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Declaration of Independence

This Fourth of July, Celebrate 1776 -- The Movie

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

1776 is a reminder that the embrace of the status quo in the face of revolutionary ideas is nothing new. Nor is bloody legislative compromise or our ongoing frustration over a Congress mired in petty squabbling.

Franklin! Carnegie! Einstein! Canseco! Brin! Why Immigrants Matter Independence Weekend

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

What a pungent irony for President Obama to deliver his major speech on immigration reform on the threshold of Independence Day: The issue and the h...

What Price for Freedom?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We must earn our right to be American. The bottom line is that we owe it to those who have put their lives on the line for our freedoms to make our citizenship count for something.

Women's Declaration of Interdependence

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all women are created equal, but each is blessed with different gifts and talents.

Independence Day: Not just independence, but human rights

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

We forget that while the American Revolution was basically about the rights, it was really about the duty of government to secure these rights.

School History Standards' Battle Moves to Congress

Ed Hooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Hooper

Reading, science and math are important, but No Child Left Behind standards must include history and social studies standards. If it isn't improved, knowledgeable citizens who can pull a voting lever and know what they're doing are going to become extinct.

Thomas Jefferson: A True American Radical

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Jefferson was a Renaissance man--a philosopher, architect, statesman and founder of the U. of Virginia--whose passion for individual freedom was rivaled only by his love of country.

Conservatives Re-Write Declaration of Independence

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn W. Smith

The Civil Rights Movement created "unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes" among minorities, according to Texas conservatives trying to rewrite American history textbooks.

Remembering Bloody Sunday: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

As right-wingers gabble loosely about secession and revolution, it's worth remembering that our nation experienced a second - necessary and successful - American revolution 45 years ago.

The New Republicans and The Intellectual Divide

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

While the 2008 election season highlighted almost every competitive demographic split that exists in American society, the most glaring was the schism in intellect, which continues to widen today.

UPDATE: Bill Brady's Founding Fathers Gaffe

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bill Brady's rush to the defense of Republican Lieutenant Governor nominee Jason Plummer was odd for a few reasons. First of all, Brady hasn't won hi...

Religion in the Affairs of Man: Mixing Theology and Politics

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Pat Robertson's bizarre conclusion that Haiti has suffered because the country made a pact with the devil is just the latest example of malicious religious excess and the dangers of mixing theology and politics.

The State of the Nation: I am Afraid

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

I have never seen a country more spiritually beaten down than the United States. We have lost our moral compass. A growing number of our young people now see no meaning or purpose in life.

The Declaration of Independence -- From Nuclear Weapons

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Crandell

I hold this truth to be self-evident, that no one should live under the threat of a nuclear attack. And yet, every day, many millions of people aroun...

The Nasty, Real World

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

This is a despicable health care bill, a stain on the soul of anyone who has worked on it, who supports it, who believes they have done anything right in birthing it. Nonetheless, it should be passed.

A Lesson for Barack Obama From the Harold Washington Playbook

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Chicago Mayor Harold Washington never did move away from his people; he stuck with them; he delivered for them. The result: They stuck with him.

Celebration, Cancer, God

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Calling Goldman Sachs a murderous, blood sucking cancerous leech etc, isn't perfect either, but it's going to have to do.

Giving And The Pursuit Of Happiness

Andrew Shapter | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrew Shapter

Is happiness something that we can really pursue? If so, how would we define what happiness is, and when would we know if or when we've got it?

Gay Rights and the Natural Law Farce

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Yes Robert George, reason plays a role in deciding natural rights. But if we're going to use reason, let's use real reason, and not lean on our ivy-league credentials to pass off homophobia as genuine rationality.

"Happiness Is" Film Says Giving Is The Way To Contentment

Huffington Post | Victoria Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In 2006, documentary filmmaker Andrew Shapter was on a tour promoting his first film, "Before the Music Dies" when someone asked him what he planned t...

How to Live Like an American: The Basics

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

I grew to understand that the same principles that worked so well in my psychiatry practice were the same principles taught by our founders and expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

Healthcare is an Unprincipled Non-System.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone knows that you cannot cure a sick anything -- patient or system - without a correct diagnosis. What is the diagnosis for sick, "broken" healthcare?

Iceland's Independent People: It's Time to Clean House

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

Any doubts as to whether Iceland's elite has declared war on its people were dispelled this weekend.

The Declaration of Independence: Good Spin Plus High Principles

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

This was pure political spin. Scapegoat the king, obviously an easier target to demonize than the collective gentlemen of the House of Commons.

The Celebration of a Progressive Holiday

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives should take special pride in this holiday, for it was the ultimate achievement of progressive values that brought us this day.