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 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 15:42:08 -0700 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 8f9d875975015ce841a30e9ca9f060a1 Proud To Be an American for 07/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/20/proud-to-be-an-american-31a0c Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country &#8212; not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different &#8212; and exceptional &#8212; structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American. </p> <p>We declared our independence from Great Britain 244 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. We were pushed into action over time &#8212; and act we did, finally.</p> <p>The taxation began in the 1760s; the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770; the Boston Tea Party in 1773; and the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 02, 2020</p> 217e7cdea4d1d8e05538b9715a049b97 Sitting With Our Outrage for 06/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/sitting-with-our-outrage Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>These past few months have been tumultuous for our nation. If I could transport myself back to the first day of this year and explain to my friends what the state of the world would be six months later, they never would believe me. The COVID-19 pandemic, protests, riots, outrage everywhere. Unfortunately, here we are, for now.</p> <p>As I caught up with a community leadership group over Zoom last night, I talked about my son finishing high school but losing the opportunity to attend prom, enjoy the last semester of his senior year or visit all of the colleges that accepted him. During his transition, I was stoic and matter-of-fact with him, but while recounting his experience (or lack thereof), I found myself choking up. I had not taken the time to pause and acknowledge that things have played out differently than anticipated.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 25, 2020</p> cd17c4901c3d2dfeb862d876d91d6144 Trump's Possible Path to Victory for 06/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/trumps-possible-path-to-victory Thu, 18 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The COVID-19 pandemic stalled our economy and left millions without jobs and stuck in their houses. Then came the protests, attended by many now willing to brave the risk posed by the virus. </p> <p>While our economy is starting to regain traction, President Donald Trump's reelection chances will be determined by our country's "ability to bounce back after encountering difficulty." That's the definition of resilience in the book "Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges" by Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 18, 2020</p> c962a78eb15dc22ccc30b22be7b0aa45 Empathy, Not Sympathy for 06/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/empathy-not-sympathy Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>George Floyd was buried this week. It was clear to me when I watched the video that his death was tragic and unfair. It also seems that, to many Americans, his death brought to mind other tragic deaths that have occurred. For those who view Floyd's death as another one of many, it must seem tragically unfair. </p> <p>The weight of this understanding: heavy and almost unbearable.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 11, 2020</p> a6d6d4a2a6b54639f74caf35e501c5d0 Listen Instead of Ranting for 06/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/20/listen-instead-of-ranting Thu, 04 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There has always been something different about America. We declared our freedom from a monarch and acknowledged that our rights were from God, not man. The rights enumerated included life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We then loaned rights to our government to allow for the governance of our nation but always retained the rights of the individuals. </p> <p>While we were not all free, nor did we have the right to vote at the time of our nation's birth, through civil war, the civil rights movement, and the women's suffrage and rights movements, we have moved toward attaining the ideals outlined at our founding. Movement toward perfecting this vision of independence has often been short-lived, interrupted by reversals and injustices. But, overall, we have kept moving forward. It's the forward movement that is important. While the pace might seem slow, the journey is great. We must not grow weary of doing the work that is needed to experience the freedoms enumerated at our founding.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 04, 2020</p> 0fa5bc5511c469233efe52d313263656 Stay Shut; Open up -- Another Way for 05/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/stay-shut-open-up-another-way Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Stay shut or open up" is the current political argument. In its most simplistic form, it's painted as a choice between saving lives (stay shut) or helping the economy (open up). As with many supposedly two-choice options, it's both false and ill-framed. Just remember: When people give you two choices &#8212; it's often a sign that they have not thought deeply enough about the problem and potential solutions &#8212; there are often many potential solutions.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yes, we can focus on both saving lives and restarting the economy.</span><p>Updated: Thu May 28, 2020</p> ada4a41c02b7a69d6f6c470f19e17d08 Remembering the Cost of a Free and Undivided Republic for 05/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/remembering-the-cost-of-a-free-and-undivided-republic-da218 Thu, 21 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Memorial Day normally equates to BBQ, sales and pool openings, the beginning of summer. Many people travel to a beach, lake or mountain. Some traditions include visiting a memorial cemetery to honor the fallen. This year, the number of Americans traveling is expected to be far below last year's record-breaking 43 million, according to the American Automobile Association, even below the 31 million who traveled in 2009, during the Great Recession. Whether we travel or not, we should honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. </p> <p>It's the day to remember those who gave their lives to keep our country safe, free, so we can work toward prosperity. