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 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 06:35:27 -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 fd7e0616e699e41dc4ef3b4f8af649aa The Gaslighting of the American People for 04/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/21/the-gaslighting-of-the-american-people-ce139 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Project Veritas released a video of Charlie Chester, a CNN technical director, talking to a woman who recorded him during what he thought were "dates"; she had purposely targeted him and videoed him surreptitiously. While you might not agree with her tactics, her videos reveal that CNN was involved in what proved to be a successful media campaign to control the political process.</p> <p>"Look what we did, we got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that, if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out," Chester said. "Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that's what it was."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 15, 2021</p> 48388d0bed2aecd7c22974ff30e6fbd4 Grounded in Truth and Reality for 04/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/21/grounded-in-truth-and-reality Thu, 08 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1989, the Polish Solidarity used the slogan "May Poland be Poland. 2 + 2 must always equal four." While this might seem to be a simple factual statement, it was in fact a declaration that statements that had been passed off as facts were, in reality, lies. It was a declaration that truth had to be at the forefront of the movement to crush communism if it was going to succeed.</p> <p>Today, that slogan still applies. If Republicans want to win the vote, they first have to win the argument, and it's hard to win any argument if the other side won't agree to the underlying definitions of words. If a speaker's identity is more important than what he or she says, we are no longer grounded in truth and reality.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 08, 2021</p> cbe2e346f8d5b08140880daf9da1b396 Better Communication for 04/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/21/better-communication Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The fact is that 3.5 voters support voter identification laws for every 1 voter who opposes them. </p> <p>But the news media and Democratic activist groups are equating voter ID laws with voter suppression. They are doing this at the top of their lungs and their screaming is drowning out the views of the vast majority of voters (75%), who "believe voters should be required to show photo identification such as a driver's license before being allowed to vote," according to a poll released by Rasmussen Reports two weeks ago (1,000 surveyed March 14-15, 95%, +/- 3 points). "Only 21% are opposed to such a requirement." <p>Updated: Thu Apr 01, 2021</p> 25625362eeb587d33255c5df4c8374bf Shameless for 03/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/21/shameless Thu, 25 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Whoever is in charge of naming the Democratic bills in the House of Representatives must have a twisted sense of humor. Let's take a few examples. The so-called Equality Act is an Inequality Act. If the bill is passed, parents of minors who do not allow them to undergo medical transgender procedures could have their children removed from the home. Additionally, it would allow biological males who have undergone medical transgender procedures to compete in women's sports. There is nothing sporting or fair about that. </p> <p>The Equality Act would certainly not make girls sports more equal.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 25, 2021</p> 7193c0a1bd77df5d5aa766727a187b77 Public Health, Private Anguish for 03/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/21/public-health-private-anguish Thu, 18 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last year, we began what was supposed to be a short lockdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19-related hospitalizations. It's a year later and we are still mostly locked down. This past year has been particularly hard on young adults, according to a story in The Wall Street Journal titled "Pandemic Loneliness Is Hitting Young Adults Especially Hard." </p> <p>In fact, "61% of young people ages 18 to 25 reported serious loneliness in the prior month, compared with 24% in adults ages 55 to 65," wrote reporter Anne Marie Chaker. These statistics came from a report from Making Caring Common, part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> 44a9f5a302cfc0e56308351118e02826 Free Your Thinking for 03/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/21/free-your-thinking Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is so much information in our world today, it's hard to know what is real information, what is misinformation and what is disinformation. To deal with the ever-increasing volume of data, we often look to other people or institutions to determine how to process the information. This is particularly true in politics and news, which have become more and more partisan. This allows us to process information quickly, with the underlying belief that we are right. This is heightened when politics crosses into other parts of our lives, such as religion, that hold great meaning for us.</p> <p>Every so often, we realize that those on whom we rely might not be so reliable. We shift our perspective, gain new information and often attempt to think independently. If we allow ourselves to question our beliefs, or the institutions or people in whom we normally put our faith, then we have to spend enormous energy thinking. And let's face it &#8212; thinking is hard.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 11, 2021</p> 60732d4e6e4e70a6bb32a4a348882c56 Simple Terms for 03/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/21/simple-terms Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This week marked "Read Across America Day," a day to encourage and celebrate the joy of reading, especially among our children. Read Across America was established by the National Education Association in 1998 and falls on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump referred to Dr. Seuss as part of their proclamations for the day. In 2016, Obama called Dr. Seuss "one of America's revered wordsmiths," and said that "Theodor Seuss Geisel &#8212; or Dr. Seuss &#8212; used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear.</p> <p>"Through a prolific collection of stories, he made children see that reading is fun, and in the process, he emphasized respect for all; pushed us to accept ourselves for who we are; challenged preconceived notions and encouraged trying new things; and by example, taught us that we are limited by nothing but the range of our aspirations and the vibrancy of our imaginations."