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, 11 Dec 2019 23:36:48 -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 ffaedfa2719f294e38e0b948b6edecee Gearing up for 2020 for 12/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/gearing-up-for-2020 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>By Tuesday night, the week's national political news was already too much to grasp. On Monday, the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, released the 436-page report "Review of Four FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation." </p> <p>"Crossfire Hurricane" was the FBI investigation opened during the 2016 presidential campaign into whether people in Donald Trump's campaign were "coordinating, wittingly or unwittingly, with the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election." <p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> 7e1b44c825bd5d80d79c139cbeb64ed5 Outrageous Outrage -- Take a Ride for 12/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/12/19/outrageous-outrage-take-a-ride-aab65 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In today's narrative-driven, social media-focused world, it's easy to slip into outrageous outrage. Let's take this week's social media commotion over a Peloton commercial that, according to Bloomberg News reporter Joshua Fineman, led to a drop in stock price.</p> <p>The commercial, titled "The Gift That Gives Back," begins with a woman walking into a living room with a young child. It's Christmas morning, and she received a Peloton, the stationary bicycle that starts at $2,245. The 30-second advertisement shows snippets of a video diary created by the woman over the course of the following year. </p> <p>It shows her taking her first ride, getting up at 6 a.m. to cycle and cycling again after work. The video diary ends with her saying, "I didn't realize how much this would change me. Thank you." The commercial shifts back to a shot of her and the man who gave her the gift &#8212; presumably her husband &#8212; seated together on the couch. She is clearly thankful for his gift.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> c66971bce255005c78898ac28913a84e Thanks and Giving for 11/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/thanks-and-giving Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for learning about and working with Our House, a homeless shelter for newborn babies and their families. I first became involved in this organization after the birth of our second child a few months before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. I can remember rocking my baby during the night as planes flew over my head from Dobbins Air Force Base and being scared about the world he would grow up in. </p> <p>When a friend called that fall and asked if I would serve as treasurer of Genesis, an organization that went on to merge with Our House, I said yes. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> 455db9174bddf1fec700b53a540358ed Thankful for Inefficiencies for 11/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/thankful-for-inefficiencies Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The political world is mired in must-watch political impeachment theater in Washington, with a second focus on this week's Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. </p> <p>But with those two sideshows going, the world continues to spin. People get up and go to work; students go to school; mothers and fathers care for their children; people go to church and volunteer in their communities. This has led me to think about the incredible resilience of our government, and how thankful I am that I was born in our great nation.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 8e8f4f9694edc48839e63022c2eaca25 National Drama: An Opportunity for 11/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/national-drama-an-opportunity Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>With the public phase of the House of Representatives' impeachment hearings beginning this week, the national drama meter is going to accelerate exponentially. </p> <p>Unfortunately, the current news structure (more opinion than news), combined with social media and the fact that few people have friends on the other side of the aisle, will lead to a rapid escalation of emotion and ranting. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 0442b684f1a93cf1589d3cfd4f6dbabd Life Is Messy; Be Cautious of an Orderly Narrative for 11/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/11/19/life-is-messy-be-cautious-of-an-orderly-narrative Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here's what you can expect to see between now and the 2020 elections, which are less than a year away: an endless parade of so-called experts who will strain each day's political events through their ideological sieves in attempts to give them meaning.</p> <p>This is nothing new. We all do it, not only with politics but also with life in general. We take information in and attempt to sort it into preconceived narratives that fit our understanding of what is going on. Otherwise, we can be overwhelmed by the thousands of bits of information that we take in each day.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> 73d5eb7eb23e68f70dc15d268cfbfad3 The Start of the Argument for 10/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/19/the-start-of-the-argument Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While many in our country are following the daily national soap opera of Washington Democrats attempting to throw President Donald Trump out of office, Newt Gingrich, my father, is attempting to raise our collective vision to focus on a national threat that exists outside our borders. </p> <p>In his recent book, "Trump vs. China: Facing America's Greatest Threat," the former speaker of the House lays out the realities of the greatest threat our country faces to its long-term survival. