Making Americans With Poetry

Langston Hughes (Photo/National Park Service)

The students had already chosen all of their other graduating class officers with relative ease, but the eighth graders slammed into an awkward silence when pressed to nominate a candidate for their last vote of the day: Class Poet.

Some may have been wondering how the older students they were copying at the high-school decided. Some may have wondered about a common stereotype their teacher reminded them of that said people with darker skin had a naturally better sense of rhythm.

Finally, one broke the silence, stood up shyly and nominated the only dark boy in class. The vote was unanimous: Langston Hughes became a poet.

American Poetry as World Literature

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Russia: Great Patriotic Ally

U.S. Army marches in Moscow. (PHOTO/Reuters)

Imagine if Russia joined us to be 51st of the United States of America.

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Proposition of Policy: Amendment XXVIII to Repeal, Replace Obamacare

Health Care Turning Point: Why Single Payer Won’t Work
By Roger Battistella
(MIT Press, 165 pages, $21.95)

ObamaCare’s fundamental principle, that the United States Congress has the power to make Americans purchase a specific product, could be the ultimate reason why ObamaCare might be led to the same fate as the Revenue Act of 1861, an income tax bill that was also repealed.

But similar to the failed legislation for imposing an income tax prior to 1913, the first step in reforming the American health care system is in deriving just powers from the consent of the governed through a constitutional amendment.

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