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, 23 Jul 2018 00:12:00 -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 852b953864cfa2352d98b428546e68e8 But What Does it Mean? for 07/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/18/but-what-does-it-mean Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The political train wreck came Monday in Helsinki, Finland, at the joint news conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The final question came from Jonathan Lemire, of Associated Press, and Trump's answer resulted in bipartisan uproar.</p> <p>Lemire asked Trump if he believed Putin's denial that he had been involved in "the election interference in 2016."</p> <p>Trump responded by backtracking into the process of the investigation. "Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee [without taking the server]? ...I want to know, where is the server?"<p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> 4cadf302cdd8c9effe5bf11c85b1ad05 Supreme Drama for 07/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/18/supreme-drama Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Trump's announcement this week that Brett Kavanaugh was his pick for U.S. Supreme Court justice was met immediately with protests from Democrats. </p> <p>Before any of us reacts, it might be helpful to understand the confirmation process as well as the foundation, the construction and the function of our nation's highest court. </p> <p>Based on our Constitution, our government is made up of three branches: the Executive Branch (president), the Legislative Branch (U.S. House of Representatives and Senate) and the Judicial Branch. The legislative branch levies taxes, passes law, and declares war. The president is the commander in chief, signs bills passed by Congress into law, carries out legislation, pardons felons and sets foreign policy (treaties require Senate advice and consent). The president, also "with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court." The judicial branch rules on cases brought before the court.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> f2cfd2db8d91effff568d9e7c3194329 Freedom and Responsibility for 07/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/18/freedom-and-responsibility Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>My father, Newt Gingrich, first ran for Congress 44 years ago in Georgia's then-rural 6th district. At that time, the district included the Atlanta airport and ran south to Griffin, west to the Alabama line and northwest past what are now suburbs of the ever-sprawling city of Atlanta. </p> <p>The news media came mostly from Atlanta, and it was too expensive for my dad to buy ads for his campaign.</p> <p>So most of the campaigning was done person to person. Our family would go to churches, Rotary events, fairs, strip malls (there were no inside malls in the district) and anywhere else that two or more people gathered. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> 0685e3268721d81cdf801ec0260fbb35 Why Americanism is Important for 06/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/18/why-americanism-is-important Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"We want to make our children feel that the mere fact of being Americans makes them better off," Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, once stated. "This is not to blind us at all to our own shortcomings; we ought steadily to try to correct them; but we have absolutely no grounds to work on if we don't have a firm and ardent Americanism at the bottom of everything." </p> <p>While many want to point at our country's shortcomings, of which there are many, it is important for us to believe in her regardless. Americans need to understand why our country is different, to correct and improve where we have shortcomings, and to provide for our future security.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> 9924ca02af9e02ce0229b6a6a55da704 Real Action Trumps False Choice for 06/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/18/real-action-trumps-false-choice Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Congress is addressing immigration. If done correctly, if they take real action, it could be a real boon to Republicans for the mid-term elections. If not done (or done poorly) it can be a real hinderance. </p> <p>Democrats, on the other hand, are lining up a "false choice" as termed by Speaker Paul Ryan, between securing our borders and enforcing laws and keeping families together.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> 6ac18e4581fb293afa9a27544633b5f3 Imagination and Enthusiasm for 06/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/18/imagination-and-enthusiasm Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>While most politicians think incrementally, President Donald Trump imagines historic events, and then enthusiastically pursues them. The meeting this week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore was historic. If someone had proposed four years ago that this meeting &#8212; and the first step towards denuclearization &#8212; would take place, no one would have imagined it possible.</p> <p>But here we are. </p> <p>This event illuminates two of Trump's characteristics that made his election and this meeting possible: imagination and enthusiasm. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> b4d3e464275debf7061e99990504b894 America First for 06/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/18/america-first Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In 1984, former lifelong Democrat Jeanne Kirkpatrick spoke at the Republican Convention in support of President Ronald Reagan's election to a second term. Her speech identified correctly the San Francisco-based Democratic party as all too willing to "blame America first." Kirkpatrick understood that, as a world leader, the United States carried "the responsibilities of freedom."</p> <p>She noted that the prior administration's "motives were good, but their policies were inadequate, uninformed and mistaken." And that President Reagan's continued and continual confidence in America, in the American people, had made a difference. "Confidence is contagious," she said.