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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THERRIAULT: The Political US Economy and Developing Markets

Though emerging markets are increasing shares in consumption and output may simply be attributable to a scale of population, the true power of many emerging economies will be realized as they are tested by time. How can the American economy, which has enjoyed being at the top of the global heap for nearly a century, accommodate and work with these emerging economies to bolster its own position? Politics will surely play a large role.

AUTIELLO: The Arrival of (Conservative?) Hispanic America

Nick Autiello, Columnist

America’s large and growing Hispanic population is far from politically uniform. But one issue unites them: immigration. Both parties must pass comprehensive immigration reform — that deals both with increased border security and a compassionate and pragmatic solution to the millions of people here illegally now — in order to remain politically viable.

RUSHFORD: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

The idea of a comedian espousing his views on the state of illegal immigration before Congress is infuriating, but the amount of press devoted to the House subcommittee hearing is not.

PANDYA: Immigration Reform the Wrong Way

Om Pandya, Columnist

Illegal immigration is a problem, Om Pandya says, but the current immigration reform legislation takes reckless steps towards finding a solution. He reminds us that the Republican first created the 14th Amendment, and he urges the Right not to regress and reverse one of its party’s greatest achievements.

ROGERS: Dude, Where’s My GOP?

Conor Rogers, Editor

The Republican party’s emerging hypocrisy on Constitutional issues poses a threat to future electoral viability. As opposition to immigration and Islam grows, the GOP is choosing short-term gain over long-term election strategy.

RUSHFORD: The GOP’s 14th Amendment Folly

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

The current Republican obsession to tinker with the 14th amendment of the Constitution has more to do with gaining favorable results in November ‘s Midterm Elections than actually changing the state of illegal immigration in this country. Yet, putting politics aside from this proposed solution from the GOP, how would amending the 14th amendment combat illegal immigration in the United States?

BILBO: Arizona, BP and a Golden Opportunity for the GOP

Tyler Bilbo, Columnist

Can the GOP accomplish the herculean task of reclaiming the House and the Senate? Thanks to Obama’s failure to intensify Democrats, it’s looking like they can.

RUSHFORD: Sue You, Arizona

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Illegal immigration is rooted in economics. US immigration policy errs in focusing too much on undocumented workers and not enough on their law-breaking employers.

STROSTER: Amnesty Is the Only Way

Lianna Stroster, Columnist

Granting amnesty, with punishments, is the only viable solution to America’s ever-growing illegal immigration problem. Doing such would not only help the US economy but would be consistent with the reinforce the tradition set 234 years ago by this country’s original hardworking immigrants.

LIFSON: Republicans Make the Center a Moving Target

Matthew Lifson, Columnist

If Democrats want moderate bills, they must make liberal arguments and then move to the center only though debate and negotiations. Otherwise, Republicans will just continue to choose new, more conservative positions and move the center with them.

HOLLINSHEAD: Another Day, Another One-Sided Compromise

Kevin Hollinshead, Contributor

President Obama understands that the only realistic solution to illegal immigration is a comprehensive overhaul that supplements border security measures with a crackdown on illegal hiring and exploitative employers, a requirement that illegal immigrants come forward and meet certain requirements in order to work towards citizenship, and reforms of our legal immigration system going forward. But why, then, does his administration keep following the same failed approach of making unmatched concessions to Republicans and expect a different result?

BILBO: The Real Ethnic Chauvinists

Tyler Bilbo, Columnist

The false tension that created in Arizona between American individualism and the cultural identities of ethnic minorities has the potential to significantly diminish a pluralistic landscape that has always characterized America.

LIFSON: Mayor Newsom, Fix San Fran First

Matthew Lifson, Columnist Ideology: Liberal | Writing From: Brown University            In the aftermath of Arizona’s brutal new immigration law, politicians from across the country have been tripping over one [...]

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