American Rhetoric: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

A Palin perplexity...

     I’m confoozled. For the last week, I’ve been struggling with a case of writer’s block. Now, thanks again to Fox News, I have something to rant / write about / expound on. The only thing is though, I’m not sure what the larger ramifications are of what I’m reading.

     As a lot of politically savvy people know, today is the Florida Primary election. The rest of the nation is watching this election closely to see where the GOP candidates will end up in the running, as Florida is considered one of those “key states.” Fox News, in their coverage of the election, posted this headline;

    “Exit polls show Mitt Romney leading among seniors and Hispanics, but Newt Gingrich trending among evangelical voters as candidates, along with Ron Paul and Rick Santorum, compete for a win in the Florida GOP primary.”

     Now, as most of my fine young readers know, I am no big fan of any of the GOP candidates that are in the running. Those that have dropped out, I was elated to see fail. Newt Gingrich however, I find particularly unfit and unacceptable as a presidential candidate. The man is a buffoon. This is a candidate that stood on-stage at a debate last year, and all but handed the playbook to Iran on how we as a nation under Newt would deal with them. This “good, Christian man” intimated to the American people that civilian scientists would be considered valid targets for assassination.

     What I want you to keep in mind, is that this is a man who in 1980, commenced an affair with one Marianne Ginther, while still married to his first wife Jackie Battley, who was incidentally his former high school Geometry instructor. Gingrich divorced his wife while she was in the process of battling cancer, and married Ginther. Then in 1993, he commenced an affair with a congressional staffer, (current “Mrs. Gingrich” Callista Bisek) then proposed having an “open marriage” to his then-wife (Gingrich époux deuxième) Marianne Ginther, and when she rebuffed the idea, dumped her like a Hefty bag of kitchen trash. This is a man that pressed for the impeachment of then-president Bill Clinton, due to Clinton’s extra-marital daliances with White House intern Monica Lewinsky…all while he himself was engaged in a long-term affair of his own!

     Newt Gingrich is no saint, despite however much he attempts to paint himself as one. I don’t know what I find more troubling; that a complete hypocrite can be in serious contention for a presidential bid, or that evangelical Christians are embracing this kind of candidate! Perhaps it is due to the likes of Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate who wears her faith as a badge of honor, throwing her full support behind ol’ Eye of Newt. (RETRACTION / EDIT: According to the Christian Science Monitor, it was Todd Palin that fully supports Newt, with Sarah taking the customary politically ambiguous approach.(source)) It also comes as no surprise to me that former Republican candidate Herman Cain, himself taken out of the running by rumors of daliances, is also supporting Gingrich.

     Things of this nature often have mind-boggling aspects attached to them. Newt Gingrich has taken a firm stand against things like Marriage Equality. This is something that I again find rather hypocritical, coming from a serial “wife-hopper” who has little to no viable concept of the “sanctity of marriage” himself. By contrast, fellow GOP candidate Mitt Romney has been married to the same woman since 1969. Those who profess an evangelical belief in Christ however, would rather see a repeat adulterer in office, simply due to the fact that Mitt Romney is a Mormon. As Kelly Bundy once said on “Married, With Children,” “The mind wobbles.”

     My readers might be asking at this point, who I intend on voting for. If I’m honest, then the jury’s still out on that. I’m not at all enthused with the job that O’Bummer has done since 2008, I KNOW I won’t be voting for Ron Paul or the would-be internet censor and homophobe Santorum. Since ol’ Eye of Newt seems to be getting more hypocritical by the hour, that leaves Mitt Romney. I don’t agree with Romney on several key issues, such as Marriage Equality. Then again, if anything’s going to get done on that front, it will not be through 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it will be through the legislature. I guess it all comes down to who would make a better leader; Barack Obama, or Mitt Romney.


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