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July 3 And 4: Celebrating Inner And Outer Freedom

Philip Goldberg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

That this year's Guru Purnima comes the day before Independence Day strikes me as symbolism worth reflecting upon. Both India and America have always stood for something special in the world's eyes, and the two civilizations have enriched one another immeasurably with their gifts.

On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Bill Moyers

Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.

How To Spark Change This 4th Of July

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

As you plan for this week's holiday, think about the many ways you can honor the men and women who are serving on behalf of all of us, and support others who are solving problems and making life better for our communities

My Personal Declaration of Independence

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorna Bright

For me, real freedom is a very personal thing. It begins in my heart and mind. If I don't feel free, then all of the military victories ever won can't make my heart sing.

Rededicate Yourself to the Republic

William E. White | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
William E. White

As you, your children, your family, your friends, and your colleagues prepare for the Fourth of July this year, make it a learning experience. Read the Declaration of Independence from beginning to end -- every word. Read it aloud. Read a book about American history.

Not everyone has fair chance at success

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 08.19.2012 | Black Voices
Rev. Jesse Jackson

In a One Big Tent America, everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed. We shouldn't trade in the legacy of the New Deal and Fair Deal for a Raw Deal....

The Enlightenment Divides American Politics

William Bradley | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There is no shortage of political divides in this era of angry politics. But one of the most fundamental of all is between those who favor the Enlightenment and those who oppose it.

What We Lose With Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 08.15.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Students need reasons to invest in learning. It is hard work and they have to care. Meaningful learning is about problem solving, thinking, analyzing, organizing, and explaining, not rote memorization

Moral Economics of Being an Anti-Genocide Leader

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Elizabeth Blackney

Patriotic rhetoric emanates from both presidential campaigns, their allies, and the chirons of every broadcast and cable news division. Anchors and st...

The Founders' Immigration Policy

Alex Nowrasteh | Posted 05.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Alex Nowrasteh

To truly reform immigration, we should look back to the nation's first immigration and naturalization laws, which are a far cry from restrictive laws in Arizona and Alabama.

Hell Hath No Fury Like Women Scorned

Donna Henes | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Donna Henes

You've heard the saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Well, ladies, it is time for some serious fury! And men, I am talking to you, too -- all fathers, sons, brothers, lovers, and friends of women.

Pursuing Happiness: A Declaration of Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
Russell C. Smith

What a grand gesture. The pursuit of happiness -- codified into the founding document of a newly emerging nation. Happiness as an ideal to reach for and maybe not ever attain.

Newt's Latest Declaration of Independence From Reality

William K. Black | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
William K. Black

Gingrich's historical argument rests on a non-existent provision in the Declaration of Independence that he claims was designed to protect non-existent banks from regulation.

The Politics of Sustainability

John Friedman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
John Friedman

It is time to review our foundational values and documents and establish why sustainability is very much based on American values that transcend today's politicized political climate.

Republican Misreading Of The Declaration Of Independence

Denis Lacorne | Posted 03.31.2012 | Religion
Denis Lacorne

It is pointless to refer to a God or a Creator in the founding document of the American democracy, since the only source of all legitimate authority is "We the People."

Compassionate Capitalism: America's Easy Button?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 03.18.2012 | Business
Stuart Muszynski

To have a useful debate about America's economy, we need to be able to freely discuss these issues without being branded as unpatriotic or disloyal to our nation or any political party.

The Declaration of Interdependence

Jim Schroer | Posted 03.11.2012 | Politics
Jim Schroer

Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of these United States of America; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of political decision making and, when necessary, the actual structure and organization of its government.

No, Virginia, There's No War on Christmas

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Tell me, Governor Perry, when you talk about "prayer in school," do you mean all prayer? Would you object to Muslims pulling out prayer rugs and bowing to Mecca? Jews opening their Torah and chanting? A Native American prayer dance, a Sikh kirtan, or a New Age affirmation litany?

A Declaration for Independence

Al Checchi | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

We, the people, consistent with our nation's founding principles and in keeping with our sacred duties, in national association declare our independence from the politics of the two major political parties.

A New Declaration of Independence

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Occupy Wall Street indicates the need for a new Declaration of Independence and a new form of government.

PHOTOS: One Of America's Greatest Calligraphers Has Died

Posted 01.03.2012 | Books

A former art director at top advertising agency Young & Rubicam, Sam Fink was one of America's great calligraphers and illustrators. Born on May 2...

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

The Fourth Way

Al Checchi | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

We need to develop a "Fourth Way," the American Way -- neither left, right, or bipartisan, but a non partisan common sense program for American civic renewal.

Today's Republicans Embrace Articles of Confederation (A Failed State), Not the Constitution

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It has been apparent from the beginning that most of the Tea Party people, who now have control of the Republican Party, never really understood the Constitution, and certainly not the context in which it was written.

The New American Revolution: Occupy Wall Street

Bob Burnett | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

To declare their independence in 1776, colonists had to let go of their belief the King would rescue them. To declare their independence in 2011, Americans have to let go of their belief that the present government will rescue them.