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Founding Fathers

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.

'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."