<p>Updated: Thu Mar 04, 2021</p> 65b99bf56a1793f82f5d56b9f959932b Elevate Your Thinking for 02/25/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/21/elevate-your-thinking Thu, 25 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you've seen the signs reading, "Science is real," heard the phrase, "follow the science" or been told to "trust in science," and if these statements have often been used to try to curb your dissent, free thinking and discussion &#8212; then elevate your thinking. These statements are the opposite of scientific inquiry, <span class="column--highlighted-text">which is the process of hypothesizing, testing and knowing that the answer is often that the hypothesis is wrong but the free flow of ideas is important to the advancement of knowledge.</span></p> <p>This blind trust and required following ignores the fact that science changes over time. If this were not so, we would still be bleeding patients in order to get rid of the diseases that were invading their bodies. Bloodletting was used for thousands of years. In 1799, when our first president, George Washington, was feeling bad, he "asked to be bled the next day, and physicians drained an estimated 5 to 7 pints in less than 16 hours," according to History.com. He died a few days later. Guessing you would prefer not to have 5 to 7 pints drained from you if you woke up with a sore throat and felt a bit off.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 25, 2021</p> 42ca30bf6eb86ed72d0b97330b902616 The Unbearable Heaviness of Being Divisive for 02/18/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/21/the-unbearable-heaviness-of-being-divisive Thu, 18 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This past week, former President Donald Trump was acquitted for a second time after being impeached. This time, the charge was for inciting an insurrection. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had written an email to Republican colleagues Saturday giving them cover for voting not to convict. "While a close call, I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we therefore lack jurisdiction," he said in his email.</p> <p>After the acquittal vote Saturday, McConnell spoke from the floor of the Senate, and laid out his belief regarding Trump's part in the uprising. "There is no question, none," said McConnell, "that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day." He voted against conviction, he said, because Trump was no longer president, and therefore, in his view, no longer impeachable.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 18, 2021</p> 3fa0b711338db833709d0a476dde670a Small Positive Steps Build Hope for 02/11/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/21/small-positive-steps-build-hope Thu, 11 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>When faced with a crisis, our physiological response is to fight or flee. This is the automatic response because for millions of years, it gave us a better chance of living until tomorrow. If faced with a mortal enemy, that is the best response. But rarely are we faced with a mortal enemy that requires instantaneous action, even if we think it does. Instead, we are often faced with challenges that require strategic thinking: the ability to breathe, assess and take positive action &#8212; however small. This gap between our automatic human nature and our ability to control our responses is the spark that drives the personal development field.</p> <p>The growing personal development industry, valued at over $11 billion in the United States, includes Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Mel Robbins and other leaders. Many of us have either read Dale Carnegie or taken his classes. One of his phrases that sticks in my head is, "Don't criticize, condemn, or complain." Ahh, this should be required reading for all Americans. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 11, 2021</p> 53e9b580095ae809b96f691282d361cd Time to Move on From Anger for 02/04/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/02/21/time-to-move-on-from-anger Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Saturday marks President Ronald Reagan's 110th birthday. Without Reagan, the outcome of the Cold War would have been much different. He was a Hollywood actor before becoming the governor of California and a two-term president. In 1987, during a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, he challenged the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, to "tear down this wall!" While many political reviewers scoffed at him at the time, the wall came down two years later. The world's history was changed.</p> <p>Reagan beat incumbent President Jimmy Carter by 10% of the popular vote and won reelection by 18% of the popular vote. He was steady, determined, and he smiled even when he disagreed with someone, holding firm to his principles. He believed in the resilience of the people of our country. He did not disparage his opponents but differentiated between good motives and bad outcomes. "Regardless of their sincerity, of their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course," he said.<p>Updated: Thu Feb 04, 2021</p> 4eafe1269ff3cdf351a21a0d66a3f0c0 Actions More Important Than Words for 01/28/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/21/actions-more-important-than-words Thu, 28 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>During his inauguration speech last week, President Joe Biden called for unity, and millions of Americans watched and applauded. The words were hopeful, inspiring and forward-looking. Biden said: "To all those who did not support us, let me say this: Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. And if you still disagree, so be it. That's democracy. That's America &#8212; the right to dissent peaceably. ... I will be a president for all Americans."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">For many Trump supporters, the words were welcome. But the words soon fell away as Biden began signing executive orders that belied his call to unity.</span> Unfortunately, some of the Democrats' calls for unity have now become calls for agreement, calls to help the party achieve its goals. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 28, 2021</p> 295fb89cfb834999ee0f368ded2e10dc A More Perfect and Lasting Union for 01/21/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/21/a-more-perfect-and-lasting-union Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It was a long 2020. It featured a pandemic, politics and economic hardships. Many of us are tired of the political polarization and the constant spewing of hate. It's not just that we don't want to be hated; we also don't want to hate. We yearn to get along, to make progress and to work together to make our country better for our children. We're exhausted, frustrated and feeling helpless. We want to make a difference, and I know we can. </p> <p>On the afternoon of Jan. 6, as our nation's Capitol was under attack, several volunteers (including myself) were involved in a strategic planning session for the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students. For me, the chance to participate in something positive, forward-looking and focused on helping our youngest children was a perfect antidote to the national spectacle of partisan violence. I was doing something positive to help my community.