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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Stroster: America’s Revolt

Revolts and protests seem to be the thing to do these days from Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, and Iran, to our very our backyards in the U.S. Between the demonstrations in Madison, WI to the all-nighters in the U.S. House chamber, 2011 budgets are causing quite a stir.

THERRIAULT: Senate Waits till End to Pass START

Patrick Therriault, Columnist

As Congressional Sessions shift from 111th to 112th, there is little time to clear the docket of critical legislation. One important bill, the New START Treaty, had broad international significance–and not just because of its potential to boost U.S.-Russia relations.

AUTIELLO: Heed Holbrooke

Nick Autiello, Columnist

We need to start turning this country around, and correctly it needs to begin with the economy. But real economic recovery requires getting ourselves out of the longest war in American history and focusing all that attention on our failing public school system, not on tax cuts that aren’t actually tax cuts for people who are sitting on top of trillions of dollars.

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?

MARIN: Change Is Needed

Voting in a Republican Congress on Tuesday is a gamble. With the economy in the tank, the Obama Administration needs both a wake-up call as well as political cover for decisions that would be unpopular with the liberal base on economic issues. The imperative for change makes voting Republican a well-placed bet. And should it not live up to its promise, a Republican Congress may be what President Obama needs for reelection.

AKMAN: President Obama, It’s Time to Fight

Josh Akman, Columnist

Democratic candidates in Congress are beginning to fight. As their majorities in Congress are disappearing faster than the ozone layer, Democrats are getting up and getting pissed. Now, as Democrats see a bleak gleam at the end of the tunnel (meaning their losses in November might just be disastrous, not catastrophic), the message to the president could not be more clear: FIGHT.

THERRIAULT: Two Years Worth of Headlines in Under 50 Pages

Patrick Therriault, Columnist

This past Thursday, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives unveiled a document entitled “A Pledge to America.” Hearkening back to 1994 when the GOP published a manifesto called “A Contract with America,” Republicans in 2010 see themselves on the verge of taking back control of at least one, if not both chambers of Congress in this November’s election. Though the 48-page credo is longer than their previously released culminations of thought, it contains few concrete thoughts based on evidence. Rather, the writers often rely on blaming the President, the Democrats and their ideas for all of the troubles currently being experienced in America. At the same time, coherent themes and new ideas, as well as stances on social policy, remain noticeably absent from the narrative. Republicans, therefore, have been met with surprising amounts of scepticism from both their Left and their Right.

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.

RUSHFORD: She’s a Lady—But Is That All?

Stephanie Rushford, Columnist

Yesterday was Women’s Equality Day, a day Congress designated to commemorate the ratification of 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. However, as revolutionary as the ratification of the 19th amendment was, there are still many ideological battles for women to fight and win in 2010.

PANDYA: A Bitter Summer for Republicans

Om Pandya, Columnist

With this being a prime year for Republican hopefuls, many races have been overcrowded with strong challengers that attack each other more than they attack their opponents across the aisle. A look into the heated Florida election season shows the grimy face of politics.

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: Is It Worth It?

In the wake of the rise of “debranded” Republicans, fiscally conservative former Republicans self-identifying as Independents, Tyler Bilbo challenges the stability of a Conservative Congress come November.

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.

BLAIR: Welcome to the Age of Women

Paul Blair, Guest Columnist

2010 is the year of women, not because we will be electing a couple more women into office, but because they truly are engaging in our political discussion like never before. As they hold signs in protest, contribute to political campaigns and perhaps successfully run for office, they are involved like never before.

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