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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BAIN: Obama’s Lackluster Leadership

Sam Bain, Columnist

Who is Barack Obama?

A few simple answers to that question is that he is the president, a Democrat, a leader; but when push comes to shove, do we really know who this man is; do we really know what he believes?

THERRIAULT: “Deciding” to Read President Bush’s Autobiography

Patrick Therriault, Columnist

November has been a busy month for former-President George W. Bush. After taking some time out of the spotlight, ground has recently been broken on his presidential museum in Dallas, and on November 9th, he released an autobiography entitled Decision Points. I have never read a president’s memoir or autobiography, but I am looking forward to reading the 43rd’s thoughts over my time off for the holidays this year.

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.

HOLLINSHEAD: Religious Freedom Must Triumph Over Islamophobia

Kevin Hollinshead, Columnist

The proposed Muslim center near Ground Zero will ultimately help the U.S. recover from the wounds of 9/11. Some victims’ families are understandably uneasy about the proposed mosque, but allowing Islamophobic scare tactics dictate our interpretation of the First Amendment would mean “letting the terrorists win.”

RUSHFORD: Who Are You Calling Middle Class?

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Many Democrats see $200,000 as the cut off for defining how much individual middle-class Americans make. However, this does not take in account the high cost of living for many Americans.

ROGERS: ‘More of the Same’ Could Save Obama

Conor Rogers, Editor

If President Obama doesn’t want to become synonymous with President Carter, there’s about one thing left the President can do. Barack Obama should come out in favor of a one-year extension of the Bush Tax Cuts.

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.

BARON: A History Primer for Republicans

Noah Baron, Religious Progressive

Lately, many prominent Republicans have been pretending that the events of September 11, 2001 either didn’t happen, or did not happen during the Bush administration. Sounds like these folks need a brief lesson in recent history.

ROGERS: The Best, The Worst & The Rest of the Decade in Politics

From impressive comebacks, humiliating let downs, memorable quotes and big surprises, here’s a look at some of the decades most notable people and events.

ROGERS: The Fierce Urgency of Afghanistan

Healthcare, cap and trade and tax hikes can’t wait, but Afghanistan can?

JACOBS: Stop Calling Our Presidents Hitler

The left has been up in arms about the Tea Party protesters calling Obama “Hitler,” but liberals did the same thing to George W. Bush.

McCAFFREY: It’s About Time!

Kathleen McCaffrey criticizes the President’s recent policy decisions in Afghanistan.

PERNELL: Executive Power? Depends On Who’s President

Mallory Pernell, Staff Writer Ideology: Liberal | Writing from: Carleton College A lot of criticism has been coming President Obama’s way about the healthcare reform bill. One of the harsher [...]

PHILLIPS: Expand the Torture Probe

Stephanie Phillips, Staff Writer Ideology: Liberal | Writing from: Oregon Attorney General Holder recently appointed a special prosecutor to investigate questionable interrogation techniques utilized by C.I.A. agents on prisoners during [...]

WALK: Obamacare – Too Fast, Too Furious

Even though the idea of “death panels” is false, Obama’s health care plan is still too expensive and is poorly timed.

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