Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:11:25 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jackie Gingrich Cushman from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jackie-gingrich-cushman-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman 50fc6af7a49c03b670c1cb6ff87f385c First, You Win the Argument for 12/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/18/first-you-win-the-argument Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tuesday's heated discussion among President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was must-see TV for anyone who cares about the country. </p> <p>The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a possible continuing resolution to fund the government through the holidays. By the end of the meeting, Trump had left no doubt that he wants the resolution to include funding for the southwest border wall. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> 148782f16c4496cf4e540b154f014103 Paris Burned; What Can We Learn? for 12/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/18/paris-burned-what-can-we-learn Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>While French President Emmanuel Macron was in Buenos Aires for the G-20 meeting, thousands of French, yellow-vested protesters were marching in the streets of Paris. As they marched, they were joined by anarchists from the left and right. The protest turned violent, property was defaced, cars burned and/or flipped over and world-renowned treasures were defaced. </p> <p>It ended with three people dead, 260 wounded, more than 400 arrested and over $3 billion in damages. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 2b89e0b3b929f949ff5684b973957739 The Great Shake-Up for 11/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/18/the-great-shake-up Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>After the 2012 election, I had one wish: that the back of the Republican establishment would be broken. Not because they were bad people, or had ill will, but because the Republican Party needed to be shaken up.</p> <p>After two Bush presidencies and two losses in the presidential elections of 2008 and 2012 by Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, something needed to shake up the party. We needed more women, more minorities and more focus on building opportunity for all Americans.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> 94ec0dcc11023ae9572e3cc5af18b5be Giving Thanks for 11/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/18/giving-thanks-7a1aa Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A day of family gatherings, feasting, football and the last respite before the start of the Christmas shopping season. The focus is on spending time together rather than giving gifts and attending cocktail parties.</p> <p>Thanksgiving began in 1621, when the Pilgrims invited the Wampanoag Indians to join them in celebration of the fall harvest. The Indians traveled for several days, created their own camp and stayed with the Pilgrims for three days of feasting and celebration. This first Thanksgiving sounds similar to our tradition of family members invading a relative's home and staying there for days on end.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> 16f9f3a68b8101ed87d1f1e1bb3443ce Happy Warrior for 11/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/18/happy-warrior Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The midterms are over, and speculation about the 2020 presidential race has already started. President Donald Trump dominated the Republican primary in 2016, in part by always being on the offensive and providing the cable news channels with hours upon hours of media-perfect events, whether rallies or debates. As a former reality TV star, Trump understands that being an excellent entertainer gives him an advantage over other candidates.</p> <p>As an incumbent, the coverage he will get will likely be different. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> 7ca465ea42af3f947a6ef1196d2e11f4 Legislate or Investigate for 11/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/18/legislate-or-investigate Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Nationwide, there are massive sighs of relief that the midterms are over and election ads, flyers and robocalls will stop, at least in the short term. After a deluge of money put into races across the country &#8212; leading to various marketing, advertisements and get-out-the-vote programs &#8212; we can return to our normal lives.</p> <p>For President Donald Trump, he can take pride that his incredibly busy campaign rally schedule made a difference. The Republicans maintained control of the Senate and even picked up two seats. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> 63a76ffbe3b0f49c84f9bbc1948eeb71 Vote! for 11/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/18/vote Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It is a little less than a week before the midterm elections. The Republicans are poised to keep the Senate. This is a really big deal. The hearings over Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court reminded the country of the Senate's importance in confirming federal and Supreme Court judges.</p> <p>No matter what else happens this fall, this would be a big victory for Republicans.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> 7d93660987307dc80a2b23c4c95ad581 Exceptionalism Is a Good Thing for 10/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/18/exceptionalism-is-a-good-thing Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, at a rally for Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston, President Donald Trump told an audience of thousands of supporters that he is a nationalist:</p> <p>"You know, they have a word. It sort of became old-fashioned. It's called a 'nationalist.' And I say, 'Really? We're not supposed to use that word.' You know what I am? I'm a nationalist, OK? I'm a nationalist. Nationalist. Use that word. Use that word."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> babba37c5af5c4a686f8498eda54649e Almost Decision Time for 10/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/18/almost-decision-time Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> 43b8c2d1dd87a1b7e67dc339ce3f54e4 Reframe Our Thinking, Reframe Our Actions for 10/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/18/reframe-our-thinking-reframe-our-actions Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>We have less than a month to go before the midterm elections, and my bet is that most of America will be glad when it is over &#8212; no matter what the result.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> f2589a19ce31a1be20843ec1a9336f75 Political Crosswinds for 10/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/18/political-crosswinds Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The midterm winds are blowing hard, and they are carrying plenty of good news for the Republicans &#8212; on the economy, international trade, the Supreme Court and good old-fashioned trust.</p> <p>The economy is booming! Unemployment is below 4 percent. Second-quarter annualized gross domestic product growth was 4 percent. And according to The Conference Board, small-business optimism is at an 18-year high.