A New America: Who Says We Can’t Do It?

Who says we can’t make it? Who says that this nation of muscle and dreams, of imagination and strength, can’t last through the next millennium? Who says differences will tear us apart and pettiness will drive holes in our moral structures? Who says that different peoples with different voices will crack the melting pot we have created when their voices rise as individuals in a mass culture? Who says that men who love men and women who love women will …

Obama: Social Security, Medicare ‘Strengthen Us’

President Barack Obama made a forceful case for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in his second inaugural address Monday, surrounded by members of Congress who have clashed on what role those programs should play in solving the nation’s budget problems. “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit,” Obama said. “But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and …

Living Up To Expectations

After President Obama’s inaugual address many Americans have high expecations. How have we lived up to past addresses?

Volunteering on MLK Day: Guest Blogger, John Reinhart

You don’t see it at first. The stuff. You see the river, rimmed with ice, and the sky and the boats at anchor. You see the marshy shoreline, stark in its tangled winter cover in countless hues of brown. I’d come this morning to the Dyke Marsh area of the Potomac River – directly south of Old Town Alexandria on the George Washington Parkway – to help remove debris from the river’s edge. Not much to do, I thought. I …