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How to Study Thomas Jefferson and Apply His Values

June 7th, 2013

Over his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson wrote letters, hundreds upon hundreds of letters, and it is from his letters that we glean most of his thoughts on religion and government. Jefferson believed in and valued democracy, the basic rule of the majority as long as the majority does not abuse or coerce the minority. He didn’t like the idea of a strong central government as favored by John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. He believed instead in decentralization, for Read the rest of this entry »

Watching political TV shows to get involved

April 2nd, 2013

These days, political TV programs are all over the airwaves. You’ll see plenty of political news shows with And many of them provide not only information on current events, but also the entertainment of watching people from different sides of the political spectrum battle it out in heated arguments.

If you simply want a rundown of current events and political news, you might turn to one of the half-hour 6:30 p.m. newscasts on the major networks, or the first half hour of network morning news shows like “Today” on NBC and “Good Morning America” on ABC. These broadcasts summarize important recent occurrences and provide breaking news coverage. For their part, Sunday morning news programs offer lengthier interviews with political figures, and roundtable conversations between media figures and the occasional politician. These Sunday shows include “Meet the Press” on NBC, “This Week” on ABC and “Face the Nation” on CBS. Further, news magazines such as “60 Minutes,” airing Sunday evenings on CBS, and “Nightline,” airing late weekday nights on ABC, examine specific issues in detail.

For daily discussions of politics, you can always view cable news shows dedicated to commentary and debate. On Fox News, such hour-long prime-time offerings as “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” analyze the news from a mostly conservative perspective. Meanwhile, their counterparts on MSNBC, shows hosted by Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell – among others – offer progressive takes on political happenings. If you are a conservative, you might want to check out MSNBC just to find out what “the other side” is thinking, and vice versa for progressives.

Why the Liberty Bell Was Created In the First Place

April 1st, 2013

Nearly every American recognizes the Liberty Bell as a symbol of the country’s independence, but most people do not know the origins of the icon. In 1752, the bell was commissioned from Lester and Pack, a London firm. The bell was cast with a quotation from Leviticus 25:10 that proclaimed liberty throughout the land.

The bell cracked for the first time when it was initially rung after arriving in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Local workmen John Stow and John Pass recast it twice, and both their last names are inscribed on the bell.

In the years following Read the rest of this entry »

How to Talk to Your Parents About Politics

June 7th, 2012

Talking politics with one’s parents can often be difficult. After all, many young people tend to think that their parents will automatically dismiss their political thoughts or feelings. As such, it is important to learn how to talk about politics with one’s parents.

The real key to talking to your parents about politics is respect. You may feel passionate about your own views, and naturally so, but it is also important to remember that your parents are human Read the rest of this entry »

Telling the Difference Between the Republican and Democratic Party

June 3rd, 2012

Telling the difference between the Republican and Democratic Party has tended to shift over time. The views of Democrats from John F. Kennedy’s time are very different as compared to those of the Democrats of today. Likewise, Republican views are not as similar as those held by Ronald Reagan from as recently as the 80′s.

The easiest way to tell the difference between a member of the Republican Party and a member of the Democratic Party is to listen to them for Read the rest of this entry »

How the Founding Fathers Would View America Today

June 1st, 2012

America’s founding fathers; Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and others had a very specific view of what a public servant looked like. They had very specific views, which did not always agree one with the other, on how things should be set up in this country.

In the beginning our founding fathers believed religion should be an intrinsic part of a public servant guiding their moral decisions. They fled from an oppressive government who used Read the rest of this entry »

The Future of Politics and What You Can Do About It

May 28th, 2012

Politicians today are towing the party line more than ever before. Compromise is a dirty word in today’s political world. As citizens of this great country we feel powerless. What can I do? Seems to be the question asked by today’s younger generation.

First of all let me say that you are our future. You are the politicians and activists of the future, and you can begin to change that future for the better today. Regardless of your political beliefs get involved. Become part of the solution and do not Read the rest of this entry »

Writing Your Congressman: How to Do It

May 25th, 2012

Writing your congressman is as easy as writing any other individual. You can find their address online either for their in-state offices or their offices in Washington, DC. Once you have the address for your congressman you must have something to say.

When writing your letter to your congressman keep a few things in mind. First, they receive a large volume of mail each day most of which is opened by staffers. In this post 9/11 world packages and large envelopes are usually not the best way to send correspondence to a government Read the rest of this entry »