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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SWEATTE: Pioneer Palin for President

Drew Sweatte, Columnist

Sarah Palin is the only GOP leader who has offered a different, pioneering kind of leadership that can draw a contrast to the failed policies of Barack Obama.

WINN: Where Did All the GOP Candidates Go?

As of November, 5th 2010 political pundits turned their sights from the “shellacking” taken by Congressional Democrats in the midterm elections to the impending presidential primaries. While most coverage focused on the unlikely possibility of a primary challenge to President Obama I was struck by the fact that not a single Republican candidate has formally announced a presidential bid.

CIOCCI: Palin’s Not Ready to Be President

Chadwick Ciocci, Columnist

With the exceptions of Karl Rove, Barbara Bush and precious few other conservatives, those of us on the right have largely kept a sort of loyal but odd silence when it comes to the “Mama Grizzly” and her deep lack of ability when it comes to potentially governing this country. She has serious hurdles to overcome before being qualified. But given time, she could overcome her weaknesses — just not in time for 2012.

STROSTER: All the Single Ladies

Lianna Stroster, Columnist

Some women elected to public office consider themselves to be the “Lioness, protecting her cubs” like Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or the “Mama Grizzlies” like Sarah Palin. Since when was being a married mother a prerequisite for electoral victory? Does a woman not know how to represent her constituents in Congress if she’s never had to protect her pack of bears or lions?

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.

CUEVAS: Stranger than Fiction

Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Associate Editor

Socially and politically, we function through narrative, and entertainment is not the sole industry responsible. The American education system, too, cultivates a learned method of comprehension. And we can’t forget about the public sphere, where politicians and the media legislate and proselytize using idiomatic portrayals, foils and spin-offs of archetypical characters. We literally relate in the language of stories, of fiction. But have we reached the point where we traffic better in fiction than in fact?

STROSTER: Patriotism in America

Lianna Stroster, Columnist

In politics, patriotism has become competitive. The term has been twisted during political debate to be a value only applicable to the Republican or Conservative Party. “It would be one thing if I was an anarchist,” Stroster writes, “but as a Democrat, should I seriously be deemed unpatriotic?”

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.

CUEVAS: An Exercise in Agency or a Democratic Denial?

Jesse-Justin Cuevas, Associate Editor

Basil Marceaux, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee, became an Internet sensation during the campaign season. Although he received less than .5 percent of total votes in the Primary Elections, his popularity speaks to America’s love for a spectacle–possibly more, Jesse questions, than a desire to participate legitimately in politics.

PETERSON & ROGERS: The Left’s Battle Cry Should Be a Dean Scream

Tim Peterson, Left-Independent
Conor Rogers, Center-Right

A smattering of pundits have argued that Democrats lack a salesman, someone to not simply counterbalance conservative criticism but to argue the progressive cause. Heading into November and beyond, the left needs its own Sarah Palin, its own Glenn Beck. They need Howard Dean.

THERRIAULT: GOP Opts for a Small Tent

Patrick Therriault, Columnist

As the GOP succumbs to Western Republicanism, Northeastern Republicans may be tempted — or pushed — to join the Democratic Party this fall as it seeks voters to maintain its majorities in Congress.

CUEVAS: Palin’s Not the Only Elitist, Dontcha Know

Surprised to find out that anti-elitist Sarah Palin made $12 million dollars last year? Jesse-Justin Cuevas says she’s not the only one on the list.

SIEFF: Enfranchising “The Mainstream”

Adam Sieff, Liberal

For a word that is tossed around fairly frequently in public political discussion, and especially among conservatives, there seems to be little interest in actually understanding the emotions and ideas behind the “mainstream.” But when we look closer at its usage, we uncover a unity in the meaning of “mainstream” that sheds light on the current impasse in American politics.

PANDYA: Is 2012 ‘In Rogue’?

Sarah Palin might get the nomination in 2012, but chances of her winning are very low

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