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 21, 2021</p> cc2aebbdcebbe27d659955e5ccb98c79 Working Together Created Binding Ties for 01/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/21/working-together-created-binding-ties Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The past few weeks have been challenging for our country and for our citizens. Last week's protest in Washington began as peaceful but devolved into violence within the walls of our nation's Capitol. This occurred while the legislatures were meeting to accept the Electoral College results from the states. This was frightening and unacceptable.</p> <p>We feel as though we are a nation under siege from ourselves. We are bitterly divided, torn and unsure of how to move forward. Many on both sides do not want to move forward but to blame the other side. Can we move past our political polarization and improve our country by working together? Yes, we can, but it will take real work and a shift from a mindset of judgment and certainty to another marked by listening and learning.<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 929bdd1d35b70a386aa43c5b21c021b4 Republicans Should Learn and Win Again for 01/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/01/21/republicans-should-learn-and-win-again Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's the first week of January 2021, and the 2020 elections are over. In my home state of Georgia, the votes from the runoff races were being tabulated. There were three statewide races on the ballot: two U.S. Senate seats and one Public Service Commission seat. All three races had incumbent Republicans facing off against Democratic challengers. </p> <p>Republican incumbent Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr. beat Democrat Daniel Blackman in the Public Service Commission race and, as of Wednesday morning, had garnered more votes than either of the incumbent Republican U.S. senators.&#160;<span style="background-color: initial;">They should be outperforming him, and the fact that they are not should make you stop and ask: What went wrong in the Senate Republicans' races?</span><span style="background-color: initial;">Incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler has lost to Democratic nominee Raphael Warnock. This was a special election to fill the two years remaining in the term of Johnny Isakson, the former Republican senator who announced his resignation in 2019 due to health problems.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 17dbadf5eb01324a1d6768e7f065c8ae The Upside-Down Year for 12/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/20/the-upside-down-year Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A year ago, people were gathering by the tens of thousands for New Year's Eve parties, football games, soccer games, concerts and a variety of other reasons. You could have dozens or even hundreds over to your home (if they fit). While people didn't want to catch the seasonal flu, and while many of us (myself included) received the flu vaccine, we didn't shy away from surrounding ourselves with friends and family. </p> <p>The old normal was what we had all grown up with: Students were taught by teachers &#8212; in the classroom; people went to an office to work with co-workers; and they packed churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship. People interacted without thinking about what they might be catching from one another.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 31, 2020</p> ada8ddd2c5c7f8dcc1567e3d2db35c55 Action and Faith for 12/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/20/action-and-faith Thu, 24 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Christmas Day in 1776, Gen. George Washington led 2,400 troops across the Delaware River. The weather was cold and miserable. The troops were exhausted; they had to contend with snow and ice. Their mission was to surprise the Hessian troops stationed in Trenton, New Jersey. They landed just before dawn on the 26th. They must have been desperate; recent losses in key strategic locations had led to low morale and waning spirits, but they went anyway. </p> <p>They captured the Hessian troops, and though they were forced to retreat later, their victory provided hope to the Continental Army and our new nation that we could go on to win our freedom. It is impossible to know what would have happened without this victory &#8212; our new country might have faltered and failed without this Christmas miracle.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 24, 2020</p> 7835f63691080a2daa7622218350e316 An Ode to St. Nick for 12/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/20/an-ode-to-st-nick Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 1823, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was printed. It became known as "The Night Before Christmas." <span class="column--highlighted-text">This December, with the dueling U.S. Senate campaigns in Georgia, I am taking the liberty of using the poem as the basis of my column</span>. I hope you enjoy this holiday version and, if not, will excuse my indulgence. </p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 2b7377caa9aa435894558bacb1eb3332 Failure of Imagination for 12/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/20/failure-of-imagination Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We are a vast country, but too many of us have a limited understanding of the rest of the world. We have the right to vote and freedom of speech. We can move around our country as we wish, and we with can start a company or quit a job as we desire. We get to determine who our friends are and where we spend our time. <span class="column--highlighted-text">With such great freedom comes a failure of imagination. We forget that our system is special, unique, so we believe that every other country is like ours.</span></p> <p>We are wrong.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> 9a6e8def3a267dece7625b5ecae5680d Beware of Narrative News for 12/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/20/beware-of-narrative-news Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The mainstream media have become so narrow in their narrative that they are missing an opportunity to educate the public on the judicial process happening now regarding the 2020 election. Let's take a few examples from my home state of Georgia. </p> <p>The Georgia state Senate announced on Dec. 1, "The Senate Committee on Judiciary has formed a special subcommittee ... to take testimony of elections improprieties and to evaluate the election process to ensure the integrity of Georgia's voting system." The meeting will take place on Thursday.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p>