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We recently had the honor of attending a naturalization ceremony at the John F Kennedy Library in Boston, bearing witness to the 200+ newest Americans from 59 countries.  Frank shared his own astonishing, classically American story with his fellow immigrants in a moving ceremony that could lead to only one conclusion (video, transcript here). 

All native-born sons and daughters of liberty should attend at least one such event, we believe, to remind ourselves of what this nation really means, and has meant, since the first of us arrived on Jamestown's uncertain shores, the world's biggest dreamers coming from all over the earth to the first and only country founded on ideas and ideals. At the same time, our posts this month focused on another time-honored, more ambi-guous element of American culture, our love affair with guns, as we sought light at the end of the barrel...



Guns or Mental Health?
At the heart of one of our country's most contentious issues, riddled with deceptions, is a very false choice...Read More...


Guns And Butter
A closer look at the culture that reaches for its revolver reveals why advocates are so confident there's no end to the violence, and why we have to prove them wrong...Read More...
  

 
With Congress poised to pass a $1.5T tax cut heavily tilted to the wealthy, Gallup economist and New York Times contributor Jonathan Rockwell takes a look at what's driving income inequality in the US. It's probably not what you think...

Politico contributor Sally Jacobs finds that the Trump administration's restrictive immigration policies are having unintended consequences that could be the opposite of what the government has said it hopes to achieve... 


The Federalist's Meredith Dake O'Connor explains to liberals why their right-wing friends aren't coming to their side on the issue of gun control, no matter how many semi-automatic slaughters occur...

New Yorker columnist Ryan Lizza reveals how Republicans are using an old French gastronomical technique to preserve and protect the presidency of Donald Trump...

Columnist Frank Rich of New York Magazine makes the case that an assassin's bullet fired from a snub-nosed .38 Saturday Night Special in 1972 played a pivotal role in the political landscape we see today...

As the darkest hours of the 20th century are lobbed casually by extremists left and right, Stratfor global analyst Reva Goujon reaches back to 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to illuminate the use and abuse of history... 
More from Ed and Frank:  Get access to the newsletter archives here, and check out the full Pivot Points blog & archive (July 2010-June 2013 here), as well as our Working The Pivot Points and Renewing the Dream websites.  In the interest of full and open disclosure, Frank Islam was on Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee. 

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