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, 28 Jul 2021 18:33:42 -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 02282a1d46de4801b47db5ce07b5249f Need for Skepticism for 07/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/21/need-for-skepticism Thu, 29 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Government legislative titles often sound fantastic; certainly, there is a branding guru in charge of naming potential legislation something that appeals to the masses. </p> <p>But the titles don't always fairly describe the legislation they are attached to. To translate these grand sounding legislative titles into normal English, you must employ a healthy dose of skepticism and be able to translate Orwellian doublespeak into everyday language. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 29, 2021</p> f5dcea87d2ab659af4939719a8f3d766 Make Something of Yourself for 07/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/21/make-something-of-yourself Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia announced the appointment of Judge Verda Colvin to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Colvin, who served as a judge in Bibb County, became a sensation in 2016 from a video of her lecture to teens who were participating in the Bibb County Sheriff's Office's "Consider the Consequences" program. </p> <p>The video, which went viral, begins with Colvin standing in a courtroom filled with teenagers who had had run-ins with the law. She shakes out a white body bag and tells them: "You can have the ultimate experience to be in this body bag. The only way someone would know this was you was the tag. What do you want to do? The way you are going, you will go to jail, or you will end up in this body bag."<p>Updated: Thu Jul 22, 2021</p> 83e6bde9eb5b078a695c3e72a7a947dc Time to Keep the Promise of Democracy and Free Elections for Cuba for 07/15/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/21/time-to-keep-the-promise-of-democracy-and-free-elections-for-cuba Thu, 15 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Fidel Castro wrested the reins of power over Cuba from military dictator Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959. My friend, Luis Haza, was eight at the time. His father, Colonel Bonifacio Haza, was in command of the National Police in Santiago de Cuba, nearly 300 miles southeast of Havana. </p> <p>Batista had ruled with military might, leading a reign of terror that saw people taken from their homes, never to return. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 15, 2021</p> c8e8302719fe9148afdc04b1b0fcc66a Life's Opportunities Easily Missed for 07/08/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/21/lifes-opportunities-easily-missed Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Normally, the surf can be heard faintly throughout our family's house on the coast of Georgia. This morning, the volume has increased a few decibels as we get ready to weather a tropical storm that is approaching the west side of Florida. While the storm is miles away, its impact can already be felt. </p> <p>This higher-than-normal tide reminds me of a conversation I overheard a decade ago. My husband, son and I had decided to brave the overcast and rainy morning, and we joined a boat tour of the marsh surrounding St. Simons Island. Also on the boat tour was an extended family from Fort Worth, Texas.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 08, 2021</p> 25ee84141ddda86bf83181af298db34f Proud To Be an American for 07/01/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/21/proud-to-be-an-american-93f0c Thu, 01 Jul 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><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 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 this week 245 years ago. It happened after years of an 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. And act we did &#8212; finally.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 01, 2021</p> 38277282e9dd90be01d67658772f7206 A Word to the Wise -- About Words for 06/24/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/21/a-word-to-the-wise-about-words Thu, 24 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For most of us, our daily interactions with others are based on common words, phrases and understandings. When someone says the sky is blue, we tend to believe that the sky is blue. When we talk with people other than our friends and family, we naturally believe that what they say is what they mean. That up is up and down is down. We believe the words we hear. </p> <p>But when it comes to politics, we might be better off being more skeptical and digging deeper to understand the truth for ourselves. That's because what is said is often the opposite of reality. Let's take three current examples: the voting rights bill in the Senate (S. 1), transgender women competing in sports and the PRO Act. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 24, 2021</p> bd83143c058340a9780930d72d74fe4c My Children's Father for 06/17/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/21/my-childrens-father-8dcfe Thu, 17 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In January 1995, I made a list of 18 attributes that described the type of man I wanted to marry. The list included "wants children," "high family ties &#8212; loves his mother," "secure in themselves" and "social."</p> <p>Three years later, I married such a man. A man who more than met the criteria, Jimmy Cushman.</p> <p>I first knew that we would marry when he was helping me hang curtains in my house. Standing in front of a window, wearing jeans, hammer in hand, he was staring up, determining the next steps. <span class="column--highlighted-text">In a flash, I knew that we would one day be married. Less than two years later, we were.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jun 17, 2021</p> fe4541b9979a9d8596cc550e2304b238 Skills Matter for 06/10/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/21/skills-matter Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Controversy erupted Tuesday over a comment made by economist Art Laffer regarding hourly wages. </p> <p>Asked by Fox News anchor Sandra Smith if the minimum wage should rise, Laffer replied that many minimum wage workers "aren't worth $15." Some people latched onto the statement as though it was about a person's intrinsic worth, rather than the value of their skills and attributes in a labor market. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 10, 2021</p> deca0dfedbe9079c56f00f469685198e Curiosity and Candor for 06/03/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/21/curiosity-and-candor Thu, 03 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This past Tuesday, Judicial Watch released a trove of emails about the settlement agreement between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Robert Gordon, who was the department director, that show the lengths to which department officials fumbled with their messaging during the height of the pandemic.</p> <p>The information came to light with the release of 1,221 pages that Judicial Watch received in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.