Gingrich: From Bigotry to Poster-Boy for Not Raising Retirement Age to 70


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Historically, Gingrich has made some highly contraversial remarks, displaying a propensity to sound like someone who has a lot of bigotry and lot of “issues” bottled up inside.

He has expressed offensive and alarming opinions about women in combat, mothers who need assistance, claiming a lack of wealth for African-Americans is caused by their own habits; assailing bilingual education as “the language of living in a ghetto,” and more.

It is not a stretch to the imagination for one to draw the conclusion that Gingrich chose the day after the 9/11 anniversary to assail the President, using the President’s African heritage in a subtle and destructive attempt to draw a line between the President and terrorists.

Media Matters reported that, “On September 12, Gingrich  reportedly told National Review Online that Obama has pretended to be “normal” but actually seems to be engaged in “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior” … “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”

Media Matters’ documents Gingrich’s controversial remarks, which makes for some interesting reading if only on a clinical level. He seems to have issues with women (He proposed to his second wife while his first wife was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer treatments. He proposed to his third wife while still married to his second wife.), including young women with children, as well as being homophobic and apparently determined to continually yell ‘FIRE’ in a crowded room when there isn’t one:

  • Gingrich compares Islamic center to Nazis erecting a sign near Holocaust Museum and to a Japanese site near Pearl Harbor.
  • Gingrich: It’s time to “profile” and “actively discriminate based on suspicious terrorist information.”
  • Gingrich smears Sotomayor as a “racist.”
  • Gingrich: “[T]here is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us.”
  • Gingrich: Bilingual education teaches “the language of living in a ghetto.”
  • Gingrich: Poor blacks fail to acquire wealth partly because of their “habits.”
  • Gingrich on women in combat: Women would have trouble staying in ditches “because they get infections;” “males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.”
  • Gingrich proposes denying welfare benefits to young mothers and instead using funds to establish orphanages.

Gingrich would do well to check and appreciate his own heritage. Like the President, he seems to be living the American Dream. And in Gingrich’s case, it is despite his shortcomings; a testament to how great this country is.

Gingrich “was born Newton Leroy McPherson, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to nineteen-year-old Newton Searles McPherson and sixteen-year-old Kathleen Daugherty, who were married in September 1942. His mother raised him by herself until she married Robert Gingrich, who then adopted Newt.” [....] A child of a military family, Gingrich obviously benefited from the kinds of policies that allow Americans to reach for and realize their dream, i.e., housing, school, etc.

More recent than his “Kenyan” remarks is Gingrich’s new obsession with other country’s laws, taking his racist and deliberately incendiary remarks to a new fever pitch. Gingrich’s public outcry of stopping American judges from applying another country’s laws within our court system is over the top. Is this Gingrich’s way to rile up the party base by sending a message that says “we cannot afford to have those people in office because they will appoint more judges to our courts who think and look like them?” Talk about divisive! Or, has the guy just gone bonkers and is now babbling in public.

What is most unfortunate is that Gingrich has a doctorate degree and has also been a teacher. Clearly, he knows better, which makes his actions all the more sinister. Clearly, his lust for power and the spotlight are more prevalent in his life than any sense of humanity or determination of creating value instead of havoc.

The time has come for Gingrich to stop the negativity. No one; not Republicans, not Democrats, not Independents, or any other political thought, should be subjected to his kind of scurrilous, divisive behavior. His outrageous and irresponsible comments are a slap in the face to his heritage and our nation.

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