George Washington’s first inaugural address set the course for a new nation. Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural knit that nation together after it nearly split in two. Can the modern inaugural hold a candle to the urgency and power of those that came before?
Williamsburg, Va. -- New citizens recite the Oath of Allegiance today in Williamsburg's historic colonial Capitol. This act formalizes their status as naturalized citizens of the United States of America.
We welcome comments from these citizens here on what their American citizenship means to them. Already a citizen? Citizenship isn’t a spectator sport—tell others how you became a citizen and what citizenship means to you.
By Miguel R. Salazar.
Reprinted with permission from the author and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Mexico Institute
Barack Obama was elected president for a second time last night. In his victory speech he referenced the importance of national diversity and renewed his commitment to move immigration reform forward.
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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 charges of child sexual abuse. Will this high profile case change how we view our responsibility to safeguard the welfare of others?
Colonial Williamsburg -- June 14, 2012, commemorates the adoption of the United States flag. For others, Flag Day also celebrates new American citizens who will recite the Oath of Allegiance and formalize their status as naturalized citizens of the United States of America.
New citizens are invited to comment here on what their American citizenship means to them. Citizenship isn’t a spectator sport—tell others how you became a citizen and what citizenship means to you.
By James E. Davis, H. Michael Hartoonian, Richard D. Van Scotter, & William E. White
Ask most social critics what ails America, and "low-performing public schools" will be high on the list. Pundits offer little supporting data (as if the pronouncement were self-evident), but when they do, they usually refer to test scores, not higher-level thinking skills, creativity, and resourcefulness—the tangible abilities that best serve a democratic society and market economy. K-12 schools, in effect, have become a scapegoat for a society incapable of or unwilling to face deeper problems associated with our education system.
In Washington, the contest between House of Representatives and President Barack Obama over increasing the federal debt ceiling is approaching a July 22 deadline. But it may be that there is no need of any action at all; that no expenditures need be cut and no revenues need be enhanced.
Discussion about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's account of Paul Revere's ride makes us wonder--how well do we know what happened that day in April 1775? Read an account of the events of Lexington and Concord, including Revere’s ride, in "Throw down your arms, ye villains, ye Rebels, Disperse!" How do you think it squares with Palin’s version, and the analyses of her statements?
What was your reaction to the news of Osama bin Laden's death? What impact do you think his death will have on U.S. relations with other countries?