There are a lot of things I can’t quite figure out when it comes to my friends on the other side of the aisle.
I seriously try not to pay too much attention to the silliness that has become the Republican presidential primary “season.”
Still, early on I expressed my concerns over candidates such as Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain, who rather capriciously used the Lord’s name in vain while claiming He had commanded them to run for the highest office in the land.
God apparently wasn’t a big supporter since all three have pretty much fallen by the wayside.
Cain is out after being exposed as a philanderer (exposed by rivals in his own party, not by the liberal media as some believe).
Bachmann and Perry just seem to go from goofy to goofier and really pose no credible threat to any of the more serious candidates.
Now, the front runner appears to be Newt Gingrich.
This really confuses me.
GOP loyalists are apparently very, Very, VERY forgiving people — except, or course, when it comes to President Barack Obama.
Nope. No forgiveness, compassion, or even basic respect there.
And yet ...
There seems to be tons of forgiveness when it comes to Gingrich.
Little remembrance and bucket loads of forgiveness.
The good supporters of the GOP have long claimed they are the party of family values, and Christian values, and the American way, and Compassionate Conservatism.
Gingrich categorically demonstrates none of that. None.
But ... he’s “The Man.”
This paragon of family values left his first wife for the woman with whom he was having an affair, making divorce arrangements while his wife was lying in a hospital bed recovering from cancer treatments. He then left his second wife for the woman with whom he had a six-year affair. This example of Christian values later married his mistress — his third wife.
He is a noted and documented womanizer, but all is forgiven.
Forgiven and forgotten, because the option is Obama.
Don’t folks remember this darling of the Republican Party created a historic shutdown of the government over a manufactured budget crisis in 1995 which came about as the result of a supposed personal affront involving where he sat on Air Force One during a return trip from Israel while Bill Clinton was president? Gingrich admitted the budget crisis was of his own making, but said simply, “It’s petty, but I think it’s human.”
Gingrich claims he’s the guy who will both save his party, and be the “outsider” who will save the nation from Washington insiders.
Do folks not remember he left Washington after being an insider himself, but only after being forced to pay $300,000 in fines for ethics violations?
Ethics violations, folks.
Still, he didn’t have a problem paying those fines. His “consulting firm” has earned over $100 on contracts since 2000. He himself has reportedly been paid over $1.5 million by the same people he regularly castigated — Freddie Mac.
Gingrich claims Mitt Romney is a “flip-flopper.”
He himself has made some fantastic flips and spectacular flops with regard to immigration and environmental issues.
He told the GOP faithful they should “think twice” before deporting illegal aliens higgly-piggly.
Gingrich himself totally flipped his position on the environment from when he was a card-carrying member of the Sierra Club (gasp!!!!!!) to today. Not too long ago, he himself suggested the nation needed mandated “carbon caps.” He also came out in support of population control as part of a more global approach to affecting climate change control.
Until recently (until Obama addressed the issue), Gingrich supported a mandated purchase of health insurance by those American who can afford it. He suggested that Congress “... require anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year to purchase health insurance or post a bond.”
Family values. Christian values. GOP values.
Not only are Gingrich’s values flexible ... at best ... he also doesn’t hesitate to say some pretty crazy stuff.
He has compared Muslims to Nazis (historically odd).
He recently suggested that kids in poor neighborhoods learn work ethics by being forced to clean their own schools (that’s not quite the problem, or the answer to that problem).
He suggested that the nation was heading toward a day when it would be overrun by Islamic atheists.
Islamic, I understand. Atheist, I understand.
But how can one be a practicing Muslim and an atheist at the same time?
And do you really, Really, REALLY believe the country will be or could be overrun by Islamic atheists, or Christian atheists for that matter?
Gingrich is no dummy.
He addresses all the deep-seated, and too often ridiculous fears of everyday Americans.
That’s why they love him ... for the time being.
Republican presidential candidate’s past isn’t in line with party’s ideals
He knows what to say, but he is a monumental flim-flam man.
Still ... whatever the case ... all is forgiven.
Family values, Christian values. GOP values.
It’s all good.