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Founding Fathers

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

The Sum of Us All

Lisa Longo | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We need to remember this, our country was founded by a bunch of rabble-rousing activists who believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were worth dying for. Don't you think it is at least worth a few hours a month of your time?

Two Eighteenth Century Feuds That Could Disarm the President in the Fight Against Senate Gridlock

Carl Cecere | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Carl Cecere

A case being argued at the United States Supreme Court next week, NLRB v. Noel Canning, threatens to do away with the chief executive's ability to use recess appointments to deal with senatorial stonewalling.

Religion and Politics Do Mix

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

It has long been said there are two topics that should be avoided in "polite company," that is, at social gatherings, parties, service clubs, during i...

Yes Virginia, Guns Do Kill People

Lisa Longo | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Guns aren't also used for transportation. So do not tell me how cars kill as well. Knives, rope, even baseball bats. All have other primary purposes. Except guns. They have one goal. To kill.

How a U.S. Senator Can Avoid "The Senate Curse" and Get Elected to the Presidency

Rich Rubino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Between 1960 and 2008, 50 U.S. Senators sought the Presidency and lost. U.S. Senator Barack Obama broke the nearly half-century "Senate Curse" in 2008 by wining the Presidency.

Tea and Sympathy

Atiba Madyun | Posted 12.17.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...

Checks and Balances: The Government Shutdown in Perspective

Jack Pinkowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Jack Pinkowski

Conservative Republicans are using the system, because they can, to bring the healthcare bill back on the agenda by refusing to pass the omnibus budget bill for 2014. This is possible by design and a result of the Separation of Powers. That system of checks and balances incorporates the need for agreement and compromise between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

The One Thing Everyone Wants More Than Anything

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

What is happiness? And where is it found? And further still, if we found it, how would we know that what we found is actually it?

Tea Party: The Constitution Is an Inconvienent Truth

Zach Friend | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

Apparently they love the Constitution until it becomes inconvenient. Kind of like how they love to rail against "big government" until they can get photo-ops about governmental programs they like.

Football and the Ideal Republic

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 11.30.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Studying the Constitution and the country's foundational documents can be very helpful. But so can be focusing on America's contemporary passion: football.

6 Lessons From the Government Shutdown

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How did we get to this point? How we can avoid being in this position in the future? We don't yet have the perspective necessary to answer these questions fully.

What Our Founding Fathers Said About Success Will Change Your Approach To Life

Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

Of all American pastimes, perhaps the most popular is musing about what the Founding Fathers would have thought about this or that issue. But on one i...

'We the People': Celebrating Constitution Day and Registering New Voters

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America's voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Today, we still have work to do to make the most out of our nation's voting system.

Liberty, Security, and Fear

David Bromwich | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

"Thoughtless people," wrote Emerson, "contradict as readily the statement of perceptions as of opinions, or rather much more readily." The leaders and functionaries who in the past twelve years have imposed on the United States a massive system of secret surveillance are best looked on not as betrayers but as thoughtless people. They have forgotten the moral perceptions that were once felt to make the United States a country exemplary for its freedom. The work of this moment is to compel them to see again what people who understand liberty have never failed to see.

Who, What, Where, Why and How

Lisa Longo | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

We hear so much about the Founding Fathers and how we should adhere to their "vision" of America. I decided it was time to find out a few facts about what these Founding Fathers actually thought.

Royal Pain

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For historical accuracy: The Federalists in the early Congresses did indeed propose the title "His High Mightiness, the President of the United States and Protector of their Liberties" for the president, but it was laughed down by James Madison and others and the simple "Mister President" was accepted instead.

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

165 Years Since Seneca Falls: Continuing to Organize for Equality

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.16.2013 | Women
Elisabeth MacNamara

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal." --Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, Seneca Fall...

Thomas Jefferson and Our Ancestral Tabbed Browser

Kimann Schultz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Thomas Jefferson would no doubt have delighted in trying out my Mac and been eager to set up for himself a personal email address, illustrative and concise, in the same way he crafted his own epitaph, text bytes first carved into stone.

The New Secular Strategy

Victor Stenger | Posted 09.08.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

Rather than protest the religious displays, which has not met with much success anyway, the new strategy is, "If you can't beat them, join them." It seems to be working. If public spaces are to be open forums and all voices are heard, then how can anyone complain?

Americans Think Founding Fathers Would Be Disappointed By How U.S. Turned Out, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

Thanks for nothing. According to one poll, that's how Americans see the Founding Fathers' reacting to today's United States. Gallup's Thursday fin...

An Open Letter to the Founding Fathers and Mothers

Janus Adams | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.

Making a Difference: A World of Giving - Honoring America on Independence Day by Giving Back

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Independence Day is not just a great time to be with family and friends watching fireworks and enjoying the perfect barbeque. It is also a time to reflect on the many gifts we, as Americans, have been given every day, as a community and as a country.

Embrace Your Inner Scarlett O'Hara and Declare You Will Recall Your Dreams

Kelly Sullivan Walden | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Sullivan Walden

There is nothing frivolous about a declaration. A declaration is a laser that slices through vagaries, egocentric pretenses, and societal conditioning -- all the way to the gold at the center of your heart.