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, 21 Oct 2018 08:44:39 -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 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> 107f70e71827ef728cdcebbca9fd0377 The Speed of Politics for 09/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/the-speed-of-politics Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As Election Day gets closer, the speed of politics increases exponentially. With a little over a month to go, it is warp speed ahead. Let's just review the last week: </p> <p>In a New York Times article titled "The Plot to Subvert an Election," by Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti, the authors acknowledged: "Mr. Trump's frustration with the Russian investigation is not surprising. He is right that no public evidence has emerged showing that his campaign conspired with Russia in the election interference or accepted Russian money."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> 333e2c92cbd9deb755846dba1d2364d5 Midterm Madness for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/midterm-madness Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>With less than two months to go, the midterm elections are quickly approaching, madness ensuing. In politics, as an election date nears, activity grows more frantic and frenzied. Often, candidates who trail for months can overtake the front-runner in the last few days. Breaking news can create a wave for or against a candidate or party, and that can swing an election's outcome.</p> <p>Anything can happen.</p> <p>The framework for this midterm election is a mixed bag. Items that help Republicans: control of the House and narrow control of the Senate; a strong economy; Democrats' having voted against the tax cut bill (which has been successful). And many Democrats are outspoken against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a losing issue with the overall electorate.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 600791dd8798678707330c0b22cf2233 Yes? No? Good? Bad? How to Increase Your Chances of Getting the Right Call for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/yes-no-good-bad-how-to-increase-your-chances-of-getting-the-right-call Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Wouldn't it be simple if the answers to life were always yes or no? Unfortunately, they rarely are. People and the lives they lead are complex, messy and complicated. When we try to view the world through yes or no, good or bad lenses, we are often mistaken. </p> <p>When we do this, we often put ourselves in the good category and the others in the bad. This can lead us to judge others harshly while letting our own mistakes slide. The truth is often messier. Yes, we are good, and, yes, because we are human, we are bad. We all have biases and prejudices, and if we attribute them only to others, we can misjudge them.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 3fcd21707b8b37dc89622f7dfcb642b8 Elections Have Consequences for 09/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/18/elections-have-consequences Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Labor Day is past. Most schools have begun. And the mad dash to Election Day is here. This week's news cycle has been dominated by the hearings for President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Tuesday's hearings started with a coordinated protest from Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and professional activists looking for media attention.</p> <p>Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., interrupted and grandstanded &#8212; no doubt looking to use their questions for their own promotional purposes. The fact is that with the Republicans in control of the Senate, there is no way for the Democratic senators to block the confirmation.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 3f1deaccb8499db106c87a2176626498 Care About Teachers, for Our Future's Sake for 08/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/care-about-teachers-for-our-futures-sake Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Labor Day is approaching, and school is back in session, or soon will be. Our eldest is a freshman in college, and our second is a junior in high school. My husband, Jimmy, and I have decades of experience as parents and as partners with the schools that they have attended.</p> <p>In my experience, any school's most important assets are its teachers. Yes, facilities, administrators, programs and parent involvement cannot be ignored, but the teachers are what matter most. That's because learning happens somewhere between the teacher and the student.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> c8e100ea135c6a8346b3e0747eb78060 Without Malice, With Charity for 08/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/without-malice-with-charity-1b747 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In today's fast paced, social media fueled environment, we often appear to be jumping to conclusions without charity, and with malice. Trolling, gaslighting and doxing are designed to create controversy, undermine people and expose them for persecution. </p> <p>Instead of creating a future together, we look back, focusing on the errors and terrors of the past. We become so intent on remembering the past that we forget to create bridges, between ourselves in the present. We need these bridges so we can create a better future together. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> c47051a3a78fef2efcb96e4560a5c7d0 Champion Capitalism for 08/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/champion-capitalism Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Gallup announced this past Monday, "for the first time in Gallup's measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism." </p> <p>It's not that Democrats have suddenly decided to embrace socialism, the poll found. "The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47 percent positive this year &#8212; lower than in any of the three previous measures." <p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 8065556856310afd076efbe033d32b8e The Stories We Tell for 08/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/the-stories-we-tell Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Every day we tell ourselves stories... stories about why we do what we do and stories about why others do what they do. Stories are important not just for simple entertainment, but also for education and indoctrination. <span class="column--highlighted-text">What we believe happened in the past influences our present and helps create our future.</span> The best stories contain not only a moral, where good triumphs over evil, but they engage us intellectually and emotionally so they are memorable.</p> <p>"Stories impose meaning on the chaos," Jim Loehr wrote in "The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life." To help us understand the world around us, stories "organize and give context to our sensory experiences. ... Facts are meaningless until you create a story around them. ... A story is our creation of a reality; indeed our story matters more than what actually happened," Loehr concluded.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> 3e3551201f94cef1537706e7799c94ea The Pause Before the Storm for 08/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/18/the-pause-before-the-storm Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to Aristotle, "We are what we repeatedly do." In today's rapid-paced reactionary world, it appears that many of us are all offended, offensive or both. Spend a little time on Twitter, Facebook or watching mainstream media outlets. Notice how offended or offensive gets the coverage, the likes, the retweets and the comments. The steady stream of personal attacks and outrage are, well, outrageous.</p> <p>With an inbuilt fight-or-flight response, it's hard not to stop and stare at the spectacle and be either offended or offensive. Remember the last time you resisted &#8212; or attempted to resist &#8212; the temptation to check out Twitter or connect to another app? Were you successful? Probably not; possibly the result was one storm after another, with no break.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> bca193ea13d5800387bf2283a4657d3b There's a Long Way to Go Before Midterms for 07/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/18/theres-a-long-way-to-go-before-midterms Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>A few things to keep in mind as the midterms heat up. One: take with a grain of salt pontifications from pollsters, especially those who have misunderstood recent elections. Two: don't believe pundits' predictions more than three months out, especially when they say that the races are basically done. Three: remember that, as a result of social media, election momentum changes faster than it used to. Finally: bear in mind that candidates and messages matter in election outcomes.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> 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>