Autiello: Will True Christianity Please Stand Up?

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.

SASSO: The Coming New Year

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.

SASSO: Kicking the Can

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.

CIOCCI: A Foolish Consistency

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.”

AKMAN: Jon Huntsman’s Meaningless Campaign

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.

SASSO: The 99% Rising

James Sasso

Associate Editor

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.

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FULHAM: Goldman and the Crisis

Peter Fulham, Democrat

What role did Goldman Sachs play in Greece’s crumble, and how responsible are they?

FULHAM: A Bigoted Last Stand

Peter W. Fulham, Democrat

If there was ever a point in the last year when Congressional Republicans appeared unshakably determined to walk on the wrong side of history, it was last week, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, which bars gays from serving openly in the military.

FULHAM: Remembering J.D. Salinger

Peter Fulham, Liberal

Salinger made a splash even when he didn’t want to – famous for not wanting to be famous, admired for wanting more than anything to be left alone.
But his writing was anything but reclusive. His sentences were miraculous, emerging onto the page as though they were direct transcripts of conversations in prep school dorm rooms, in hotel bars across New York.

FULHAM: The Democrats Self-Destruct, Again

Peter W. Fulham, Democrat

If anyone had suspicions that Team Obama was indeed hurdling towards implosion, the Democratic party’s catastrophe in Massachusetts last week surely confirmed them. But it’s not too late for Mr. Obama to make amends for failing to address the anger of disenfranchised voters, nor is it too late for the Democrats to prevent a hemorrhage of seats in the House and Senate in 2010.

FULHAM: Haiti’s Hell

Peter W. Fulham, Democrat

Many vulnerable people were killed or made more vulnerable as a result of the catastrophe in Haiti. But the United States and the rest of the world must take responsibility for allowing this small island nation to fall so far into the rubble. In the days and years to come, we have a remarkable opportunity to rebuild a Haiti that is stronger than ever before.

FULHAM: Rahm Emanuel’s Bridge to Nowhere

Peter W. Fulham, Democrat

Seasoned Washington politico Rahm Emanuel is calling many of the shots in the White House, and a careful examination of his record lends important insights into what we should expect from him in the future.

FULHAM: Notes on an Uncertain Decade

by Peter Fulham, Democrat

The past decade was not the worst of the century; the era following the Great Depression surely takes that prize. But it is perhaps safe to say that never before as a nation have we been so unsure of our future, so unable to find a silver lining in our own history, as we are now.

FULHAM: On the Brink of Health Care Reform

Americans have witnessed a long struggle for health care reform – almost 75 years to date. But this New Year, a hope sowed in the midst of the Great Depression is about to become a reality.

FULHAM: Saying Goodbye to the Decade of “Greed Is Good”

Peter W. Fulham, Columnist Ideology: Democrat | Writing From: Newton, Massachusetts When I was a junior in high school in 2007, I remember talking one night with a few of [...]

FULHAM: A Soldier’s Christmas

This Christmas season, Americans should keep in mind the sacrifices of soldiers whose work allows ordinary citizens to live in peace.

FULHAM: Fighting for Equality

The New York State Senate’s decision to deny civil rights to gays will only further empower the marriage equality movement.

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