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> c1e310533735dd02ce204d6fbcfe5b48 We Should Take Heed of Germany's Utter Failure, Even if They Didn't for 10/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/19/we-should-take-heed-of-germanys-utter-failure-even-if-they-didnt Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that more should have been done to make immigration and refugee assimilation successful. "Germany's attempt to create a multicultural society has 'utterly failed,'" she told members of the Christian Democratic Union party in a speech in 2010, Reuters reported at the time. </p> <p>Some blamed Merkel's shift in tone to pressure from her political right. Whatever the reason, those of us who live across the pond would be wise to give her message the deliberation it deserves. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 08622d572a1b46499e63d1cb01efd90e More Faith and Community for 10/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/19/more-faith-and-community Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>While I agree with most sociologists that the societal shift we have seen in recent years toward more urbanism and secularism will continue, at least in the short term, I am writing to tell you about other changes that have gotten far less attention: moves toward more community and more faith. </p> <p>I believe that these changes are good for our nation because they provide us with stability, optimism and a higher quality of life. They are also a boon for the Republican Party.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 3796a9357906e9f434afd61d1d1b4715 In China, Freedom of Speech Is No Slam-Dunk for 10/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/19/in-china-freedom-of-speech-is-no-slam-dunk Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The current social media dust-up between the National Basketball Association and China reflects the stark differences between the ways the United States and China understand freedom &#8212; freedom of speech, in particular.</p> <p>As I wrote last month, "Hong Kong was returned to China (in 1997) with an agreement that the two would be one country but have different systems of government. The agreement included a separate legal and judicial system for Hong Kong, as well as the rights to free speech and free assembly ... The protests started after Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, proposed a bill that would allow the transfer of criminal suspects to mainland China."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> 2b0ea31b1a31818961345d86220ec1b9 America Works Best When Americans Are Working for 10/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/10/19/america-works-best-when-americans-are-working Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With the unemployment rate holding at 3.7% and a 63% labor participation rate, more Americans are working, and that's good. But it's not just the numbers of current workers that matter. It's also future workers. When it comes down to the fundamentals, a country's value is determined by the number and substance of its citizens and the work they produce. In our case, we need to think about how to encourage family formation and worthwhile work.</p> <p>For our population to remain steady, we have to have an average of 2.1 births per woman of childbearing age. Last year, the birth rate, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was 1.73 children per woman. If this continues, our population will decline. Over the long term, this will most likely lead to an economic decline. This means less creation and more decline and destruction.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> 45060a8cd373c99a7fdcd79c86ba2816 Take a Breath, and Get Ready for Trial and Tribulations for 09/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/19/take-a-breath-and-get-ready-for-trial-and-tribulations Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you are among the 86% of Americans who believe that our polarizing political environment represents a threat to our country, get ready; it's about to get worse. The announcement this Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry, (and I am) directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella of impeachment inquiry," is one that many Democrats have been yearning for since President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016. </p> <p>Pelosi was probably not happy when a Quinnipiac University poll (surveying 1,337 registered voters nationwide from Sept.19-23) released the next day that only 37% of voters supported an impeachment of Trump, with a clear majority of 57% saying Trump should not be impeached. While she may have made the base of the Democratic Party happy, her decision to proceed will not expand that base.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> fe11681204af2d16fa9131b9442d9d9a Let's Be Better, Not Feel Better for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/19/lets-be-better-not-feel-better Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, my new book, "Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening," is out, and I've been spreading the word that simply screaming at people in the other party won't solve problems. Many are finding my take &#8212; that it's OK to disagree, just do so agreeably &#8212; refreshing. Others believe that we must fight back, even harder. My belief is that the cynicism of the latter group has overridden their faith in our country and our system.</p> <p>It's easy to look at the current polarized political environment and become cynical. One side yells at the other; the other yells back; no progress appears to be made. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's easy to believe that our nation is in trouble and we are in a downward spiral due to the divisiveness and rage that both sides show one another.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 61e40dcc81ba8af77abf214784b2ffd7 Constant Work: The Price of Freedom for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/19/constant-work-the-price-of-freedom Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We were attacked 18 years ago by Islamic terrorists. They attacked us &#8212; our country &#8212; because they hate our way of life and our freedoms. Imagine what our lives would be like if we were stripped of our freedoms. What if we could no longer speak our minds, protest or vote? We should take advantage of these freedoms and lean into them. </p> <p>Many of us remember where we were on the day the attack happened. I was working out and noticed a plane flying into a building on a muted television. To my cursory view, it looked like a small private plane. It was not until a few minutes later that I realized it belonged to a commercial airline. