Saturday, July 24, 2010

Earlier this week…

…I was going to tag this as the "un-American idea of the day." It's Saturday night, and there's no doubt, it's the pick of the week, may be the year so far. Disgraced former Speaker Newt Gingrich...
There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.
Gingrich is neither stupid nor ignorant. He says things like this fully understanding their essentially un-American character and knowing that they are destructive to Constitutional governance. He doesn't care.

Not about the truth.

Not about the Constitution.

Not America.

Not you.

The problem is, when he says things like this, pandering to people's basest fears and prejudices, he knows he can move a mob of people who don't understand, who don't know, who do not , some who may choose, in fact, to not grasp the idea that we are better than tyrannical theocracies only to the degree that we are different than them. To advocate imitating those tyrants at this historical juncture borders, it seems to me, on treason.

Heck, Newt may have just stumbled on the quintessential un-American idea.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Back in 1994, Newt Gingrich proposed giving every household in America, that could use one, a laptop computer; the idea was to close the Digital Divide, as the reality that those without computers can't compete as effectively, in either school or the job market, without one. It was to be funded by the Federal government - exact details TBD (to be determined).

Then, the Republicans won the House of Representatives and that idea was tabled - indefinitely.

Professor Gingrich is not a man you can trust, even when he proposes a good idea. Con-men are like that.

3:10 AM  
Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

Clarification to last post: As the reality that those without (laptop) computers can't compete as effectively, in either school or the job market without one, is called.

3:13 AM  

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