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the Civil War. The graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated to honor their sacrifice &#8212; their lives &#8212; to keep our country united. Credit for Memorial Day goes to John Logan, who had served as an Illinois congressman prior to the Civil War, volunteered as a Union soldier and was promoted during the war to general. After the war, in 1868, he issued an order to honor those who had died in the war.</p> <p>"The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country," the order said. "We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance." Logan described their deaths as "the cost of free and undivided republic."<p>Updated: Thu May 21, 2020</p> fb1330fb15d7f28f7b080d56c1d860a9 Read the Transcript -- Again for 05/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/read-the-transcript-again Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, Attorney General William Barr was interviewed by Catherine Herridge, a CBS News correspondent, regarding the Department of Justice decision to end the prosecution of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. </p> <p>In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador to the United States, but he filed in January 2020 to rescind his guilty plea based on the "bad faith, vindictiveness and breach of the plea agreement." <p>Updated: Thu May 14, 2020</p> f1958db17551c658aa203e3f10b3ceef Exit Strategy -- Time for Creative Thinking for 05/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/20/exit-strategy-time-for-creative-thinking Thu, 07 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In March we learned about flattening the curve and social distancing (which should have been labeled "physical distancing") to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The goal was to lower the number of cases to ensure that the supply of hospital beds, and especially ventilators, was not overwhelmed by the need for them. The goal was not to totally stop the pandemic but to push the number of cases into a longer time frame to allow the health system to handle those who needed additional assistance. </p> <p>According to Maria Godoy's March 13 NPR article "Flattening a Pandemic's Curve: Why Staying Home Now Can Save Lives": "It's all part of an effort to do what epidemiologists call flattening the curve of the pandemic. The idea is to increase social distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus, so that you don't get a huge spike in the number of people getting sick all at once. If that were to happen, there wouldn't be enough hospital beds or mechanical ventilators for everyone who needs them, and the U.S. hospital system would be overwhelmed."<p>Updated: Thu May 07, 2020</p> 3c2b493d99223a7f08703962995421d6 During This Pandemic Pause, Let History Inspire for 04/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/during-this-pandemic-pause-let-history-inspire Thu, 30 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today, more than ever, it's important to remember we are part of an exceptional nation that has overcome many adversities in our past. This is such a challenging time for all of us, and it's easy to be frightened and scared.<span class="column--highlighted-text"> It has really helped me to remember the challenges we have overcome together as a nation.</span></p> <p>Early last month, at the beginning of our quarantine, I began watching a series of videos about our nation's history following the chapters of my second book, "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own." In addition to reminding myself and others about our nation's history, it has also made me think through where we should go from here. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 30, 2020</p> 78789e212929b4d8ad54a18abd976edd Good Stewards of the Earth for 04/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/good-stewards-of-the-earth Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. When I was a child, my father (former House Speaker Newt Gingrich) was an environmental studies professor at West Georgia College in Carrollton. In 1971, our family spent the second Earth Day picking up trash from the side of a road. We often hiked, canoed and camped at the Okefenokee Swamp. </p> <p>One of my earliest memories is the "Keep America Beautiful" commercial, which was produced for the first Earth Day. It portrayed what appeared to be an American Indian crying over the pollution that littered our country. Later, we found out that the actor was neither an Indian nor really crying. But his message was real: We should take care of the land that we inhabit.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 23, 2020</p> f73ea23b1ad9074795dc50fffec12abf Help Students Skill up for 04/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/help-students-skill-up Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the past few months, we've experienced massive changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have lost their jobs or been furloughed. Many of us who are working are working from home. Children, teenagers and college students have transitioned to online learning, with college students moving back home. With no change in scenery for those of us who are homebound, the days seem to both stretch forever and fly by. </p> <p>It seems to be a time of contradictions.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 16, 2020</p> fb5680d4ed7c9027c27b5fbfc7b55bee Easter, Resurrection and Life for 04/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/easter-resurrection-and-life Thu, 09 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This Easter season is surreal. If you had tried to explain to me last year where we (my family, my community and our nation) would be due to the coronavirus pandemic, I would not have believed you. Yet, here we are: sheltering in place, earning from home, working from home, cut off physically from others but possibly technologically connected. </p> <p>In our home, my husband, Jimmy, and I are working, and both of our children are distance learning. All four of us spend most of our days staring at our computers, connected to others through voice and video. We are blessed to be in a home with Wi-Fi internet connection during this time, well aware that many families have harder struggles. Still, in our cocooned home, it's easy to lose track of days, date and time of day. Without a change in scenery or a change in routine, it has become hard to distinguish one day from another. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 09, 2020</p> 24e4cb89d80fc2462b4b86d964fbc5d4 FBI Earned an F for FISA for 04/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/20/fbi-earned-an-f-for-fisa Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">While COVID-19 is taking up much of the news cycle, there are other things that must be attended to as well. This week's report by the FBI Office of the Inspector General gives the FBI a zero for its performance in reviewing 29 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications.