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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CUSICK: Can You Feel the Freedom?

John Cusick, Contributor

From January 10th to 20th, a group of John Jay College students and I went to Cairo, Egypt with the group called Youth International Empowerment, on what was the group’s first trip, to facilitate social empowerment workshops with high school students. Although most of my group had to leave on the 20th due to the revolution, we stayed in contact with many of the Egyptian students with whom we had worked.

WINN: The Aristocratic Founding of the United States

As Egyptians fight for democracy, a closer look at the world’s first democratic republic. The United States Constitution reveals not a wholehearted endorsement of democracy but a group of Founding Fathers with a deep mistrust of completely democratic institutions. The protests in Egypt offer the promise of increased democratization. However, simply installing a new regime based on the majority sentiment of the moment could result in a regime far worse than Mubarak’s.

MARIN: The Comedy of Democracy and the Tragedy of Satire

Paul Marin, Columnist

Tragically, today’s democracy is colored with comic “relief” and a plethora of opportunities for satire. Between Colbert’s testimony before Congress, Stewart’s Rally on the Hill and the slew of O’Donnell caricatures, current politicians and their watchdogs in late-night t.v. legitimize the mockery of a government of, by and for the people.

HOLLINSHEAD: The Consequences of Congressional Term Limits

Kevin Hollinshead, Columnist

Proponents of term limits want to take the easy way out by essentially outsourcing their ability to oust incumbents (read: giving up power). Yet, every American eligible to vote has the opportunity to turn this system around. In the end, it’s on us.

LIFSON: Greene Win Highlights Need for Ballot Reform

Matthew Lifson, Columnist

The most reasonable explanation for Alvin Greene’s bizarre coup in the South Carolina Democratic primary: his name appeared first on the ballot.

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?

SIEFF: Poise and the President

Adam Sieff, Columnist

With oil flooding the Gulf and many Americans still out of work, the next two to three months will test President Obama’s deliberative style and his focus on economic recovery. He must not abandon either.

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.

CUEVAS: A Force to be Reckoned With

Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Independent
The power of the editorial is assessed by Jesse-Justin Cuevas, a recent college graduate and aspiring journalist.

CUEVAS: America the Despot?

Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Liberal

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the United States in 1830 he found a profound fascination with American politics. Following his visit, he wrote Democracy in America’s first volume. In it, Tocqueville reveres the American system for its positive valuation of participation that manifests in the practice of townships and municipal institutions.

MARIN: Basescu Mows Down His Opponents

An exclusive peek at the effects of Romania’s presidential election.

SIEG: How Democratic Is the EU?

Emily Sieg, Staff Writer Ideology: Social Democrat | Writing From: Washington, DC In the wake of World War II and in response to Cold War tensions, major European governments came [...]

BARON: Blunt Equality — Marijuana, Marriage, and Referenda

Maine decriminalizes marijuana but bans gay marriage — what happened and why.

SIEFF: The Useful Illusion of Majority Rule

The brilliance of Lincoln’s words aside, the United States has never been a nation of or by the People.

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