American Rhetoric: GOP – Goofs of Politics?

Newt gets an "F."

    News outlets are now calling Newt Gingrich the GOP frontrunner. The former Speaker of The House is leading in the polls, now that Herman Cain has bowed out of the race. What this apparently means for “Election 2012” is that a second term for Barack Obama is pretty much fait accompli.

     Think about it. This is the same Newt Gingrich that back in 1994, suggested that aid to economically disadvantaged single mothers be stopped, and that their children be removed and placed in orphanages. This is the same Newt Gingrich that posited the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996, the Draconian Gingrich idea which proposed that we would execute those bringing illegal drugs across our borders.(1)

     Newt Gingrich’s ignorance has not waned over the past 15 years. Just a few blog articles back, I covered Mr. Gingrich’s evident lack of faith in the economically disadvantaged’s ability to raise children with a solid work ethic, which shows that his disdain for the poor hasn’t changed. Now, in a recent interview with The Jewish Channel, he turns his ignorance towards the Palestinians, referring to them as an “invented” people and completely ignoring the millennia of history that predate the Ottoman Empire that Gingrich mentioned in his comments:

     “Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community, and they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940’s, and I think it’s tragic.”(2)

     Before continuing to eviscerate Mr. Gingrich and his ignorance, let’s look a little bit at the Middle East and its storied history. Since at least 1010 BCE, there have been various established “states” and kingdoms in the area of land that is now occupied by Israel, the land area referred to as “Palestine.” The land has changed hands numerous times since antiquity, from the ancient Jews to the Babylonians, to the Achaemenids, to the Seleucids, to the Hasmoneans, then to Rome for a period of time from the “BCE” to the “CE.”

     Right around 636 CE, the area became part of the Islamic Empire under the Rashidun Caliphate, immediately following the Battle of Yarmouk. Shortly thereafter, construction was started on the Dome of The Rock, which was completed around 690 CE. From that point, it was a succession of the Umayyad, the Abbasids, the Seljuq Empire, Crusaders from western Europe in 1099, Saladin and the Ayyubids, eventually leading up to the Ottoman Turks. It is at this point that Newt Gingrich’s history class picks up. (smh.)

     Now that we’ve had our little “quickie” history lesson, back to Newt the Brute. In my not-so-humble opinion, this was Gingrich playing to the Jewish community and talking down the Palestinians by calling them an “invented” people. What this actually was though, was Newt again showing us just how ignorant he is…or is he? Aren’t we Americans equally as “invented”? We cleaved ourselves out of the British Empire back in the late 1700’s, but even before that we were referring to ourselves as “Americans,” by virtue of the fact that we were living in America. What do we refer to the original occupants of this land as? “Native Americans.” Are Native Americans an “invented” people as well? Maybe Mr. Gingrich should seek those answers, before making poor attempts at painting himself as “pro-Israel” by talking down Palestinians, who have definitely been in the area since long before the Ottoman Empire.

     If this was a History final, Mr. Gingrich gets an “F” and must repeat the course. Given the many moronic positions that he has taken in the past, I shudder to think what his frontrunner status in the polls indicates about the majority of Republican voters; either they’re not paying attention, (which they need to, if things are to get any better for the U.S. in the future!) or they’re just as willingly clueless as Gingrich himself. I hope it’s the former and not the latter, because the former at least can be fixed, and we can all move to the head of the class.

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11 comments on “American Rhetoric: GOP – Goofs of Politics?

  1. David says:

    Until the Fed govt. passed its first DRUG CONTROL in the early 20th Century, drug abuse was a miniscule problem. Read some history books. I have read many old books. Only an occasional mention of Laudanum abuse or the Opium Dens. Alcoholism was and still is a HUGE problem but it is not a felony to possess or use alcohol!
    Nixon declared War on Drugs in 1971. I was then an adult. The usage of Illegal drugs has only grown. At the time I agreed with him! I have learned better!
    The powerful make too much money off of drug trafficking and alleged solutions to Drug Problems.
    They should be de-criminalized, like liquor. You can find kids buying illegal drugs everyday. How often do you see children with whiskey bottles?
    The states should each determine their own Drug Laws. This is the proper province of State and local law!
    Read the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution!
    Drug Addicts steal due to the HIGH PRICES OF DRUGS. The high prices are due to the drugs’ illegality. Most drug violence is due to “turf wars” by Drug dealers! I have thrice lived in areas infested with drug addicts. I know what I this subject!
    To indict people for possession is a “thought crime”. you have determined they will break the law because they possess a contraband substance. I oppose “Big Brother”!
    Think John, and have a wonderful morning!

