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 Fri, 15 Jan 2021 09:25:28 -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 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> db9312bfb9614790588e158d83e93bdb Giving Thanks for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/20/giving-thanks-d6601 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This has been the strangest year that I can remember. We are isolated, discouraged and exhausted. We are divided and politically polarized. We cannot gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving as usual due to COVID-19. As a nation, we are frustrated, yet there is still much to be thankful for during this time of trial. </p> <p>For example, we can go back 400 years to thank the Pilgrims, who fled religious persecution in England in 1620. After enduring delays in setting sail, the loss of a ship and the deaths of many during their journey across the ocean, they first sighted land on Nov. 9. William Brewster led the Pilgrims in the reading of Psalm 100: <p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 36fc19e429a9a39d7600b6e1ca65f333 2020 Isn't Over Yet for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/20/2020-isnt-over-yet Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This week in New York City, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was raised. I've watched the video several times, and it's like watching a train wreck &#8212; I can't look away. As it was raised, many of the tree's lower limbs fell off, revealing incredibly large gaps. Unless a magician is in charge of decorating the tree, it will end up being the perfect symbol for 2020, a frightening reminder of the horribleness of this year. 2020 is the year of everything ugly.</p> <p>Many of us, understandably, just want to move on to 2021, to a time that might just be better. But in our rush to move forward, we should not ignore real issues that need to see the light of day, regardless of the outcome.</p> <p>While many Americans and most news outlets are moving forward with a presumptive win for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, we should all remember that 2020 is not over yet. Many Americans believe that the election was held unfairly and that the current reported outcome is inaccurate. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> c238cb2f8930a96defc837a2fd8c1a0b A Tumultuous Time for 11/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/20/a-tumultuous-time Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Those who had hoped the election would provide the nation with a clear way forward were wrong. More than a week after Election Day, states are continuing to count votes, and President Donald Trump's campaign has filed lawsuits in several states. Regardless of the final outcome, over 70 million Americans will have voted for the other presidential candidate. What do we know? We are a nation divided.</p> <p>As of Wednesday, the RealClearPolitics website shows the Joe Biden/Kamala Harris campaign with 259 electoral votes and Trump/Pence at 217 electoral votes. States still outstanding are Alaska (3 electoral votes), Arizona (11), Georgia (16), North Carolina (15) and Pennsylvania (20). It takes 270 to win. A majority of the media has called the election for Biden, but many Americans no longer trust the media. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> 6c451e03bfd41ef4cf45fd95a3d17a75 What We've Learned So Far for 11/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/20/what-weve-learned-so-far Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It's not surprising that the presidential election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden was not decided on Election Day. The votes will continue to be counted, and there is a good chance there will be recounts in areas where counts are very close. It might very well end up in the courts. </p> <p>What we do know is that Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate will more than likely remain Republican. While the presidency might be too close to call, we have a few clear takeaways.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p> d181b0cb7612e84e8fffef4f4c4fe81d A Time for Choosing Again for 10/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/20/a-time-for-choosing-again Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In order to win the presidential election next week, President Donald Trump will have to articulate why he is the right choice. The choice has to be about more than Trump and his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden; it has to be about the very different futures each man would seek to create. The candidates' ability to describe and contrast their visions of the future &#8212; one under Trump and the other under Biden &#8212; will likely prove key to who wins.</p> <p>This week, we have seen this contrast on full display: the energetic rallies for Trump versus the small, staged events for Biden. The Tuesday-morning edition of The Morning Call newspaper in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, included a front-page picture of Trump at a Pennsylvania rally attended by thousands of his supporters, with a huge grin on his face and the headline "WE GET PA., WE WIN THE WHOLE THING." The secondary article, below the fold, bore the headline "Supporters brave the rain to hear, 'the best president we've had.'" <p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> bdf8da7e9d873e90c1c48acd7df6e76d The Final Stretch for 10/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/20/the-final-stretch Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Americans will have their final chance before the election to listen to the presidential candidates present their competing visions for the country. </p> <p>Based on the debate's announced topics &#8212; COVID-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership &#8212; the differences should be clear. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> b26a96310316282eee2a3c99290536ed Better Off for 10/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/20/better-off Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You might think that, so close to election time, everyone would understand how our government works. Evidently, that's not correct &#8212; or people are pretending not to know, because they are afraid they won't get the outcome they want. </p> <p>Let's start with the presidential race. The media focuses on national polls. But the popular vote does not determine the outcome of the presidential election. The final tally from the Electoral College does. