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, 14 Oct 2019 22:04:50 -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 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> ab080c161f0efaf58df5c1c166a1137d It's Not Always About Racism; Often, It's About Resilience for 07/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/its-not-always-about-racism-often-its-about-resilience Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you recently been out in public and felt that you were treated rudely? Someone cuts in line, gives you a mean look or says something that strikes you as rude. What happened, and how did you respond? Did you take it as a personal attack, as an attack on your race or gender? Or did you just decide that the other person might be having an off day and let it slide? Or perhaps you quietly reasserted yourself, if you thought it may have been an inadvertent slight.</p> <p>Last Friday, Erica Thomas, Georgia House representative from District 39 and the minority caucus vice chair for the Democrats, posted an emotional video on her Facebook page alleging that, while at a grocery store, she was told to "go back" to where she came from. "This white man comes up to me and says: 'You lazy son of (expletive). You need to go back where you came from.' <p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 277355790644102a260645b007e5b1e2 Longing for Grace and Poise for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/longing-for-grace-and-poise Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last Sunday, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic played 4 hours and 57 minutes, the longest Wimbledon singles final in history. The match ended with a winning tiebreak by Djokovic, 32, in the fifth set. Afterward, he praised his nearly 38-year-old opponent, saying, "Roger really inspires me with his effort at his age." It was an enormous effort by both gentlemen regardless of their age.</p> <p>The two top tennis players battled it out at Wimbledon with grace and poise. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> e4f4b191d5cefa607d94beb4807fa26a Economic Education for All for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/economic-education-for-all Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The current push to drastically increase the national minimum wage seems to be lacking an economic framework. The economy is a system that is interlocking and interrelated. If one item changes, then other items will also change. </p> <p>So, increasing the pay of those making minimum wage will also increase the expenses incurred by the businesses that employ them. Those businesses, in turn, will increase the prices of their services or products to cover those increased costs. In response, their customers will reduce their demand for those products. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> b60a7b7c8ffbec06fe87c887e0614af6 Proud to Be an American for 07/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/07/19/proud-to-be-an-american Thu, 04 Jul 2019 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 &#8212; not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different and exceptional structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American. </p> <p>We declared our independence from Great Britain 243 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 9cd1fc061b8f692d2612fea0677ef8e2 Democratic Presidential Contenders Get Ready for Their Close-Ups for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/democratic-presidential-contenders-get-ready-for-their-close-ups Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week marks the official kickoff of the prime-time Democratic presidential primary process. Two debates in Miami will include the top 20 contenders &#8212; yes, top 20. </p> <p>Ten contenders will participate in each of the two-hour debates, to be held Wednesday and Thursday night during prime time. The debates will be televised live on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 69d45bb45db2d5d6d450d2de6715114e Understanding, Explaining and Action for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/understanding-explaining-and-action Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is a difference between understanding and action. Most people understand that it is cheaper to brew coffee at home than to stop by Starbucks and spend $3 on a cup of coffee, but millions of people buy Starbucks coffee. Some buy it every once in a while; some buy it several times a day. They all justify the expense to themselves in one way or another. It's more convenient. It's a place to gather with friends. It tastes so good. It's only $3. The one excuse I have never heard is "I would rather spend money now and not have enough money for retirement."</p> <p>People are driven by emotion, are often irrational and often make decisions that lead to actions based on how they feel rather than what they know. It's not simply about knowledge but also about how taking a certain action makes them feel &#8212; or how they think it will make them feel &#8212; especially in the short term. We all do this every day &#8212; when we eat another piece of bread, drink another glass of wine or skip our workout. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> c05fec00fadd32818794ca3bbbb1b425 Thanks for Fathers for 06/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/thanks-for-fathers Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've often told my children that the most important decision they will ever make is whom they marry.</p> <p>For those of us blessed to have children, the decision has an impact that goes beyond who will love, comfort, honor and keep us (as the Episcopal Church vows state). It includes who will be a role model to our children, who will help provide for them financially, who will watch over their spiritual and moral development and who will work to provide them with a better life. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 89f479a8a597760aca2e015552625102 Thanks and Gratitude on D-Day for 06/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/06/19/thanks-and-gratitude-on-d-day Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We lived in Belgium in the late 1960s while my father researched for his dissertation. I was too young to remember, but my mother told me that, while traveling in France, we were greeted by a standing ovation at a restaurant because we were Americans and American troops had freed their city from Nazi control a few decades before.</p> <p>That ovation happened about a half-century ago. This week marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The year before the invasion, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic Coast of Europe to provide his army on the east with relief.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> 75dcd88e7fcfc136533b42836fffd1cb The Right Choices for 05/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/jackie-gingrich-cushman/05/19/the-right-choices Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and upheld an Indiana law that had been signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence. The law, according to the Supreme Court ruling, "excluded fetal remains from the definition of infectious and pathological waste, thereby preventing incineration of fetal remains along with surgical byproducts. It also authorized simultaneous cremation of fetal remains, which Indiana does not generally allow for human remains." </p> <p>The Supreme Court decided not to rule on the second question of the case: "whether Indiana may prohibit the knowing provision of sex-, race-, and disability-selective abortions by abortion providers." This was also struck down by the 7th Circuit. The high court noted that it is awaiting rulings from "additional courts of appeals" before taking up the question. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p>