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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Om Pandya, Columnist
On Tuesday, citizens of New York had their work cut out for them when they went to the polls. The myriad of problems that faced them not only prevented many from voting in the first place, but also left some who cast their votes wondering if they would count.
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.
Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Independent
Trying Khaled Sheikh Mohammed in a criminal court would send a clear message of pride and certainty to the rest of the world – a distinguished belief in our system and our country’s dependence on and commitment to due process. Certainly 9/11 was an act of war rather than a “mere” felony, but that does not legitimize the subversion of one of the pillars supporting this government. Instead of subverting due process, we should sublimate it.
by Peter Fulham, Democrat
The past decade was not the worst of the century; the era following the Great Depression surely takes that prize. But it is perhaps safe to say that never before as a nation have we been so unsure of our future, so unable to find a silver lining in our own history, as we are now.
The New York State Senate’s decision to deny civil rights to gays will only further empower the marriage equality movement.
Has the President put himself and the Democrats on the political defensive in 2010 by asking New York Governor Paterson to not seek reelection?
Conor J Rogers, Editor Ideology: Republican | Writing from: New Jersey Will he or won’t he? Rudy Giuliani is contemplating a return to New York politics, this time around for [...]