Founding Fathers

NRA video: Founding Fathers would have “fortified” Second Amendment “in stone” if they could have foreseen the invention of assault weapons

Newest video comes three days after gunman used an AR-15 style rifle to kill 26 people<p>From a November 8 NRA video<p>Loading the player reg...<p>DOM RASO …

Liberal View

What would the Founding Fathers think of Roy Moore?

Regarding the Oct. 24 editorial “For senator in Alabama”:<p>I agree with the endorsement of Doug Jones, but I take issue with the statement that Roy Moore’s argument against seating Muslims in Congress “would have appalled the Founding Fathers and should alarm believers of all stripes.” This too …

Opinion

This Week in Comments: October 22nd—October 29th, 2017

From gun control to fun control, these were Big Think's <i>most excellent</i> comments of the week.<p>Here's some Julee Cruise to lead you smoothly and calmly …

The Founding Fathers designed impeachment for someone exactly like Donald Trump

Their writings and debates surrounding the creation of the Constitution make clear that the framers feared a certain kind of character coming to power and usurping the republican ideal of their new nation. Having just defeated a tyrant — “Mad” King George III of England — they carefully crafted …

Donald Trump

Conservative columnist: Founding Fathers had Trump in mind when they included impeachment clause

A conservative Washington Post columnist wrote Thursday that the Founding Fathers had President Trump in mind when they added the impeachment …

Conservative View

Opinion | My patriotism demands I bear witness to America's faults

Injustice Shaped America's Birth. Unity Must Shape Its Future.<p>In the U.S. there has always been a chasm between our ideals and our reality.<p>by Dan Rather / Oct.13.2017 / 3:44 PM ET<p>Counter-demonstrators and supporters of President Donald Trump fight for a U.S. flag during a "People 4 Trump" rally in …

Declaration Of Independence

Polarized by party and ideology

Michael Villanova (CUNY): Conservatism, Liberalism, and Postmodern Identity. Oliver Traldi on partisanship, Popper, and painfully hot takes. …

Ideology

MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt Tells 3 Common Lies About Guns And The Second Amendment

On Friday’s episode of <i>Real Time with Bill Maher</i> on HBO, MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt repeated three grossly inaccurate claims regarding the Second Amendment …

Conservative View

Fox analyst: 'Founding Fathers didn’t want every juiced-up psycho' owning machine guns

Fox News strategic analyst Ralph Peters said "the Founding Fathers didn't want every juiced-up psycho to have a machine gun collection" and argued …

Stephen Paddock

Trump wants a big military parade, but the Founding Fathers might not approve

Donald Trump loves the military. He claims "our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been." And now he’s touting an idea for celebrating the US armed forces: a massive military parade in Washington, for the Fourth of July, perhaps as soon as next year.<p>He was inspired by the Bastille Day …

History

'Hamilton' gets past race by imagining Founding Fathers with black and brown faces

Imagine if Vice President Mike Pence killed President Obama’s first Treasury secretary, Timothy F. Geithner, in a gunfight. Even in the current craziness of American politics, that would be unthinkable, right? But something similar and equally startling actually happened when the United States was …

After school shooting, sheriff gives Second Amendment defense that would make Founding Fathers proud

After a 15-year-old student opened fire at a high school near Spokane, Washington, earlier this week, the Spokane County Sheriff gave a defense of the Second Amendment that would make the Founding Fathers proud.<p>What did he say?<p>During a lengthy press conference on Thursday, Spokane County Sheriff …

Conservative View

Gene Simmons Argues That Respect For Trump And Founding Fathers Is Needed

"Are you talking to Hillary Clinton?"<p>Gene Simmons, front man for the band KISS, entrepreneur and television star, made an appearance on <i>Fox & Friends</i> …

Conservative View

Revolutionary Watch: Liberty & Slavery - American Revolutionary War Forums

There are many ironies throughout history, one such that proves prominent in colonial times is that which many of the Founding Fathers, those …

