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Founding Fathers

Perfecting a More Perfect Union

Morris Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Morris Davis

My father was a 100 percent disabled veteran of World War II. He left home a healthy man in the prime of life and returned seriously disabled by a br...

Declared: Jefferson's Handwritten Declaration of Independence at NYPL

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Written in Jefferson's hand, the manuscript is one of five fair copies he made between July 4 and July 10, 1776, to send to friends and colleagues.

George Washington -- the Teflon Founding Father?

John Ferling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
John Ferling

As a historian of the American Revolution, I have learned that to write about the Founders is guaranteed to get a lively response from general readers; to criticize them can be asking for trouble.

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.

Lucia Graves

Founding Fathers Crash Corporate Fundraisers

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Volunteers dressed up as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross took to the streets in a trolley tour of congressional fundr...

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.

The Tea Party Movement vs. The Civil Rights Movement

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I have just a few suggestions to the Tea Party. If you want your movement to succeed, you need to be more inclusive. You have to have clearer goals and a vision for the future.

This Jew Says 'Sorry Sarah, America is Not a "Christian" Nation

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Sarah Palin apparently hasn't heard of Separation of Church and State.

What the Founding Fathers Intended

D. Brad Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
D. Brad Wright

I'm no socialist, but sometimes when I look at the history of the United States, I'm left to conclude that Marx was on to something. You see, when our...

Caribou Ken Sues the Feds!

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Tuesday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and Attorney General Dan Sullivan announced plans to sue the federal government over health care reform. They don't know what this will cost, but it's not their dime anyway.

"Second Amendment Remedies"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Republicans have two options: Denounce the ridiculous idea that there are "Second Amendment remedies" to questions of policy, or own up to their role as co-conspirators in the rising level of insurrectionist violence we see in our country.

President Washington Would Have Squashed Rick Barber Like a Grape

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

As every fifth-grader knows, our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British tea taxes primarily because the taxes were imposed upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament.

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

The Politicization of a Founding Father

William Hyland Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hyland Jr.

Although the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings rumor survives, no reasonable, sensible person hearing all the evidence, not just rank speculation, has ever declared his or her belief in it.

Christian Nation

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

In both theological and foundational American texts, slaves are A-OK. Those six-packs of tube socks may not always be $2 if we don't learn how to compete globally, the Christian way.

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.

The Founders and the Creation of the American State

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The Tea Partiers are not entirely wrong to warn about the potential of the state to repress freedom, but in overlooking the role of the state in ensuring these freedoms, they foolishly misread history.

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

Glenn Beck Riffs on my HuffPost Article

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

I'd like to point out to Glenn Beck and his Republican friends that there are indeed such things as empirical historical facts that are not "spun" or manipulated by historians although they sound quite "liberal" when acknowledged.

Conservative Leader Tony Perkins Is Right: Donate to People, Not Political Committees

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

The Founding Fathers never intended for corporations of any ilk (S, 501-C, LLC, etc.) to have the same rights as individuals.

Political Violence is Not an American Value

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

How have we reached the point where violence is promoted as an acceptable response to democratically-enacted legislation? The truth is that political developments over the past three decades have made such violence tragically inevitable.

Our Media Are "Post-Reason," and We Dutifully Follow

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leonce Gaiter

The web only promotes the democratic impulse if you limit the definition of "democratic" to mere participation. If you mean the ideals of democratic governance, you could not be more wrong.

The True Nature of Our Political Crisis: A Response to David Brooks

Marcella Mroczkowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcella Mroczkowski

The real belief of Adam Smith and the Founders was that free markets without government oversight were impossible, since powerful private players would rig the markets and cheat the less powerful.

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.