ProPublica | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
ProPublica

The president's calculation today seemed to be that the occasion presented a chance, perhaps a last chance, to recall the political system to what Lincoln, in his first inaugural address, called the "better angels of our nature."

A Speech That Speaks to Our Progressive Traditions

Mike Lux | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To my friends who are cynical, who say it is just a speech, just words, I would argue that if you look at America's history, words matter.

Declaration of Interdependence

Paul Steven Stone | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Paul Steven Stone

WE THE PEOPLE of the free and independent United States hereby declare our interconnectedness and responsibility for one another. Recognizing that we ...