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 107f70e71827ef728cdcebbca9fd0377 The Speed of Politics for 09/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/the-speed-of-politics Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As Election Day gets closer, the speed of politics increases exponentially. With a little over a month to go, it is warp speed ahead. Let's just review the last week: </p> <p>In a New York Times article titled "The Plot to Subvert an Election," by Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti, the authors acknowledged: "Mr. Trump's frustration with the Russian investigation is not surprising. He is right that no public evidence has emerged showing that his campaign conspired with Russia in the election interference or accepted Russian money."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> 333e2c92cbd9deb755846dba1d2364d5 Midterm Madness for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/midterm-madness Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With less than two months to go, the midterm elections are quickly approaching, madness ensuing. In politics, as an election date nears, activity grows more frantic and frenzied. Often, candidates who trail for months can overtake the front-runner in the last few days. Breaking news can create a wave for or against a candidate or party, and that can swing an election's outcome.</p> <p>Anything can happen.</p> <p>The framework for this midterm election is a mixed bag. Items that help Republicans: control of the House and narrow control of the Senate; a strong economy; Democrats' having voted against the tax cut bill (which has been successful). And many Democrats are outspoken against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a losing issue with the overall electorate.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 600791dd8798678707330c0b22cf2233 Yes? No? Good? Bad? How to Increase Your Chances of Getting the Right Call for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/yes-no-good-bad-how-to-increase-your-chances-of-getting-the-right-call Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wouldn't it be simple if the answers to life were always yes or no? Unfortunately, they rarely are. People and the lives they lead are complex, messy and complicated. When we try to view the world through yes or no, good or bad lenses, we are often mistaken. </p> <p>When we do this, we often put ourselves in the good category and the others in the bad. This can lead us to judge others harshly while letting our own mistakes slide. The truth is often messier. Yes, we are good, and, yes, because we are human, we are bad. We all have biases and prejudices, and if we attribute them only to others, we can misjudge them.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 3fcd21707b8b37dc89622f7dfcb642b8 Elections Have Consequences for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/elections-have-consequences Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Labor Day is past. Most schools have begun. And the mad dash to Election Day is here. This week's news cycle has been dominated by the hearings for President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Tuesday's hearings started with a coordinated protest from Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and professional activists looking for media attention.</p> <p>Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., interrupted and grandstanded &#8212; no doubt looking to use their questions for their own promotional purposes. The fact is that with the Republicans in control of the Senate, there is no way for the Democratic senators to block the confirmation.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 3f1deaccb8499db106c87a2176626498 Care About Teachers, for Our Future's Sake for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/care-about-teachers-for-our-futures-sake Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Labor Day is approaching, and school is back in session, or soon will be. Our eldest is a freshman in college, and our second is a junior in high school. My husband, Jimmy, and I have decades of experience as parents and as partners with the schools that they have attended.</p> <p>In my experience, any school's most important assets are its teachers. Yes, facilities, administrators, programs and parent involvement cannot be ignored, but the teachers are what matter most. That's because learning happens somewhere between the teacher and the student.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> c8e100ea135c6a8346b3e0747eb78060 Without Malice, With Charity for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/without-malice-with-charity-1b747 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In today's fast paced, social media fueled environment, we often appear to be jumping to conclusions without charity, and with malice. Trolling, gaslighting and doxing are designed to create controversy, undermine people and expose them for persecution. </p> <p>Instead of creating a future together, we look back, focusing on the errors and terrors of the past. We become so intent on remembering the past that we forget to create bridges, between ourselves in the present. We need these bridges so we can create a better future together. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> c47051a3a78fef2efcb96e4560a5c7d0 Champion Capitalism for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/champion-capitalism Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Gallup announced this past Monday, "for the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism." </p> <p>It's not that Democrats have suddenly decided to embrace socialism, the poll found. "The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47 percent positive this year &#8212; lower than in any of the three previous measures." <p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 8065556856310afd076efbe033d32b8e The Stories We Tell for 08/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/the-stories-we-tell Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every day we tell ourselves stories... stories about why we do what we do and stories about why others do what they do. Stories are important not just for simple entertainment, but also for education and indoctrination. <span class="column--highlighted-text">What we believe happened in the past influences our present and helps create our future.</span> The best stories contain not only a moral, where good triumphs over evil, but they engage us intellectually and emotionally so they are memorable.</p> <p>"Stories impose meaning on the chaos," Jim Loehr wrote in "The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life." To help us understand the world around us, stories "organize and give context to our sensory experiences. ... Facts are meaningless until you create a story around them. ... A story is our creation of a reality; indeed our story matters more than what actually happened," Loehr concluded.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 3e3551201f94cef1537706e7799c94ea The Pause Before the Storm for 08/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/the-pause-before-the-storm Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do." In today's rapid-paced reactionary world, it appears that many of us are all offended, offensive or both. Spend a little time on Twitter, Facebook or watching mainstream media outlets. Notice how offended or offensive gets the coverage, the likes, the retweets and the comments. The steady stream of personal attacks and outrage are, well, outrageous.</p> <p>With an inbuilt fight-or-flight response, it's hard not to stop and stare at the spectacle and be either offended or offensive. Remember the last time you resisted &#8212; or attempted to resist &#8212; the temptation to check out Twitter or connect to another app? Were you successful? Probably not; possibly the result was one storm after another, with no break.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p>