</p> <p>What Kirkpatrick was saying was that endless criticism and denigration will sap the energy of any person or any country who is berated over and over again. They will lack the energy to be creative, to be productive and lead.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 28609e849d391ec702e9ca5d323d9d12 Slow Down and Take a Breath for 05/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/18/slow-down-and-take-a-breath Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you attempt to follow news, then good luck. In our current rapid-response, knee-jerk environment, it's hard to separate real facts from emotionally charged interpretations. There are several questions to ask when trying to figure out what is "news" &#8212; is it new (new information or a new angle), newsworthy (worth spending time and resources on to cover, and to absorb) and/or based on facts?</p> <p>Here are a few recent stories you can practice on:</p> <p>In a May 25 New York Times article titled "Trump Says North Korean Summit may be Rescheduled," reporters Mark Landler and David E. Sanger wrote, "On Thursday, for example, a senior White House official told reporters that even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed."<p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> deff075ae720f8426219fa9d6ae079ee Remembering the Cost of a Free and Undivided Republic for 05/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/18/remembering-the-cost-of-a-free-and-undivided-republic Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For many, Memorial Day equates to barbecues, sales and pool openings; but it means more than that. It's the day to remember those who gave their lives to keep our country safe and free so we can work toward prosperity.</p> <p>Memorial Day began as Decoration Day soon after the Civil War. On this day, the graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated to honor the memory of their sacrifice &#8212; their lives &#8212; to keep our country united. We can thank John Logan, who served as an Illinois congressman prior to the Civil War, volunteered as a Union soldier and was promoted during the war to general. He issued an order in 1868 to honor those who had died in the war.<p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 27ff2858bd21a11fc1b0ea25317c7c53 Your Mission: Learning to Live for 05/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/18/your-mission-learning-to-live-e4675 Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Maggie, my first child, is graduating from high school and will be attending college next year. After having her with me for 18 years, I can't quite comprehend what life might be like with her away. But away she must go.</p> <p>Below are my thoughts for her, and for you, too:<p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> 0e7738240110031d64f9cbd30ae667f8 Promises Made, Promises Kept for 05/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/18/promises-made-promises-kept Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump wins big in foreign policy this week. In pulling out of the The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Trump both keeps a campaign promise and sends a signal to North Korea that he is willing to walk away from a "bad deal." </p> <p>Those who are cynical of politics and politicians might remark that it's unusual for an elected official to keep a campaign promise, but that's what Trump did this week. No one should have been surprised that he did not waive the sanctions against Iran. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Promise made, promise kept.</span><p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> d3dc0f467c9f512d7f8381d26166e542 With Pompeo in Charge, Watch the State Department Get its Swagger Back for 05/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/18/with-pompeo-in-charge-watch-the-state-department-get-its-swagger-back Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a mission to help the State Department "get its swagger back." Its charge is "to be professional, to deliver diplomacy, American diplomacy around the world," Pompeo told European allies at NATO headquarters last week in Brussels. His personal charge is "to build that esprit and get the team on the field so that we can effectuate American diplomacy."</p> <p>Pompeo comes to the job well prepared. He graduated first in his class at West Point, served in the Army and earned a law degree from Harvard University. He served three terms as congressman from the 4th District of Kansas before becoming director of the CIA. <span class="column--highlighted-text">He is direct and engaging, and appears committed to bringing real change to the State Department.</span> <p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 8d95416164ab44bf5c680571089c4541 Fear Less. Question More. Be Free for 04/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/fear-less-question-more-be-free Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>To create the future we want but cannot see, we must have less fear. Just imagine. What if we were to value fascination and hard questions that open our minds more than we value easy answers? How much more would we learn? How much more open would we be? And what would the change in our mind's framework mean to our future, and our nation's future?</p> <p>When my children were small, they asked questions. While I can't remember each question, I can remember that the answer to one question invariably led to the asking of another. My children's desire to learn was great; they felt no fear in questions. They were young; they were not supposed to have answers &#8212; but questions.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> a730aca5fd296406092c9b2057318a8a Be a Mermaid for 04/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/be-a-mermaid Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"And may your future be worthy of your dreams," Barbara Bush, then-first lady of the United States, challenged the graduating class of Wellesley College in the spring of 1990. This challenge remains with us today, after her death this week at the age of 92. A matriarch of a political family, she was one of only two women (the other being Abigail Adams) who was both wife and mother of American presidents.