Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.
It is time for the real heirs to Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to come Washington and answer the pretenders who do things in the name of the Founding Fathers that violate the ideals of the Founding Fathers.
If Republican leaders begin to act more like public servants and less like non-thinking fundamentalist soldiers, we might begin to repair our political system. If not, their absolutism will plunge us into unspeakable economic darkness.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
Over two centuries ago, a revolution gave birth to a new nation and a new Church. But independence does not have to result in isolationism or ingratitude. Instead, we must find new ways to connect with and learn from one another.
While Sarah Palin's eye-darting improvs fairly scream "I didn't do my homework," in all likelihood Bachmann did do her homework on the Founding Fathers. It's just that she's reading from a different text than most of us.
Bachmann's inflated version of John Quincy Adams's antislavery record exemplifies how she and other Tea Party advocates remold the past into a founding-era-Disneyland version bolstering their political agenda.
"I know that millions of reporters in this country and in Hawaii have claimed that I make a lot of factual mistakes. Well, here and now I want to look the American people right in the eye and give them the facts."
We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.
After reading Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach's One Nation Under Sex, I'm pretty convinced Ben Franklin would definitely have had some racy social media exchanges if the technology were available to him.
With Sarah Palin making headlines for a gaffe on Paul Revere's Midnight Ride, it seems an apt time to pick up Lepore's The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American History.
Members of the Tea Party movement have implied that any legislator who votes for an increase in the debt ceiling will be violating the spirit of the founding fathers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
If Tea Party Caucus Members wish to keep their constitutional escutcheons unsullied, they should not tarry in taking legislative action against unconstitutional presidential wars and unconstitutional unaudited military spending.
It is undoubtedly the case that all our kids could use a good civics lesson, but the modern day James Madisons from the Tea Party who are vying for access to our schools are peddling ideological snake oil, not real history.
Leaders on the far right have adopted the phrase American exceptionalism and use it in a jingoistic way to convince their base of the divine righteousness of their cause. The phrase should be reclaimed and brought back to its roots.