Friday, December 16, 2011

Dowd on Newt Gingrich

Here is a bit from an opinion piece in the NY Times by Maureen Dowd:
Gingrich agreed in 1995 that we might have to “rethink our Constitution” — something that wouldn’t go over well with originalists.

The man who wishes to be our leader implementing Lean Six Sigma might shy away from Toffler’s main thesis, that we were moving toward a basically leaderless society where information was available to everyone, so everyone could make their own decisions. “Someday,” Toffler wrote, “future historians may look back on voting and the search for majorities as an archaic ritual engaged in by communicational primitives.”

And what about Toffler’s prediction that those (like Gingrich) who resist the end of the nuclear family and the spread of gay parenting, gay rights, women’s rights and abortion access as variegated families set up shop in “electronic cottages” would just add to the pain of inevitable transition to a “de-massified society”?

Torn between the virtual and the virtue-crats, Gingrich this week endorsed the “marriage pledge” of an evangelical group in Iowa opposing same-sex marriage and abortion and vowed fidelity to Callista. Hasn’t he taken that vow and broken it twice before?

Sometimes you go with “Future Shock.” Sometimes you go with present schlock.
It is absolutely pathetic that this wretch from the past is considered by 40% of the Republicans to be the "leader" of the future. I think back to America of the 1960s and wonder how that country has gone so badly off track. In the 1960s the US was rising to challenges with hopeful policies like breaking Jim Crow racism and setting a mission to the moon. Sure, there had been bumpy stretches like McCarthyism in the 1950s and the idiocy of the Vietnam war in the 1960s, but generally the US was a positive force for good in the world. Now it is the last remaining of the two evil empires of the Cold War and it is in fast decline. It is like a muttering senile relative puttering around making of mess of everything. Tragic.

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