Think Over ‘Under God’

Atheists Pledge of Allegiance

Tina Dupuy: The Pledge is a jingoistic chant created by a children’s publication to celebrate an explorer turned brutal torture-happy tyrant with a Hitler salute. It’s not the best tradition we have in this country.

A Nation of Fear

What Americans Fear

Walter Brasch: We are so afraid that someone else will get something more than we have, so instead of fighting to get better wages and working conditions, we attack unions and public school teachers.

“Exceptional” — Really?

Fighting American Exceptionalism

Frank Fear: Exceptionalism has no place in Progressive vocabulary or practice. Leadership, Progressive-style, can’t tolerate it. Progress starts by taking an honest look in the mirror, seeing warts and all, and then working to get better—for the public good.

Edward Snowden: 21st Century Frank Church?

Intrusive Government Surveillance

Kristie Macrakis: Edward Snowden is the new Frank Church. And reporters Glenn Greenwald and Barton Gellman are the investigative staffers. In the absence of real congressional oversight, whistleblowers and the media have had to step in.

The Governors Who Cried Quarantine

Cuomo Christie Quarantine

Tina Dupuy: The failure of leadership during Hurricane Katrina was vast and widespread, but it started way before the storm. It started with leaders erring on the side of hysteria coupled with the disaster-porn fetish of 24-hour cable news.

Break-ups, Rejections and School Shootings

Preventing School Shootings

Laura Finley: Although sadly it is too late in these school shootings, it is not too late for educators, counselors and parents to help young men through the emotionally difficult middle and high school years, when relationships will inevitably end in breakups.

Violence Against Children: UN Gets It Wrong

Violence Against Children

Robert J. Burrowes: Human beings have a simple choice. We can acknowledge the painful truth that we inflict enormous violence on our children and respond powerfully to that truth. Or we can keep deluding ourselves and, very soon now, walk powerlessly off the cliff edge to extinction.

Understanding and Defeating Resurgent Fascism

US fascism takes three forms: global with bombing, droning and sniping all over; domestic with military weapons used across race and class faultlines; and then National Security Agency spying on everybody.

Robert Burrowes: We like to think that modern leaders oppose fascism but today many political and corporate leaders are fascists and support other fascists when elite interests require it. They just don’t use the word ‘fascist’ to identify themselves.

Yes Means Yes Sexual Assault

Yes Means Yes

Mike Males: But, if “yes means yes” is the right parameter for the revolution (a debate for another forum), why focus only on campuses? Both the 2009 paper and the CDC summaryon sexual violence find much more rape and sexual assault occur outside college than in.

America Is No. 1 — But in What?

America Number One

Lawrence Wittner: When most U.S. government discretionary spending goes for war and preparations for war, it should come as no surprise that the United States emerges No. 1 among nations in its capacity for violence and falls far behind other nations in providing for the well-being of its people.

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