That Wacky Newt!

She turned me into a Newt!

So Newt Gingrich is under the mistaken impression that he can get his party’s nomination for President in 2012. It is to laugh. This from a man who has had multiple affairs, been married several times and served one wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital. Yes, he’s a quality example of modern Republicanism in action.

But, hey, to be fair this is the same party that thought Sarah Palin was a dandy choice for VP back in 2008. I thought the same, but the difference is, I can admit I was wrong. So it’s entirely possible they might nominate him for President. But should that happen, I’ll welcome it. Imagine the glory of a campaign where the GOP candidate is an adulterous, multi-divorced, heartless bastard running against a Democrat in a happy, stable marriage to his first wife. Hilarious!

Anyhow, in addition to his now famous flip-flop on Libya, Newt said something entertaining recently about the future of America.

“I have two grandchildren — Maggie is 11, Robert is 9,” Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church here. “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”

This is very telling. First off, he seems to think that a “secular atheist country” would be one that’s dominated by a religion. A slight contradiction there, I feel. Logically you can have or the other, not both. I suppose it’s possible you could have a largely atheist country where the largest religious denomination is a radical version of Islam, but I think that’s somewhat unlikely, especially given that Muslims in this country constitute somewhere around 1% of the population. In a country of about 300 million people, that would be three million. And of those, I strongly doubt that more than 1% would be so-called “radicals”. That gives us about thirty thousand. Out of three hundred million. Yeah, I don’t think we have much to worry about there.

Second, and more interesting, is what this says about Newt’s view of Christianity, particularly his version of it. He believes it’s so weak, so powerless, so unable to survive in the marketplace of ideas, that it will eventually be supplanted by atheism and radical Islam. Now as it happens I agree that it will eventually collapse and atheism will become dominant around the world, but that is, as mentioned, somewhat different from any version of Islam.

Of course what Newt is really trying to do is prey on people’s fears of Islam. The crowd he preaches to (and believe me, it’s preaching), is one that’s predisposed to believe that Islam is a horribly evil, foreign religion, not at all like Christianity, which is 100% American. It’s the same view Americans used to hold of Catholicism, which is rich, given that Gingrich is a Catholic.

So, anyhow, yeah, this guy is a joke. I hope the ticket consists of him and Palin running together because, really, I want to make the 2012 election as easy as possible for Obama.

Also, this article officially begins my “Campaign 2012” category. Enjoy!


One Response to “That Wacky Newt!”

  1. Warren Says:

    It’s not just Islam he’s lifting as a bugaboo, but atheism as well. I still recall how “secular humanist” was used as an epithet in the 1990s, which always puzzled me. Let’s see – nonreligious, and interested in human welfare? How ghastly.

    So too with “situational ethics”, really, which is precisely what Christians practice whenever they favor capital punishment or warfare over Commandment 6 (or 5, depending on what kind of Christian you are).

    So yeah, it’s the Horrors of Islam and the Terror of Atheism and the Dreadfulness of Secularism (agnosticism?) that Newt’s targeting en masse, basically in the name of agitating the Good White Believing Christians. Who will, of course, mindlessly swallow anything as long as they’re getting stroked.

    [Insert inappropriate comment about previous sentence here.]

    I’m guessing you caught that already, though. 😉

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