Nick Autiello, Contributor
The notion that homosexuality is a sin and un-Christian is one that is less than a hundred years old. It is wrong, and has no basis in scriptural or historical reality.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
As the tumultuous 2011 comes down to its final day, this column could contain an obnoxious summary of the year’s extraordinary events. Rather than once again discussing the protests around the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden, Fukushima, America’s political ineptitude, Europe’s demise or the increasingly frightful weather patterns, here I attempt to predict what 2012 holds in store.
James Sasso, Associate Editor
For one of the first times in his tenure as Speaker, John Boehner has made a statement with which every American, Republican or Democrat, should fully agree; the two-month Senate bipartisan extension of the payroll tax cut fails to fix the nation’s problems sufficiently. Providing a short-term band-aid to a long-term dilemma contradicts what a responsible government should accomplish, but fits the pattern of contemporary American politicking.
Mitt Romney is guilty of serial hypocrisy, Newt Gingrich is guilty of being a public intellectual constantly scrutinized by the media and others, and Ron Paul never ceases to remind me about one of my favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
Josh Akman, Columnist
Jon Huntsman did not participate in the CNN Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. Short of his family and small (and getting smaller) campaign staff, no one really noticed. In a bizarre and counterproductive effort to impress New Hampshire voters Huntsman skipped the debate to protest Nevada moving its caucus ahead of New Hampshire’s, which has always been the nation’s first primary. It’s bizarre because no one else skipped the debate. It’s counterproductive because right now, Jon Huntsman is polling 6% in New Hampshire.
For the past month a movement has grown out of Zuccoti Park in New York with the potential to grab at the very heart of America’s problems. “We are the 99%” is not simply a catchy phrase used by frustrated jobless Americans , but a commentary on the disgraceful economic inequality that has arisen in the United States since the 1970s.
by Ian Goldin, Left-Independent
The troop surge is largely going to be used to strengthen Afghan security forces, which is a way of supporting the tribes that are friendly to us and who are willing to fight the Taliban. In addition, the strategy attempts to shore-up security on the Pakistan border, which will make it harder for the Taliban to escape across the line, where they basically have a safe haven. Let’s hope it’s not too little too late.
Why aiding development is key to success in Afghanistan
Cap and trade legislation has been branded as a taxing economy killer by conservatives. In reality, it has the potential to turn the world economy around.
The high-profile execution of the DC sniper has brought executions back onto the national scene.
Many Republicans claim that tort reform is the solution to our healthcare crisis, but tort reform causes a crisis on its own.
Ian Goldin, Guest Writer Ideology: Left-Independent | Writing from: Washington, DC On October 11th, the largest mobilization for gay rights in nearly a decade converged on the Nation’s capital. Time [...]
On October 11, thousands of Americans will march for equal rights for LGBT people in Washington DC.
Neoclassical economics and current international trade is a threat to our economy, our ecosystem and the developing world.
Ian Goldin, Staff Writer Ideology: Liberal Independent | Writing From: George Washington University Earlier this week, the American people got a short look into the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s [...]
Guest columnist Ian Goldin examines the connection between our corporate-owned media, our Congress, and healthcare reform.
How to get past taxes, cap-and-trade and policies and into making a real difference, everyday.
Ian Goldin, Guest Columnist Ideology: Left-Independent | Writing In: Buffalo, NY On Tuesday, Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke was grilled by congress about his plans to expand Fed authority to [...]