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, 17 Feb 2019 17:24:04 -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 e492b13d741b0d2c358125a59c1eb845 Love of Country for 02/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/19/love-of-country-dbdd2 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the next few days, we will celebrate both Valentine's Day and Presidents Day. These holidays bring to mind two of our many presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, who loved our country and sacrificed for it. Both presided over our country during times of vast change, and both put their country before themselves. Most importantly, both imparted guidance that is just as important today as it was during their lifetimes.</p> <p>Two of their speeches highlight their perspective regarding our nation: Washington's Farewell Address and Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address. Both men acknowledged that they were part of a bigger plan (God's plan) and worked to do their part in that plan. Lincoln considered himself an instrument in the hand of God.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> f9856ecd215642c46ec691fc95fe210f 'I Ask You to Choose Greatness' for 02/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/19/i-ask-you-to-choose-greatness Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Tuesday night, President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union address. It was optimistic, inclusive and inspiring. It laid out core differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. And it challenged Americans to act. </p> <p>His connection with the audience was so strong that, at one point, the chamber broke into a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Judah Samet, an audience member who survived the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last October, which killed 11 members of his community. Samet, who turned 81 on Tuesday, also survived the Holocaust, spending 10 months in a concentration camp before being freed by American soldiers. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p> b22e94e3dbb9111f73b8b83cd3de06a4 Media and Money for 01/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/19/media-and-money Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's not surprising that Democratic Party officials are reaching far down into their bench for someone to respond to President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address. When they last selected a candidate for president, Hillary Clinton &#8212; the former senator from New York and former secretary of state &#8212; lost to Trump. Something new is needed, and they are asking Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, to do the honors. Abrams lost the governor's race this past November to Republican Brian Kemp.</p> <p>This is the first time that a former elected official will be the stand-in for the Democratic Party. Recent responders include Rep. Joe Kennedy, D-Mass.; Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C.; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash; and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 31, 2019</p> d03a547c42f650ce3f5ebfc0e9291c52 Anti-Social Media for 01/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/19/anti-social-media-ed361 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This past weekend, Twitter was on fire about an event near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. After a short video clip went viral showing an indigenous drummer and white teenagers wearing "Make America Great Again" hats, (anti-)social media ran with the narrative it knows best: Native American person good, white teenage boys wearing red MAGA hats bad.</p> <p>The teenagers were white, boys, students of a Catholic high school and had attended a pro-life rally. Evidently, those five descriptors together are dangerous. The media and social media pile-on ensued. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 24, 2019</p> 62e80475278e0851aec1a54d34cc0ce5 Day of Service -- Life of Service for 01/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/19/day-of-service-life-of-service Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Monday, we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated when he was only 39 years old. He would have turned 90 this year. This is the perfect time to think through the legacy and the lessons we should take from his too-short life.</p> <p>He delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. It was 100 years after Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. About 250,000 people gathered that day: black, white, young, old, Northerners and Southerners, to be a part of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." <p>Updated: Thu Jan 17, 2019</p> 6f3c9543aba46b1d4e7918591ba3a79a He Said, She and He said for 01/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/19/he-said-she-and-he-said Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The budget shutdown is currently the second-longest on record, on track to break the 1995-96 shutdown, which lasted 21 days. That shutdown &#8212; between President Bill Clinton and my dad, Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., was over a seven-year budget. They eventually compromised and passed a budget.</p> <p>Once the sides have been staked out, it becomes hard to end a shutdown. To properly compromise, both sides need to walk away winning something, to be able to communicate to their side that they that they were successful.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 10, 2019</p> 1218bfc156405a29d6a84286b140712f New Year, New Hope for 01/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/19/new-year-new-hope Thu, 03 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's the start of a new year, a time many people use to start a new habit or project or reach for a professional goal. This week also marks the swearing in of the newly elected members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. There will be much pomp and circumstance as the House transitions from Republican to Democratic control and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., retakes the speaker's gavel. </p> <p>Pelosi served as speaker from 2007 to 2011. She is smart, hardworking and tough. The first order of business will be to see if the government can be reopened. This will require that the House and Senate (led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.), pass legislation that will then move to President Donald Trump's desk for his approval.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 03, 2019</p> d1a4bb682fda2c2ad18323e0d21c9497 Happy Almost New Year for 12/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/18/happy-almost-new-year-00a70 Thu, 27 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Christmas is a special time in our family. Our daughter Maggie loves decorating the tree, and her brother Robert is now tall enough to decorate the top third &#8212; which she and I cannot reach. This year, we waited until Maggie came home from college, so the tree went up a bit later than normal.</p> <p>The highlight of the season is the Christmas Eve service. The pageant, led by children of the church, includes Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus &#8212; but also donkeys, angels, bumblebees, a camel and a dinosaur. (The children can wear any animal costume they would like.) <p>Updated: Thu Dec 27, 2018</p> 35faf7fe1543955be49b8b4a87dc117a This Advent, Let Your Presence Be Your Present for 12/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/18/this-advent-let-your-presence-be-your-present-ed6e8 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Advent is a time of expectation and preparation for the celebration of Christ's birth. While much Christmas hype is focused on the day itself (and the gifts to be purchased and exchanged), Christmas is better thought of as a process &#8212; a time to be savored, day by day, week by week, rather than rushed through to the end.</p> <p>This year, our eldest is a first-year in college, so my husband, her brother and I waited for her to come home before getting our tree. After we put it up and decorated it and the house, we hosted two parties. We have two to go. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 20, 2018</p> 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>