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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 | Home
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?

A Consumer Is a Subject, A Citizen Is a Verb

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Chuck Freeman

The American corporate media culture challenges our freedom in a sophisticated and seductive fashion. We are saturated with images and rhetoric by which we willingly morph our identity.

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

Wikileaks Founding Fathers: Caveat Lector

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robert Weller

The GOP and Tea Party better look out. Wikileaks has gained access to classified documents written by the nation's founding fathers.

No, Mr. Beck, That Wasn't 'Some Professor' -- That Was Me

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Rodda

Recently Glenn Beck scoffed at one of my posts in which I debunked one of the lies told by David Barton -- that Thomas Jefferson dated his documents "in the year of our Lord Christ."

Debunking Beck University's Faith 102 with 'Professor' David Barton

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

This week's class at Beck University was the second class taught by "Professor" David Barton, and, as expected, the class was packed with quite a few of Barton's pseudo-historical lies and distortions.

Newt Gingrich's New Clash of Civilizations

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Smucker

There is a new and disturbing trend towards Muslim bashing in the United States. If it continues apace it is likely to help stir up a real national "clash of civilizations."

Islamophobia Threatens Tea Party's Ties to Its Origins and Future

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

What is so striking about some of the modern Islamophobes who call themselves Patriots is how their actual views run completely afoul of our most celebrated founding fathers, whom they say they pattern themselves after.

Why I Fight

Halsey Minor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Halsey Minor

Banks bailed out because they were too big to fail get bigger as they swallow the portfolios of smaller banks the government decides are expendable. Projects like mine are considered collateral damage.

Publishers Weekly Pick Of The Week: 'Madison And Jefferson'

Publishers Weekly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This thick but satisfyingly rich dual biography promotes Madison from junior partner to full-fledged colleague of the "more magnetic" Jefferson. ...

Immigration, the Bible, and the Lawsuit

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Again and again we found ourselves standing at a fork in the road, faced with a choice: Would we believe the lie that some people are simply worth more than others?

Islam, the Founding Fathers and the 4th of July

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frankie Martin

In a country where feelings against Islam are precarious, the outlook of the Founding Fathers, who openly embraced Muslims, could not be more significant.

Private Faith in Public Life

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We really need to stop this ridiculous argument about being a Christian nation. If there should be any doubt, let us listen to the founding fathers themselves.

May the Fourth Be With You

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

Why not take just six minutes between hot dogs to remember what this day is all about? In this video tribute to Thomas Jefferson, hear all the words o...