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Our Republic, My Republic

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Whenever I enter the capacious main entrance of the National Constitution Center, I take pause when I pass by this quote by Teddy Roosevelt that's etched in the wall: "the people themselves must be the ultimate makers of their own Constitution."

My Wife, the Model American Citizen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

To my wife, and surely to most if not all of those giving their oath of citizenship, "civic literacy" of the sort she and all naturalized U.S. citizens have to demonstrate is at the core of setting an American free.

Election '14

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Based on his polls, Mitt Romney was so confident that he would be America's president today that he neglected to have a concession speech written. Vot...

How Our Declaration of Independence Can Help Set Us Free Today

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What if we put our Declaration of Independence on an equal footing with the Constitution, and give it the force of law?

Want To Revive Our Republic? Then Read the Constitution

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

If thawing out our republic and getting it back on a vibrant track can be achieved without any changes whatsoever to our Constitution, as I've asserted in my last blogs, why haven't we done so already?

Nullify This - How Citizen-Jurors Can Take Back Our Republic

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

When we serve as jurors, we can literally take the law into our own hands. As Thomas Jefferson maintained, if citizen jurors "think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause," they can "take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact."

Our Court Needs More Supremes

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What would having more Justices achieve? Ideally, a Court with a greater plurality of perspectives, a greater depth and breadth of experiences, backgrounds, value systems and approaches to their duties.

Republic, Unfrozen

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

The fact is that our visionary Framers provided us with a brilliant remedy for reviving our republic. Best of all, to implement it, no amendment is required.

Why Aren't Kids Part of 'All Men Are Created Equal'?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

How different might things be if our youngest were voters? They'd be a powerful constituency whose vote politicians would covet. As a result, my hunch is that we'd have much more funding for education.

The Republic's King

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Portugal is one of Europe's oldest nations. It became a Kingdom when it split from the Kingdom of León in 1143. It has been a Republic since 1910. As...

Why Felipe Must Go

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Corruption charges have touched almost every political leader in Spain. Yet impunity remains and dominates. Neither the King nor Prince Felipe has publicly denounced this calamitous form of public behavior. What a mediocre show.

A Proposal for Direct Republics

Judah Freed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Judah Freed

A direct democracy on a global scale is not yet feasible. An interim option is what I name a direct republic: An elected representative body writes the new laws for final ratification by direct votes of the people. A direct republic can work locally, nationally and globally.

WATCH: How Computer Coders Can Protect Our Privacy

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology
Bill Moyers

Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, explains how our government -- given all the ways it can spy on us -- should just as determinedly use modern technology and technologists to protect our liberties.

How Do You Govern Your Family Road Trip?

Kari Haugeto | Posted 08.09.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Five hours into the drive from Atlanta to Washington, our kids tried to stage a coup. It happened at the worst possible moment in our trip, during a pit stop at a rest area on Interstate 85 in a remote part of North Carolina.

The 'Agonizing Spasms' of Election Day

William E. White | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
William E. White

Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.

National Ignorance

William E. White | Posted 12.09.2012 | Education
William E. White

American ideas are important, an essential element for charting our future. Unfortunately, we may be losing our ability to discern quality debate.

Teach Responsibility -- Teach History

William E. White | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
William E. White

Where are the lessons of responsible citizenship? Where is the citizens' manual? Civic responsibility is not innate. It must be learned, and so it must be taught.

Top Christian Stereotypes of 2011

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.01.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I thought for my final post of the year that I might share my "favorite" Christian stereotypes of the year.

Job Description: Servant of the People

Stephen Gyllenhaal | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Stephen Gyllenhaal

Our leaders were supposed to be our servants. They were elected "to serve". I'm not claiming the thing ever worked perfectly, but who among us now even imagines that our representatives serve any of us?

Frontier Flight Attendants Ratify Labor Contract

Posted 10.30.2011 | Denver

In a rare bit of good news for the struggling airline, Frontier flight attendants have ratified their first contract with the carrier, The Denver Post...

The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The truth is that the U.S. is neither a democracy, nor a republic. Americans are ruled by a corporatocracy: a partnership of "too-big-to-fail" corporations, wealthy elite and government officials.

Obama's Choice

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I was going to write about Legitimate Grievances today, but something more important has come up: Obama's Choice. Context first. My friend and...

America Is Not A Democracy, Stop Pretending It Is

Aindriu Colgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aindriu Colgan

For all those condemning Citizens United vs. FEC as an end to democracy in America, let's go over a few things. Firstly, America is not a democracy. ...

Restore the Republic

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

We consider ourselves a democracy, yet we salute the flag of a Republic. No idea is more central to the concept of a republic than what used to be called civic virtue, but what today would be called "giving something back."

Chicago Sit-In Workers Hope To Inspire Labor Movement

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — They've taken their sleeping bags and pillows back home and hauled away their protest placards after ending a nearly weeklong sit-in a...