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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MARIN & PETERSON: Recovering the Civil-Military Relationship

Paul Marin & Tim Peterson

To optimize the civil-military relationship is to reinforce its mutual incentive: victory. Both sides must uphold strategies of success over tactics of dominance to ensure a shared objective and recover trust.

PETERSON: City of Angles

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

A writer prepares to head home to Los Angeles to see how his hometown’s changed: how it’s grown and how it’s shrunk.

PETERSON & ROGERS: The Left’s Battle Cry Should Be a Dean Scream

Tim Peterson, Left-Independent
Conor Rogers, Center-Right

A smattering of pundits have argued that Democrats lack a salesman, someone to not simply counterbalance conservative criticism but to argue the progressive cause. Heading into November and beyond, the left needs its own Sarah Palin, its own Glenn Beck. They need Howard Dean.

PETERSON: A Civilian Wrestles With War

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

Whether or not one agrees with a war, he should not surrender to its leaders carte blanche. The more that people engage with war, the more familiar they will be with its costs and benefits, the more they will be able to understand its necessity and to apprehend its excesses.

PETERSON: Poll Reveals Polls Suck

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

By the underlying logic of polls, the numbers of those who believe Obama is a socialist could flip if the question becomes, “Is Obama Robin Hood?” No, seriously.

MARIN & PETERSON: Afghan Policy Changes Petraeus Should Make

Paul Marin & Tim Peterson

To ensure a successful withdrawal from Afghanistan next year, General David Petraeus must improve counterinsurgency efforts. We have a couple ideas on what he should do.

PETERSON: The Problem With Pensions

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

If states do not close the pension gap, then more taxes will be raised and more spending will be cut. It’s possible that eventually entire state revenues will bankroll guaranteed pension plans.

PETERSON: WikiDemocracy in America

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

As online tools like the California Budget Challenge and YouCut grow in popularity, do they portend a purer representative democracy?

PETERSON: An Open Letter to Arne Duncan

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

As more public schools are replaced with charters, a short-term solution becomes a long-term problem.

PETERSON: A Native’s Reaction to CA Prop. 14

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

There’s no shortage of opinion surrounding open primaries. But does any of it matter right now?

PETERSON: Time to Press Refresh on Congress

Tim Peterson, Associate Editor

The first in series of posts discussing the role of politicians. They claim to be incrementalists even though their functions are reactionary; they deign to preserve rather than progress, even to the point when that which they are preserving is themselves, to our detriment.

PETERSON: Regulators Pass the Buck, Companies Cash In

Tim Peterson, Columnist

Regarding the country’s recent and ongoing crises – from the financial collapse to the BP oil spill – regulation is neither exclusively the problem nor the solution. In many cases it’s both.

PETERSON: Don’t Mess With Textbooks

Tim Peterson, Columnist

By revising the state’s social studies curriculum, the activist Texas Board of Education has twisted history to abide conservative politics and indoctrinate students across the country.

PETERSON: Local Politics, National Elections – Really?

Tim Peterson, Columnist

The pundit class has been hyping up the upcoming Pennsylvania Senate primary as if it’s a national referendum – but is this sort of weight appropriate for a local election?

PETERSON: The Kagan Mistake

Tim Peterson, Columnist

Would a Justice Kagan be the best option for the Obama Administration? Tim Peterson examines her record to conclude that it is not.

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