</p> <p>After serving eight years as second lady, while Nancy Reagan served as first lady, Bush moved into the White House in 1989 with her husband, then-President George Herbert Walker Bush. A fierce defender of her husband and their children, she was a relentless advocate for literacy. She was a visible icon with her bright white coiffed hair, double strands of pearls and understated yet tasteful clothes. Her presence was a visual reminder of proper manners and reminded some people of their grandmother.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> 0238bf8be49f536abc8f6670b766caa7 More Options for Students, More Appreciation for Teachers for 04/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/more-options-for-students-more-appreciation-for-teachers Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We need to expect and receive more of our educational system and students, while supporting, thanking and training teachers. Our future will be determined by our students' current educational experiences. </p> <p>In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform. It found connections between our education system, our economic future and national security, connections we should keep in mind today. It was not a flattering report. President Ronald Reagan noted our educational system had "low standards, lack of purpose, ineffective use of resources, and a failure to challenge students to push performance to the boundaries of individual ability."<p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> 568d5c1f1135053208ab0dcbf4fa895a All God's Children for 04/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/18/all-gods-children Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week includes Easter as well as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. On Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. On this anniversary, we reflect on King's message, work and legacy. Recognizing both in the same week has led to additional reflection. </p> <p>My takeaway? Don't worry, be happy and focus on others while doing God's will. Understand that, even in the darkest of times, there is hope, light and an opportunity to make progress. All people are God's children &#8212; even those who disagree with you.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> e3def7a6276f2f8a8bc22ff7b41d7389 Framework, Fact, Opinion and Common Ground for 03/29/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/framework-fact-opinion-and-common-ground Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Inherent to any democracy is robust debate and an understanding of all the options available before reaching a solution. For a democracy to work, people from all walks of life must participate in the process. </p> <p>If just one person were to make all the decisions in a society, that society would be a dictatorship. </p> <p>Without debate and healthy, robust interaction with those who disagree, we would have little opportunity for reflection, learning and improvement. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> eb5e2bccfab54383ae04a77d5d196394 A Better Future for 03/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/a-better-future Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>When we see a problem in society, we want to fix it. Often the theoretical solution appears as a large government program, administered and funded through Washington, D.C. It is intellectually appealing and provides that ability to gather large amounts of funds to be applied to the problem. While the theory of taxing individuals and corporations and administering programs nationally might be appealing, the outcome is often vastly different. </p> <p>Taken to the extreme, total government control can create a collapse of a country. The Socialist government of Venezuela is currently experiencing rapid inflation, high unemployment and a fleeing middle class. "Unemployment will reach 30 percent and prices on all types of goods in the country will rise 13,000 percent this year," wrote Patrick Gillespie for CNN Money in January. "This year will mark the third consecutive year of double-digit contractions in Venezuela's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity. The nation's GDP declined 16 percent in 2016, 14 percent last year and it's projected to fall 15 percent this year."</p> <p>Government control does not work.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 07511a41f2ff90318654c0c5d879349a A Learning Experience for 03/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/a-learning-experience Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Republicans have a chance to learn and grow. The question is whether they will take this opportunity to do that.</p> <p>I am writing this column on the morning after the special election for Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district, and the race is too close to call. In a district that Donald Trump won by almost 20 percentage points in 2016, too close to call is a surprise to many &#8212; especially to Republicans.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> 9d979fbfa480d27217dea1c32a2af670 With Malice Toward None, With Charity for All for 03/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/03/18/with-malice-toward-none-with-charity-for-all Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>To make progress as a nation, we must have free and open debate. This can be done only by approaching topics with the belief in others' rights to have and to state their opinions and for us to take no offense from them. We can disagree, yes; argue, yes; shut down and turn away? No. </p> <p>Last Friday, Virginia Republican Delegate Nick Freitas stood in the well of the Virginia House of Delegates and delivered a passionate speech. It began with a discussion of gun control, but morphed into a plea for real debate and respect for differences of opinion, with the understanding that they are held with deep convictions.</p> <p>The video of Freitas, one of six Republicans in the U.S. Senate primary who are vying for a chance to take on Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., this fall, has received more than 13 million views.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p>