</p> <p>For example, a Dec. 1, 2020, email from Gordon to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff included an overview of a project by pollster Frank Luntz and the de Beaumont Foundation titled "Changing the COVID Conversation." The project was undertaken to come up with "specific words, sentences, phrases and attributes Americans need to hear to change their behavior and stop the spread of the coronavirus," according to the overview. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 03, 2021</p> 0e57c9190a3856a6196a7e80882dc2d2 Remember the Cost of a Free and Undivided Republic for 05/27/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/21/remember-the-cost-of-a-free-and-undivided-republic Thu, 27 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you open a paper this week, you will see ads for Memorial Day sales. Your inbox is probably being inundated with such ads. Along with sales, Memorial Day images include BBQs, parties and pool openings. It's the official beginning of summer. Many people travel to a beach, a lake or a mountain. Some traditions include visiting a memorial park or a cemetery to honor the fallen. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Whatever you do this Memorial Day weekend, spend a few moments thinking about the real meaning of the day.</span></p> <p>It's the day to remember those who gave their lives to keep our country safe and 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 what they sacrificed &#8212; their lives &#8212; to keep our country united. Credit for Memorial Day goes to 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. In 1868, he issued an order to honor those who had died in the war.<p>Updated: Thu May 27, 2021</p> 85f6c0380dddc1e986ebd8bb892f10e8 Politics Should Be Sacred Work for 05/20/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/21/politics-should-be-sacred-work Thu, 20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I was growing up, my mother would constantly tell me to mind my attitude. This most often occurred while I was doing household chores at her request. What she meant was for me to not only respect her but also be gracious and grateful, even while doing chores. I heard what she was saying but did not understand what she was asking, nor did my attitude approve &#8212; for years. How, I asked myself, could I be anything other than aggravated, peeved, irritated and upset? Wow, was I wrong. It was not until decades later that I understood what she meant. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">While we cannot control our circumstances, including the chores of life and the friction created by our interaction with others, we can control how we think and what meaning we give to the actions and activities of others.</span> This frames how we react to those actions and activities; our change in attitude then creates changes in those around us. <p>Updated: Thu May 20, 2021</p> b068122b44a200737578f36210c2dd7c No Time for Malaise for 05/13/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/21/no-time-for-malaise Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Crime is up. Prices are up. Border crossings in the southwest are up. Unemployment is still up. Our national debt is up. Gas is hard to find. Civil unrest surrounds us. And the Middle East is in turmoil. Sounds a lot like the '70s to me. </p> <p>Last night, my husband, Jimmy, went to fill up my car with gas. He did this because our area of Atlanta has recently experienced higher-than-normal crime. According to the Atlanta Police Department's May 1 crime report for our zone, auto theft is up 50%, robbery up 54%, aggravated assault up 57% and auto larceny up 57%. Talk about a crime wave.<p>Updated: Thu May 13, 2021</p> 3945ebf7d92e00067346dc2580b184da This Year, a Mother's Day Marked by Love -- and Loss for 05/06/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/21/this-year-a-mothers-day-marked-by-love-and-loss Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Becoming a parent was the most profound, all-encompassing event in my life. While I loved and still love my husband, Jimmy, the birth of a child ignited inside me a new type of overwhelming love: motherly love. Though I knew that parts of both of us had combined to create a new human being, I also knew that she was a new life, totally independent of us, who was created through a miracle by God.</p> <p>Our first child, Maggie, is now an adult, but I still vividly remember the day she was born. A rather uneventful labor changed course during her delivery, when the doctor announced that the baby was having problems breathing and took her out of the room. My husband followed them. I felt secure in the knowledge that he would ensure her safety, and he did.<p>Updated: Thu May 06, 2021</p> 9901dfd6398c4104744b311be62ec1e7 Inflation and Stagflation -- the Great Instructors for 04/29/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/21/inflation-and-stagflation-the-great-instructors Thu, 29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Stagflation, which reigned during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, occurs during an unusual confluence of events: high inflation, low economic growth and high unemployment. Normally, high inflation happens during periods of rapid economic expansion and low unemployment. On the opposite side, low economic growth and high unemployment normally occur during periods of low inflation. Stagflation, which combines the worst of everything, is particularly hard on the middle and lower classes, whose members face both high unemployment and rapidly rising prices for goods and services. In addition, the lack of jobs often leads to despondency among those unable to find work.</p> <p>I am familiar with stagflation, because I experienced it firsthand during my grammar-school years. While I might not have been paying my own bills, I remember hearing my parents talk about rising prices, watching the gas prices grow astronomically (as they have recently) and sitting in line for over an hour to buy the expensive gas. For Americans under the age of 50, stagflation is akin to a unicorn &#8212; something one has read about in books but has not encountered in the wild. This might soon change.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 29, 2021</p> 7c0be9b8e4f885c81ca5e4c03ac90fb0 Do Something Unusual: Be for Bipartisan Actions for 04/22/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/04/21/do-something-unusual-be-for-bipartisan-actions Thu, 22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The never-ending media outrage machine is undoubtably focusing on the next soon-to-be crisis and amplifying anything that could possibly pit one of us against the other. Outrage drives ratings, but it also drives people apart. I've been focusing instead on causes that bring people together. Since this week we celebrate Earth Day, I want to focus on my love of nature.</p> <p>For years, I thought my love of nature was due to the time I spent outdoors with my family in elementary school. When I was a child, my father (former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich) was an environmental studies professor at West Georgia College in Carrollton. Our family of four often hiked, canoed and camped in the Okefenokee Swamp as part of my father's college student field trips.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 22, 2021</p> 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>