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Founding Fathers

'Til Death Do Us Part

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Any contract that has at its essence an invalid clause is in and of itself invalid. So to me, every marriage is invalid as long as two adults are barred from marriage. It is an immoral clause, and a moral cause.

Lying in Defense of "the Truth"

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Dr. Joe Wenke

Yes, we have now crossed the line, and there will be no turning back. Facts no longer matter, at least to a significant percentage of Americans. To them, all that matters is the "truth," even if they have to lie to defend it.

Haven't Got A Prayer

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Isn't it ironic that it would be political suicide for any of our elected leaders of today to follow in the footsteps of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln? May we as a nation recognize again the need to pray to the Almighty and may He again bless this country.

Scalia: Recuse or Resign

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Scalia has a right to believe voting rights are a "perpetuation of racial entitlement" for blacks and Hispanics, but should promote this repellent and biased view on conservative talk radio, not the court.

Heroes for Different Times

Michael Drew | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Drew

We change our heroes. Or the times change, and those we looked up to or admired may seem different in the light of a different day, a different age

Was Jefferson For Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Jefferson, much the deist, held to the idea of a "designer" to explain the scientific origin of the universe. Enlightenment thinkers called this designer the "great clockmaker," but he was not the same God that interceded in the cosmos.

George Washington Was A Friend Of Muslims

Craig Considine | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Washington's tolerance of and friendships with Muslims may be a product of his adherence to the principles of Enlightenment, which emphasized a concern for human rights and freedom of choice

PHOTOS: Homes Of Our Founding Fathers

Posted 02.15.2013 | Travel

Presidents Day was first established to nationally honor George Washington in 1885 (it had been celebrated in Washington, D.C. beginning in 1800). Ove...

The Founding Fathers vs. Diet-Coke Democracy

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Nicolas Berggruen

Its time to update the genius of America's Founding Fathers to fit our present circumstances. If we can't manage to be equal to their spirit, the democracy they so carefully crafted is bound to falter.

The Politics of Debt in America

Steve Fraser | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Steve Fraser

Debt remains, as it long has been, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of capitalism. For a small minority, it's a blessing; for others a curse.

The Forgotten "Father of Emancipation"

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books
Harlow Giles Unger

More than twenty years before Lincoln ever uttered the word "emancipation," the courageous sixth President of the United States -- John Quincy Adams -- masterminded the U.S. Supreme Court victory that made the Emancipation Proclamation possible.

We the Forgetful People

Jag Bhalla | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Jag Bhalla

Despite what President Obama called a "centuries-long debate about the role of government," the Constitution clearly defines a duty to "promote the general welfare."

President Obama's Inaugural Address

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

"As times change, so must we," President Barack Obama said in his eloquent and inspiring inaugural address. In many ways, President Obama's speech was a continuation of his campaign to engage women, gays, immigrants and the middle class.

How Thomas Jefferson Set The Groundwork For The Separation Of Church And State

J. Brent Walker | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
J. Brent Walker

Jefferson's radical Virginia statute created a vital marketplace for religion that must be based on voluntary belief, not government assistance.

Take Insurrection off the Table

James Melton | Posted 03.16.2013 | Detroit
James Melton

In a country like ours, armed insurrection ought not to be among the tools of political action. Participation in our institutions -- not insurrection or civil war -- will be what preserves our liberty and our way of life.

An Unlikely Connection?

Craig Considine | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Muhammad and Washington were gentlemen of the highest degree. This is no more evident than in the connection between them in the Holy Quran and "Rules of Civility."

Lincoln: Spielberg's Glimpse Into America's Design Foundations

Paul Gunther | Posted 01.08.2013 | Arts
Paul Gunther

He above all would acknowledge the transcendence of profound classical language as symbolic of abiding American purpose befitting the founders' most basic intent even in ways contemporaneously inconceivable like abolition.

The Founding Prophets

Emmett Rensin | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

When we allow quoting the Constitution to stand in for a legitimate rebuttal, we diminish our ability to think critically about our nation and its laws.

A Common Sense Prescription for Washington

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

What we have now is not what they envisioned, nor the "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" that President Lincoln called for in the Gettysburg Address. With the stakes as high as they are, you would think that some common sense would prevail in Washington.

The Newtown Massacre: Time for Legislation, Not Conversation

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

There's plenty of room in a civilized society for people to protect themselves, their homes and still shoot helpless deer if they so choose without allowing deadly combat-style assault weapons to end up in the hands of demonic, psychotic monsters.

Common Grounds and Common Sense

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We do not need a Church of America: what the founding fathers knew in 1776 holds true in 2011. In spite of right-wing Christian rhetoric to the contrary, that we are a secular nation cannot be denied.

Open Letter to Republicans: Don't Mourn, Apologize

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Given your actions this past year and the fact that your presidential nominee lost (and you never saw it coming), don't you think you should give it a try?

VOTE: Freedom or Free Dumb?

Bronston Jones | Posted 01.05.2013 | Comedy
Bronston Jones

Ask any American, conservative or liberal, "What's the greatest thing about this great land of ours?" I'll bet most answer, "Freedom!"

It's Anti-American To Care About The President's Religion

Craig Considine | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Whether Obama is Muslim or not is beside the point. The president's religious background shouldn't matter in a presidential election -- or any American election for that matter.

Defending the Electoral College

Carl Creasman | Posted 12.25.2012 | College
Carl Creasman

The Founders NEVER saw the president as someone that represented the citizens or stood in their places as a representative. Instead, to the Founders, the president was supposed to be someone slightly detached from the passions and zealotry of "the masses."