  2. Isn’t it an interesting coincidence that there is another “Draconian” school of thought that calls for death for drug traffickers…Shariah Law. (Hmm, was Gingrich possibly taking a page from the Muslim playbook there, back in 1996?)

    • David Thompson says:

      “WAR ON DRUGS” IS STUPID; HAS CORRUPTED OUR LEGAL SYSTEM!

      • No, try this instead; the War on Drugs is NOT stupid, the stupid part is how it’s being waged. (Or not waged, you’re telling me that a country that has the capability to use ground-penetrating radar and similar technologies from SPACE, can’t locate a few cross-border drug tunnels? A country so interconnected that even the poorest person can IM from a cellular device, can’t educate its populous and give them more desirable alternatives to frying their brains with meth?)

        No, the War on Drugs needs to be fought, but the underlying strategies need to be completely reworked, and then 150% committed to.

  3. If this is one of those pointless “pissing contests” about “who was there first,” then indeed the first extant group to settle the area of Palestine would be the Israelites. (Jews) That is not however, the way stuff works. If it was, then we should give this whole country back to the various Native American tribes that were here before we were.

  4. David says:

    NEWT is not my pick, will vote for any REPUBLICAN for PRESIDENT! As for POLLS, MEDIA, About four years ago, they said MITT’S THE MAN!!! We know how that turned out! If Government did not block domestic energy production, we could dis-engage from the MIDEAST!

    • So, let me get this straight. If given the choice between Gingrich and Obama, you’d vote for Gingrich? In my honest opinion, you’d be wasting your vote. Obama is definitely the lesser of two evils in that instance. Personally, I would LOVE to see a candidate that holds Ron Paul’s views, but is at least 30 years younger.

      On the energy production front, I would love to see development of more efficient solar cells, hydrogen technology (why not, it happens to be the most plentiful element in the universe, and burns clean!) and other “green” sources. If we’re really about sustaining our presence on this big dirt clod falling through space, (yes, we’re actually falling, toward the sun which has more mass!) then we need to get serious about it.

      • David says:

        I have NEVER voted for a dem for President although I was a dem for years. They left me, LIKE THEY LEFT REAGAN! This GREEN FUEL gig started under Carter. It has been govt., (read taxpayer) subsidized to the billions if not trillions of dollars. I have personally seen 1000’s of wind generators across the country. After all of this, GREEN ENERGY, wind and solar produces a miniscule amount of our energy. US.energy.consumption.pie.chart
        http://www.memphisflyer.com
        I found this by a “bing” search: “us energy production pie chart”.
        I have a young friend from church who is very enthused about Tesla cars, but you still must generate the electricity. Would you like to buy an electric car for $80,000.00 and take your family to New York with it? The Nuclear power is the only feasible way to generate enough electricity to charge the car batteries. Until, if ever, HUGE LEAPS are made in technology, the GREEN ENERGY is a MONEY PIT, (read extorted taxpayers’ money), MIRAGE!
        Another corrupt, incompetent, “dem progressive hack” appointed to the Supreme Court by obama will end Our Constitutional Republic. Look at Solyndra, the over $500,000,000.00 ladled out to Al Gore and all the other obama FRAUDS and you can’t find any administration in our history as corrupt as this one!
        VOTE FREEDOM, VOTE OUT obama!
        Have a great evening!

        • If voting Obama out would mean voting Gingrich in, you can keep him. This is the SAME NEWT GINGRICH that just last month, during a National Journal hosted GOP debate, stood on stage and basically gave away his whole gameplan for dealing with nuclear-ambitious hostile states such as Iran. “All of it covert, all of it deniable.” YEAH, RIGHT! Up until he opened his mouth!

          Newt Gives Away The Gameplan

          If Gingrich was an NFL head coach, his would be the team that now stands at 0 and 12, because he would have given every other team a copy of his playbook before the start of the regular season! He would be the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

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