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American Exceptionalism Is Un-American

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

The boast of American exceptionalism betrays ignorance of the Founding Fathers and the tarnished history of the United States. In any event, to overlook faults because other nations are more flawed is juvenile, and leads nowhere.

Negativity and Partisan (De)Mobilization in the 2010 Midterms

Michael Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolf

Very few subjects stir interest like negative campaigns; voters dislike them; political consultants adore them; and political scientists scrutinize them. Two contradictory points are evident.

From Jefferson to Assange

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

It is outrageous for any journalist, or respecter of what every American president has claimed is our inalienable, God-given right to a free press, not to join in Assange's defense on the WikiLeaks issue.

Reflections On Faith And Fear In Palin's America

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

The narrative of Palin's book is the same narrative that has dominated American religious history and has proven so detrimental to those who do not fit into the white Protestant fold.

Why WikiLeaks Is Good for Democracy

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Information is the lifeblood of democracy. By labeling tens of millions of documents secret, the US government has created a huge vacuum of information.

The Biblical Definitions Of The Pursuit Of Happiness

Philip Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Reynolds

How should we construe the right to pursue happiness? The problem is that the words "happy" and "happiness" are used today in variety of interrelated but distinct senses.

The End: Hollywood's Campaign to End Poverty in America

Douglas Forbes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Douglas Forbes

So there you have it. Poverty has NO discretion. So why should we? That's why I say, "Hollywood, let's beat the living crap out of poverty."

Getting the Government We Deserve

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Mintzberg

Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.

Bush and Memoirs

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

Former President Bush has written his recollections and there have been conflicting accounts of what, exactly, they are. Let me try and clarify the distinctions between the various genres of autobiography.

Hey George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, What Was Plan B?

Mike Hegedus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Hegedus

The popular definition of insanity is to keep repeating the same action over and over again expecting a different result. Tuesday's mid-term elections...

Why Help Build a Mosque I Have Core Differences With?

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Normally I wouldn't be in favor of helping another religious group build a house of worship, especially one that I have such core differences with. But the Muslim religion is under siege in America.

Cooking Art History: The Early American Foodie

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Maite Gomez-Rejon

Though no stranger to French cuisine when he set sail, Thomas Jefferson's years spent in France completely revolutionized his culinary thinking and opened up a new gastronomic world for him.

The Great Political Party Tango

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

History buffs, take note: the odds are you won't see anything like this again even if you live to be 100.

Hemp is the Hidden Key to Legal Marijuana

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

When Californians go to the polls November 2, they may end a marijuana prohibition that's had devastating impacts on state's public health and civil liberties, while costing it billions.

A Tale of Two Architects

J. Michael Welton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

While Thomas Jefferson was writing his way through life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, another architect on the other side of the earth was pondering his own private retreat.

Your Youth: A Time To Make Mistakes (That Will Haunt Your Political Career Forever)

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ilana Ross

You'd be hard-pressed to find a public figure who hasn't at one time or another chalked up a potentially devastating mistake to being "young and irresponsible."

Michael Bloomberg, Vice President for Education, Intelligence, & Research -- Creating a Smart Nation

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Below, as a memory aid and brought forward from the second post that named the Virtual Cabinet, are the elements and proposed leaders within the Vice ...

The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

The very first phrase of this nation's defining document, the Bill of Rights, says: "Judaeo-Christian? Not a chance." It is the humanistic liberalism of America's Founders that still enraged the neo-Puritan GOP.

Constitution Day: Celebrate the Bill of Rights

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

James Madison's political courage and determination cannot be overstated. He was insistent, compelling, unyielding and ultimately triumphant.

Thomas Jefferson's Legacy in Gardening and Food

Peter Hatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Peter Hatch

Jefferson not only enjoyed the garden process and relished eating fresh produce, but the garden also functioned as an experimental laboratory, in some ways, as a vehicle for social change.

Jefferson vs. Hamilton Again, Thankfully

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

We need the good sense, and the political will, to ensure that Jefferson and Hamilton continue to thrive in the public arena. This will require comparable acts of statesmanship.

Our Enabling Media

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stanley Kutler

Thomas Jefferson said the media of the day was "like the clergy, [who] live by the zeal they can kindle and the schisms they can create." Today, the media offers us the irresponsible zeal and schisms he so deplored.

A Pyrrhic Victory for Demagoguery

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Not liking the results of an election in a democracy does not mean voters are not being heard; it means the majority voted differently than you, and the majority was indeed heard.

Treacherous Politics

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Miller

Anyone who has read Founding Brothers, or any other great read about the men who founded this country, can't help but be blown away by how different p...

Educating for Democracy: Does a President Have to Have a Religion?

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joel Shatzky

Why is it necessary for a president not only to have to "prove" his religious beliefs but have them at all? Does being a "believer" make a president that much more likely to be a good leader?