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win. Four years ago, Donald Trump won 304. Then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton knew exactly how the presidential election works, as do Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his team. The talk of national polls allows the Democrats to focus on the news that is good for them, even if it does not reflect the potential election outcome. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020</p> 277f54ff4bc0eeaff2d328025f6ac3bc Learning for 10/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/20/learning Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The pandemic and current political environment might have you in the doldrums. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when you've been stuck inside on Zoom calls for months, it's easy to forget the ups. </p> <p>In "Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life," Martin Seligman provides a map to a more optimistic outlook.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> 530246e4eeb79dc4cf1fdfc3ef8b033c Main Event for 10/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/main-event Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you watched this week's presidential debate between Republican President Donald J. Trump and Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden, you might have felt as though you were watching a mixed martial arts match among three people, the third being Chris Wallace, the beleaguered Fox News anchor who tried to moderate. Throughout the 90 minutes, which felt more like 90 days to me, all three people ran over each other verbally; at times, I could not understand what anyone was saying. </p> <p>The attacks were endless, and the answers were often not answers but pivots to another attack. My bet is that no one changed their mind on who they are going to vote for based on the debate. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> 0d2b6e5b5f0e4998699f6974d3c1a06b Stay Calm and Slow to Anger for 09/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/stay-calm-and-slow-to-anger Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most of us understand the concept of working toward a goal based on the system in place. For example, when I was in college, I'd review the syllabus for each class, see how the professor calculated final grades (did it include performance on homework and quizzes or just tests, and how was each of those weighted?) and then periodically figure out &#8212; based on my past performance &#8212; what I needed to do to get the grade I wanted. </p> <p>Let's take this tack while reviewing the upcoming presidential election. As I wrote a few weeks ago, we elect a president based not on who wins the popular vote but who wins at least 270 of the Electoral College's 538 electoral votes. In 2016, Donald Trump won the Electoral College 304-227. His Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote but lost the election by losing rural areas. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 4378b3cfc6e3f51cd0b7dabc21f7d991 A Challenge and a Prayer for 09/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/a-challenge-and-a-prayer Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's easy to become frustrated, especially in politics, as Election Day grows near. It's harder, but it could be more helpful, to focus on curiosity rather than frustration, as bestselling author Brendon Burchard challenged this week via social media &#8212; curiosity about why something would happen or not, rather than frustration that it did or didn't. Curiosity leads to learning. </p> <p>This week, I am attempting to switch my frustration over the mainstream media's focus on stories that highlight the worst of President Donald Trump to curiosity about why they would gloss over his historic achievements, specifically, the Abraham Accords peace agreement signed Tuesday at the White House by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This is the first Middle East peace agreement in decades. It is a historic event that has taken years to achieve, and it has attracted little coverage. Contrast this with coverage of the doings of former President Barack Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, which even he was surprised to receive.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> f0a7214c9729c691b23c01e2a62de423 Talk Versus Action for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/talk-versus-action Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With less than two months left before the presidential election, polls in the swing states are tightening, and the focus is sharpening. Remember, it's not the total popular vote that determines the outcome of the presidential election but the final tally from the Electoral College. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win. </p> <p>So, which states are in play? According to a Politico article published Tuesday titled "The battleground: These states will determine the 2020 election," 13 states could determine the outcome. Writers James Arkin, Scott Bland, Beatrice Jin, Andrew McGill, Steven Shepard and Allan James Vestal conclude that four of the states, with a combined total of 78 Electoral College votes, are likely to go to President Donald Trump (Texas, 38; Georgia, 16; Iowa, 6; and Ohio, 18). Four states with a total of 65 electoral votes are toss-ups (Florida, 29; North Carolina, 15; Arizona, 11; and Wisconsin, 10); and five states with a total of 56 Electoral College votes are likely to go to Biden (Nevada, 6; Minnesota, 10; New Hampshire, 4; Pennsylvania, 20; and Michigan, 16). <p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> fa5e2cd55037d4d2d5350973b436635b Trump's Great Opportunity for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/20/trumps-great-opportunity Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While Democratic operatives and pundits are calling for Georgia to go for the Democratic nominee, President Donald Trump has greatly improved his lead. Let's start with a bit of history for those who are not as familiar as I am with Georgia, my home for more decades than I would like to mention.</p> <p>For several presidential election cycles, pundits have said Georgia has been shifting into the Democratic column. This election year is no different. The state has voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1972 (with the exception of Southern Democratic candidates Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980 and Bill Clinton in 1992). <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p>