Founding Fathers

“Hamilton” in Denver: Single-ticket on-sale date announced

Fans of the Founding Fathers — and/or musical theater — start your countdown clocks now.The Denver Center for the Performing Arts and producer …

Denver

Why James Madison Hated Democracy

By: Ryan McMaken <br>Why was James Madison so critical of democracies? Moreover, why was he so concerned about them when, according to the definition he …

Conservative 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

“Saturday Night Live” offered a searing take on gun control, and we needed to hear this

On October 1st, a gunman opened fire at a country music festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people and injuring at least 500 others — making …

Gun Control

Saturday Night Live Stages One of the Most Biting Anti-Gun Speeches of the Week

“The investigation into the tragedy in Las Vegas this week has sparked a larger debate in America between people who want commonsense gun control, and people who are wrong,” Colin Jost quipped at the start of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>’s Weekend Update last night, starting off an impassioned, angry, and …

Culture

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

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

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

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

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

History of the lottery

From Roman emperors to U.S. Founding Fathers, lotteries have played an integral part in society throughout the world.

Lotteries

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

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

Engaging in illegal activity is simply not a concern for anyone who has a presidential pardon in their back pocket.<p>It becomes clear that handing the …

Liberal View

Congressman demands White House make Trump’s pardons public

A Democratic congressman has demanded the White House make all presidential pardons public after reports that President Donald Trump and his team …

Government

The Grim History of Federal Spending Since World War II

I spend a lot of my time fretting about how federal spending is going to become an ever-larger (and unsustainable) burden in the future.And I …

Economy

"It's a picture of diverse people": Founding Fathers' descendants unite

It's hard to believe that a bold declaration by a brand new nation would have even more relevance nearly two and a half centuries later.<p>But America …

History

Thank God for the Idea of America

It has often been said that America was founded upon an idea. The country was not formed mainly for power or privilege but in adherence to a set of …

Evangelical Christianity

The Founding Fathers Would Literally Bet on Anything

Our Founding Fathers—particularly those of a Southern persuasion—gambled not only on horses but pretty much everything else.<p>During the Revolution, …

College of William & Mary

Founding Fathers' descendants unite 241 years later to re-create iconic painting

It's hard to believe that a bold declaration by a brand new nation would have even more relevance nearly two and a half centuries later.<p>But America …

Declaration Of Independence

Independence Day links

Want some inspiration? Read Lincoln’s 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: “Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then.” More …

Declaration Of Independence

Nigeria: Negotiating for unity

By Godwin Etakibuebu<b>M</b><b>Y</b> article, published elsewhere, last week titled “As Nigeria breaks: pains, agony and tears of saying goodbye” has been …

Nigeria

July Fourth celebrations distort the risks our Founding Fathers took in 1776

July Fourth — with its cookouts, parades, outdoor parties and fireworks — is a much more lighthearted and festive American holiday than other …

Opinion

Ken Starr warns Trump: Firing Mueller would be an ‘insult to the Founding Fathers’

President Donald Trump is still fuming about being investigated for obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but former Whitewater …

Robert Mueller