During one of the televised Republican debates, I don't know which was ultimately more depressing: listening to the candidates cheerleading war, or the audience thumping their puffed up, hollow chests in response. A most telling exchange was when one candidate had the audacity to cite the Golden Rule as a justification for the USA to stop being the global leader in death-dealing/war profiteering - and he was roundly booed for it.
And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL." - Alice's Restaurant (Arlo Guthrie)
But by far and away the crowning moment of the Republican presidential candidate debates was the petulant, self-righteous deflection by Newt away from any mention of his past, personal transgressions. This is a marked departure from the crusade he led against former President Clinton, one undermined by his own simultaneous wallowing in hypocritical sin. In conjunction with his cornerstone opposition to secularism, Gingrich's hiding under the robes of Jesus is opportunistic pandering at best.
The seeking of forgiveness is, outside of the political arena, a highly personal decision best left between the parties involved. However, on a national platform - especially one built from the beams in other people's eyes - making character judgements on a candidate's conduct and morality is well within the prevue of the public domain. Gingrich's capacity for lying, cheating, thieving behavior is well documented, and that goes entirely without mentioning any personal affairs.
As opposed to the opinion of shills on FAUX on how infidelity actually makes for a better president, Americans rightfully ought to wonder if a President Gingrich would defect to become the leader of another country halfway through his term. After all, if he "can't handle a Jaguar" how could he hope to perform behind the wheel of the United States?
“To take an ex-wife and make it two days before a primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.” - Newton Pious XIII
Ah, no. What one should be truly "appalled" about is listening to yet another supposedly pro-life politician with one hand cranking the meat-grinder of war, reveling in the slaughter of innocent civilians, and who really doesn't give a shit about the sick or poor.
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