ON-Lion Letter
In 2008, The Bradley Project on America's National Identity released its report, E Pluribus Unum -- the product of a two-year study involving a number of the nation's leading public intellectuals, policy experts, academics, educators, and opinionmakers.  E Pluribus Unum calls for a national dialogue on America's national identity.

In January, The Weekly Standard's Mary Katharine Ham entered the conversation.  In the wake of a Bradley Project open letter calling on Barack Obama to use events surrounding his Inauguration and State of the Union address to strengthen our national unity and national purpose, Ham writes in a blog entry that "Obama has shown himself to be perfectly at ease talking about America's pluralism, his unique past, and America's promise as illustrated by his own pluralistic past propelling him to the Presidency.  But the Bradley Project on America's National Identity has put in a request for other subjects.

"The Bradley Project was started to study and reverse the erosion of a unified national identity that comes from connection to the country's values and history -- values and history, that is, without the Ward Churchillian twist they're so often given in public schools and colleges these days," she continues in "Obama's Teachable Moment on American Identity."  "Their advice for Obama's teachable moment, which will undoubtedly be watched by huge crowds in person and on TV:  The link between our founding principles and self-government in this new century."

Ham then forcefully seconds the advice, agreeing with Bradley Project recommendations regarding how America's history should be better taught.
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