Slavery

ICYMI: University Removes Bust Of Its Namesake Over Slavery Ties

The Founding Fathers, Confederate generals, and even Catholic saints have been in the crosshairs of the progressive Left for their non-politically …

Conservative View

From Cicero to Trump, They’re All in Plutarch’s ‘Lives’

Truman said the essayist ‘knew more about politics than all the other writers I’ve read put together.’<p>Thucydides has been enjoying quite the media moment, despite being dead for more than 2,400 years. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster have both been known to …

Opinion

Trump is everything the founding fathers feared in a president

The U.S. presidency is the most powerful office in the world, but it is set up to fail. And the power is the problem. Beginning as a small and …

United States

Don't topple statues of Founding Fathers, update your thinking about them

Amid the uproar set off by Donald Trump’s response to the clash of white nationalists and counterprotestors in Charlottesville, Va., one of his arguments was summarily dismissed by pundits and scholars.<p>It deserved a more dispassionate hearing. An idea should be judged on its merits, rather than by …

Robert E. Lee

The Founding Fathers weren’t infallible. 5 reasons why school choice IS liberty

5 reasons why school choice is liberty<p>Posted August 24, 2017 02:26 PM by Logan Albright<p>diego_cervo | Getty Images<p>Font Size<br>• A<br>• A<br>• A<p>Print Images<p>The war on …

Education

8 Statements by Founding Fathers Outright Condemning the Abominable Practice of Slavery

<i>Portraits by Rembrandt Peale, John Vanderlyn, and Gilbert Stuart/Wikimedia Commons</i><p>The Founding Fathers of America were true radicals whose vision for …

History

The Death Of Hindi - Part 2: How Nehru Tried To Strip Hindi Of Its Sanskritic Roots

Snapshot<p>Imagine the plight of English if the kings of England had actively discouraged the study of Latin and barred the use of Latin terms into …

Language

SNL Weekend Update: Tina Fey goes on cake-fueled rant, founding fathers address Trump comments

This week’s edition of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>‘s Weekend Update started and ended with President Donald Trump being ripped over his response to the …

Canadian News

An Alexander Hamilton Cookbook Is Coming This Fall

Learn how to eat like the Founding Fathers.<p>American history buffs and fans of the smash hit musical <i>Hamilton</i> are in for a treat this fall: A new …

Food

Bill Maher on What the Founding Fathers Got Wrong

It’s no secret that the complex machinations of our democracy make a principle like "one person, one vote" much more muddied. The evidence was on …

Bill Maher

Here Are 5 Simple Ways to Resist Tyranny in the Modern Age

Though America’s Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat of tyranny, our country is, now more than ever, vulnerable to authoritarian tendencies. Democracy faces new threats everyday.<p>We can help to steer America’s future in the direction of facts, constructive discourse, and political …

Culture

Make Manhood Great Again? It Never Was.

David Brooks and Peggy Noonan think Trump has destroyed American masculinity—but their idealized era of strong, silent men was always a …

Donald Trump

Scalise: Gun rights are unlimited thanks to Founding Fathers

In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) told Chuck Todd that he would have potentially opposed gun control laws that are already on the books.

U.S. Politics

Donald Trump: Will the United States and the presidency ever recover?

When I decided to hang up my mantle as ABC North America correspondent and head home to Australia, there were still nine Republicans battling it out …

Donald Trump

On Trump and Russia, the system is working

Given the turmoil in Washington and the media’s need for in-the-moment headlines, it can be hard to recognize the inspiring fact that the Founding …

Opinion

Pardon-palooza: Trump could wreak havoc by abusing the presidential pardon

No one knows if the president can pardon himself. But he can damn sure pardon everybody else and let them walk away<p>So how is President Donald Trump spending his time these days on behalf of the American people? It turns out that he is huddling with his high-priced lawyers to devise strategies for …

Jared Kushner