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Founding Fathers

Why Ethnic Studies is Good For All Americans, Including White Folks

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

There's a proverb that says, "Until the lion tells his own story of being hunted, history will always glorify the hunter." This, in essence, is the r...

The Commander-In-Chief Test: Failed?

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

Contrary to popular belief, and recent Executive custom, the Constitution conveys only three powers to the President of the United States that are entirely his and not subject to review or reversal.

Jon Stewart Author Interview: 'Revolutionaries' Author Jack Rakove On Our Founding Fathers (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Rakove was on 'The Daily Show' last night to talk about his new book, "Revolutionaries," and the remarkable story o...

Texas Conservatives Seek Deeper Stamp On Textbooks

nytimes.com | James C. McKinley Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Texas school board is holding hearings on changes to its social studies curriculum that would portray conservatives in a more positive light, emph...

'Flight From Monticello': Writing a Fresh Take on Thomas Jefferson's Darkest Days

Michael Kranish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Kranish

Five years after writing the Declaration of Independence that helped set the revolutionary war in motion, Jefferson was forced to flee Richmond when it was occupied by Arnold and his men.

Homeopathy And The Christian Nation

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lee Schneider

I say there are two factors that contribute to a good blog. First, good writing; second, you have to annoy somebody. I promise to do at least one of...

5 Reasons The Founding Fathers Were Kind Of Dicks

cracked.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

It's easy to say the modern teabaggers are assholes. The modern teabaggers are assholes. See? We didn't even break a sweat. But as it turns out, th...

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.

Our Founders Were Not Fundamentalists

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Harvey Wasserman

Our children should know of Native Americans who established democracy long before they saw the first Europeans and founders who got drunk and laid on their way to writing the Constitution.

McChesney and Nichols: $30-billion to save journalism

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Robert McChesney and John Nichols are grappling with the question: what would Thomas Jefferson do about the death of the American newspaper? Better, ...

Early Draft of the Constitution found in Phila.

Philly.com | Inquirer Staff Writer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

After finding the draft, "I felt like an actor in the movie National Treasure, but [actor] Nicolas Cage was nowhere to be found," Toler added. "How...

Today in History: George Washington and John Adams

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Adams famously described his position as "the most insignificant office," but this may have been due less to the job itself, and more to what it was like working under Washington.

"The Genius Of America" Should Be In Every Classroom

Zanesville TimesRecorder.com | Nat Hentoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"Consider," [Lynne Cheney] wrote then, "how little history is required of our students. Once it was taught every year kindergarten through 12th grade;...

Grateful For America

Grant Cardone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Grant Cardone

While the world spends so much time complaining about what is wrong I am reminded at this time to focus on what I have to be grateful for: All those ...

Of Columbus Day and Crosses

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

The litany of sectarian killings that has been such a grotesque piece of America's "hidden history" is the reason that some of the Framers thought the First Amendment was so necessary.

What is the "Message" Behind Increased Gun Sales?

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, thinks Americans are stockpiling handguns, assault weapons and ammunition because they are going to be "attacked by politicians"?

Reject False Choices Between Law Enforcement & Military

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

As Obama tasks our independent judiciary with trying more suspected 9/11 terrorists, count me among those who agree with Mayor Giuliani's first position on trying alleged terrorists in US courts: in the yes column

"Wow, I'm an American!"

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

We've taken the "wow" out of America. It's time to put it back. It's time to be proud to "Live like an American!"

Thomas Jefferson and "The Blood of Tyrants"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Horwitz

Those who hold the belief that the 2nd Amendment gives them an individual right to take violent action have isolated Jefferson's "tree of liberty" quote in order to justify a radical ideology.

Health Care: The Founding Fathers Weigh In

Sarah Schmelling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sarah Schmelling

We've given quite a bit of power to the Executive Branch, and since the people elect the president, I'm sure they'll listen to what he has to say when he wants to make some kind of change.

Ah! The Glorious Second!!!

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lurio

Today is the 233rd anniversary of the secession of 13 British North American Colonies from the Empire, thus creating the United States of America. So why do we celebrate on the 4th of July?

Independence Week Declaration 101: A "Forgotten Founder" Worth Knowing

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kenneth C. Davis

One of the "Forgotten Founders" is James Wilson, whose contributions to the creation of the United States of America were obscured by his later disgrace.

A 'Must Read' for the Book Czar

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

Ambitious assertions of presidential power are the logical outcome of a decades-long trend that started with Reagan and culminated under the "unitary executive" doctrine embraced by the George W. Bush administration.

Exclusive Footage Of Glenn Beck's Common Sense Comedy Show

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

I live-blogged the event on Twitter, so I thought I'd post some of the "highlights" including Glenn Beck opening with a joke about Whoopi Goldberg stabbing a man.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...