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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MCNAMARA: Cap and Trade to Conserve and Protect

Lindsay McNamara, Columnist

It is time to create a unified U.S. cap and trade program so that our carbon footprint decreases as much as it needs to. The longer it takes to implement a cohesive cap and trade program, the more drastic the cuts would have to be to make up for lost time and the subsequent amounts of carbon emitted into the atmosphere.

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.

RUSHFORD: Gay Marriage Is About Taxes, Not Sex

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Fiscal conservatives cannot in good faith agree with Proposition 8 or any laws against marriage equality. Laws such as the Defense of Marriage Act unfairly tax Americans for benefits that many will never receive.

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: 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?

CARPENTER: Normalizing Relations with Marijuana

Emma Carpenter, Columnist

California, Colorado and even the federal government are taking positive steps towards legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana. So roll easy, stoners – soon you will be able to smoke your joints and inhale them too.

SIEFF: On California Part 3: The Governorship

Adam Sieff, Liberal

On Thursday, a Daily Kos-Research 2000 poll released numbers on the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race: Jerry Brown (D) leads Meg Whitman (R), but only barely. Adam Sieff takes a closer look at this year’s California gubernatorial race and its longer term implications.

PETERSON: California’s Catch-22

Tim Peterson, Independent

Unfortunately for Californians, the current politicians would rather be elected than effectively solve the budget problem, and cater to voters’ conflicting wants as opposed to serving up their own menu.

SIEFF: ON CALIFORNIA II

Extending the rationalization thesis, evaluating true neo-conservatism, and a call to action.

Sieff: Exposing the “War on Drugs”

How reactionary, misguided and extortionate Federal drug regulations created, inflamed and perpetuated the “Drug War” of today.

Sieff: On California

Inviolable individualism and the fall of the golden state.

ROGERS: The Case For Marriage Equality

A constitutional conservative argues for marriage equality from a constitutional and social standpoint. Conor Rogers, Editor Ideology: Republican | Writing from: New Jersey The passage of California Proposition 8 was [...]

ROGERS: Do your best friends get the same rights as you?

Conor Rogers, Editor Ideology: Republican | Writing From: New York City Proposition Number Eight: In California, Marriage is between a man and a woman – Yes or No? Do you [...]

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