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Re: “The GOP primary contenders and their supporters plead their cases

Newt Gingrich, the pedagogue, is more like Barack Obama than he is different. Both politicians reinforce the old adage:“He who can does; he who cannot, teaches”-- and now we can add to that adage:“…or becomes a career politician.” Obama and Gingrich were both school teachers who became career politicians. The last president who was a career school teacher before he was a career politician was Lyndon B. Johnson.

In last night’s South Carolina debate, Gingrich the career-pedagogue-become-politi cian, flawlessly rattled off a memorized litany about social security and jobs that got a standing ovation. Gingrich was every bit as mesmerizing as David Koresh, whose clichés and litanies as leader of the Branch Davidian cult, led his flock into death and destruction.

Nobody in that debate last night has ever been in a better position to do more about the major ills that afflict this nation—pork barrel legislation, earmarks attached to bona fide legislation, illegal immigration, export of industry to third world countries, perks for Congressmen and bureaucratic growth in Washington—than Newt Gingrich. He was a U.S. Congressman from 1979 to 1999, and was Speaker of the House for the last four of those twenty years—until he was run out of Washington for doing exactly the same things for which he, as House Leader, was presiding over the Impeachment of Bill Clinton. Gingrich resigned in disgrace; Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. Gingrich’s mesmerized constituency, or the GOP leaders, did not bring him down: Larry Flynt the porn king did—by paying a million dollars for the information that exposed Gingrich as just another cheating philanderer.

In the campaign for the GOP nomination for President, Gingrich talks about creating jobs for the unemployed while he ignores that there are millions illegal aliens in this country who now occupy positions in every skill and profession. The pedagogue has probably read the novel,“1984,” for, in addition to pedagogy, he is good at Orwellian doublespeak. In the style of Orwell’s bureaucratic leaders in the famous novel, Gingrich’s solution to illegal immigration is “immigration reform,” doublespeak for another amnesty for illegal aliens. Like the bureaucrats in the novel,“1984,” Gingrich disingenuously says that amnesty for illegal aliens is “not an amnesty.” While in Congress, Gingrich voted for every amnesty, including IRCA and 245(i)—which later, after his departure, was extended and called “Extension of 245(i).”

After twenty years in an advantageous position of political power where Newt Gingrich could have been part of the solution to many of the socioeconomic ills of this country, he became just another part of the problem. We need a president who is not a teacher or a career politician; one who has proved that he is a successful “can do” leader—and not just another pedagogue with a silver tongue who “can-not.”

Posted by Borderdrama on January 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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