</span><br></p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The bottom line is that the FBI is not following procedures for FISA applications, which allow the bureau to surveil U.S. citizens.</span> As U.S. citizens, we should <i> demand </i> that the procedures be followed completely. The sad part is that this is not the first time such failures have been revealed &#8212; and that the rules and regulations that were put together to prevent such abuse are not being followed.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 02, 2020</p> 6e1d23f23b0144286a371a05cbe43317 My Mom's Mantra for 03/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/my-moms-mantra Thu, 26 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My mom grew up in what she called a middle-class family, with one car, hand-me-downs for the children and an ice cream cake for her 16th birthday. She endured polio as a small child, pulling herself up to watch the other children play outside until she gained enough strength to go outside as well. She didn't complain often and was determined to do her best. Her mantra was "Do the best you can with what you have at the time."</p> <p>For the next few months, nearly all of us will not only witness but also be part of an ongoing period of wrenching change, one that has no clear ending, a journey without a clear map or destination. We will have little or no control. It's human nature to be anxious, unsure and incredibly uneasy during such times. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 26, 2020</p> b6d702007c86423f08c99858ce428a80 Slow Down, and Breathe for 03/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/slow-down-and-breathe Thu, 19 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of us, the amount of change and information we have absorbed in the past few weeks is overwhelming. As humans, when we are overwhelmed, we are scared; when we are scared, we panic; and when we panic, we tend to make bad decisions. Our first goal should be to slow down and just breathe &#8212; even if it's only for a few seconds.</p> <p>Then slow down again and breathe again &#8212; more slowly and deeply, belly breaths. Try this for at least three breaths, the lower in your belly, the better for your body &#8212; the goal is to use your lungs and not just move your chest in and out. Now you have physically relaxed yourself, if only just a bit.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 19, 2020</p> e205a614a060f583c7243bd061619539 More Than Money for 03/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/more-than-money Thu, 12 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our country spends over a trillion dollars a year on anti-poverty programs. We address the symptoms, providing food, shelter, health care. But it's time to face the fact that many of these programs are not working. Our poverty rate hasn't changed in half a century.</p> <p>Money does not appear to be the solution. Sure, it helps, and no, we should not just cut the programs to zero. But<span class="column--highlighted-text"> it's time for us to face the fact that, while we've made living in poverty easier, we have not made it easier for individuals and families to move out of poverty; the solution will take more than money.</span><p>Updated: Thu Mar 12, 2020</p> ec84ee94ad284cdeeee477d229bd4b5e Biden Versus Trump: Where Are We Heading? for 03/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/20/biden-versus-trump-where-are-we-heading Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In politics, it's often not who you want to vote for but who you don't want to vote for, and while policies are important, personality drives a lot of the decision-making. Often pollsters ask, "Does the candidate care about people like me?" Now they ask, "Does the candidate care about the same people I care about?"</p> <p>The ability to connect with and care about others is vitally important for candidates and has fueled former Vise President Joe Biden's surge in the Democratic primary process. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Voters care if you are competent, but they also care if you are warm.</span> Incompetent and cold equals a clown; incompetent and warm equals well-meaning. Competent and cold equals egotistical; the sweet spot is competent and warm. That's Biden's current position in the Democratic primaries. The question is will he be viewed as competent or incompetent in the general election (assuming he wins the Democratic nomination), and will President Donald Trump be viewed as cold or warm?<p>Updated: Thu Mar 05, 2020</p> 3444e90bbf1d528603d4fb72765332f2 Trump's Rally Cry for 02/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/trumps-rally-cry Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What a week's it's already been. The coronavirus is spreading in Asia and has moved into Europe, disrupting conferences and businesses. Stocks fell over 6% in the first two days of the week, and the Democratic National Committee held a debate in South Carolina prior to the Saturday primary and Super Tuesday next week. </p> <p>It's only Wednesday.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 27, 2020</p> 807505e09d1584fb81f361584e300754 You Really Don't Know It All for 02/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/20/you-really-dont-know-it-all Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We have two dogs as part of our household. Bunny is a 20-pound rescue whom our daughter, Maggie, found seven years ago. Bunny is quick, excitable, fun and can jump a very long way. She likes getting petted and will jump in your lap if requested &#8212; but not for long. She's the barker in our home. She barks at visitors, squirrels, people walking by and even herself in the mirror. She often doesn't appear to know why she's barking; she just knows she has to bark. We call it "Bunny barking" and tend to ignore it. </p> <p>Midnight, a black 80-pound Labrador, is the matriarch of the house, with a gray muzzle and a persistent manner. She's loving and attentive and will nudge your hand or your leg until you pet her. Once you begin, it's hard to stop; if you do, she will nudge you again, and again, repeatedly. It's only after a few minutes of failing to elicit a response that she will finally give up and "go lie down." She does not bark unless accidently stepped on, so when she barks, we pay attention. She ignores a lot, only paying attention to what physically hurts her.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 20, 2020</p>