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 3de241ba24478ecca53886ef0d6655bb Grateful for Freedom for 09/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/09/19/grateful-for-freedom Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Imagine you're 20 years old and living in Hong Kong. For your entire life, you have lived in a quasi-democracy. Then, about three months ago, that all changed when a bill was submitted that raised the possibility of extradition to China. Let's be clear: This would put Hong Kong's legal and judicial system under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.</p> <p>Xi Jinping, often referred to as the president of China, is first the general secretary of the Communist Party and the chairman of the Central Military Commission. His allegiance to the Chinese people as a whole is last. It's important to keep that in mind.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> bbda105e1abe55dc4684d2eb8514a9f8 America at Work for 08/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/america-at-work Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This Monday marks Labor Day, a time when we transition from summer to fall, schools begin and football moves from preseason to regular season. For me, a southerner, it also is the time to store my white shoes and handbags and to pull out my fall clothes &#8212; as soon as the temperatures drop.</p> <p>The first Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. It had nothing to do with sales, shoes or football. Instead, it involved more than10,000 people who had taken an unpaid day from work and marched from City Hall to Union Square in a visual display of the might of the American worker.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> af972365b1524b61c2305b6a45cf0b79 Let Everyone's Light Shine for 08/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/let-everyones-light-shine Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week marks the 400th anniversary of more than 20 African slaves being sold on land that is now part of our country. Many organizations are commemorating this with services or recognition of some sort. We should be aware of this date and focus on how we can use it as a reminder to work together to create a brighter future for our children and our country. </p> <p>The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students is a nonprofit focusing on education of Georgia children up to 5 years old (I serve on their board). In an email, the organization said, "a group of religious, educational and community leaders came together in Atlanta ... to join others all over the country in considering what this bitterly painful milestone demands of us in shaping our nation's future." Their decision was to focus on hearing every voice, specifically children's voices. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Among other things, they suggested singing "This Little Light of Mine" along with children, as a reminder to let their light shine.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 8931eaf766cc8cc3605ddf7e946265e1 Being Good Stewards of Our Earth for 08/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/being-good-stewards-of-our-earth Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When I was a child, my father &#8212; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich &#8212; was an environmental studies professor at West Georgia College in Carrollton. In 1971, our family spent the second Earth Day picking up trash from the side of the road. We often hiked, canoed and camped in the Okefenokee Swamp. </p> <p>One of my earliest memories is of the "Keep America Beautiful" commercial, produced in 1970 for the first Earth Day. It portrayed what appeared to be an American Indian crying over the pollution that littered our country. Later, we found out the actor was neither an Indian nor really crying. But his message was real: <span class="column--highlighted-text">We should take care of the land we inhabit.</span> <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> 4a822ea4b9e4f0661e272ce8b8d1d0ef The Problem With Narrative for 08/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/08/19/the-problem-with-narrative Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, The New York Times caved to online bullying and changed a headline for an article covering President Donald Trump's remarks after the horrible shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The original headline, "Trump Urges Unity Vs. Racism," was met with outrage on social media by those on the left.</p> <p>During the day, the hashtag #CancelNYT began trending. The headline was changed to "Assailing Hate but Not Guns." So, if the headline was initially wrong, what did Trump say on Monday in response to the shootings? <p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 5793d3389ed374077fb52edf7f1b0c67 National Matters for 08/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/national-matters Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you watched the first night of the second Democratic primary debate, or paid any attention to the media this past weekend, you'll recognize the current Democratic narrative: President Donald Trump is a racist, and we have to beat him.</p> <p>The previous narrative, which was promulgated for years, was Russian collusion. With the release of the Justice Department report and last week's testimony by former FBI Director Robert Mueller regarding the report, that narrative no longer resonates with reality. Mueller's testimony left most of America questioning who wrote the report (hard to believe it was Mueller, based on his tenuous grasp of what it contained) and who drove the investigation in the first place.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p>