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Declaration of Independence

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 ...

Off the Fiscal Cliff and Into the Swamp With Thomas Jefferson

Tom Alderman | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

It's one thing to articulate an audacious new vision for an embryonic democracy, it's quite another for Jefferson and his colleagues to actually make it happen -- given the fiercely independent mindset of the original colonies.

LOOK: Rare Civil War Photos Revealed

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

A collection of rare, well-preserved Civil War photos were revealed this week at a live auction in Nashua, New Hampshire. A total of 97 items, incl...

Jane Austen Weekly: Jane Austen Votes for President

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

On November 6, 2012, Jane Austen will vote for Barack Obama. With the specter of Mitt Romney as president, her ghost is nothing to fear.

Hope Dies Last: Why Hope Matters for Strategy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Even though the American economy is recovering -- albeit slowly -- these are still stressful and trying times. We need to move from that begrudging process of recovery to renewal in the belief in America and the American dream. How important is hope to that renewal?

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.

President Obama's Emancipation Proclamation

Ray Errol Fox | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Ray Errol Fox

In President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage, he has in effect "edited" and enhanced Jefferson's classic dictum to avow, unequivocally, all men and women are created equal. It may be the last major civil rights action of our time.

What Would George Do?

Robert Strong | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Robert Strong

Democracy in Washington's Farewell Address is a fragile thing. It is subject to the whims of public opinion, to the pull of parties, to the selfishness of generations, to the propensity of humans to make mistakes.

Book Claiming To Expose Liberal 'Lies' About Thomas Jefferson Exposed As Inaccurate

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion

Following widespread criticism from a diverse group of scholars, as well as the threat of a boycott by Cincinnati pastors and church leaders, publishe...

The Greatest Breakup Letter in History

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.11.2012 | Comedy
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who's received many "breakup" letters, emails and even texts, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. It wasn't until my historical studies at Rutgers that I realized that America was founded on the ultimate breakup letter in history: the Declaration of Independence.

KA-BOOM: July 4th Fireworks Photos

Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

Is there a better way to celebrate your country's independence than setting off lots and lots of fireworks? The United States has been pondering th...

True Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Our national independence has been secured for a long time, at least as long as I've been alive. During my lifetime, the real struggle in America has not been for national independence, but rather for personal independence.

PHOTOS: America Celebrates Independence Day

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings an...

Their Final Fourth: An Inspiring Story of Brotherly Love

Jason Earle | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Jason Earle

The 4th of July is a "feel good" holiday. Most of us are going to find ourselves beach-bound or at picnics with friends and loved ones. On a deeper level, it carries powerful meaning because of the freedoms that were delivered from our Founding Fathers.

Celebrate Our Independence by Committing to the Right to Vote

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The right to vote defines our great nation as a democracy. This essential American right, that is often taken for granted, has evolved over years of struggle by many Americans.

What Does The Declaration of Independence Mean Now?

Alexander Tsesis | Posted 09.03.2012 | Books
Alexander Tsesis

Independence Day has always been a time for reflection in the United States. The opportunity for the nation to collectively consider whether it has lived up to the ideals embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

Fourth Of July: Today In History

Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 186th day of 2012. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today'...

July 4th and the Roots of Obamacare

Jim Downs | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Jim Downs

Because the Emancipation Proclamation didn't provide protection against the deadly consequences of war, federal officials in 1865 needed to expand their authority in order to respond to this medical crisis.

Pursuing Freedom and Happiness

Mary Jo Kilroy | Posted 09.02.2012 | Gay Voices
Mary Jo Kilroy

I believe that one's pursuit of happiness could take the form of civil marriage between two loving adults, and that its pursuit should not be denied by the state or federal government if the person one loves is of the same gender.

The Declaration of Independence 2012 (As Written of, by and for Women)

Flora Nicholas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Comedy
Flora Nicholas

So as we gals are made of strong "home of the brave" stuff, we have chosen today to bring these matters to the country's attention, and yes, publish our own version of the Declaration of Independence.