de Vos – No ‘aye’ for this Newt |

de Vos – No ‘aye’ for this Newt

Jon de Vos / The Friday Report
Fraser, CO Colorado

It’s about time the Republicans began to rally ’round the candidate, but it strikes me odd that Newt Gingrich would be the one.

At a time when we hold our politicians in such low esteem, Mr. Gingrich is decidedly squishy in his ethics.

In the debate of Oct. 12, Newt said Rep. Barney Frank should be in jail for being close to lobbyists at Freddie Mac. He forgot to mention that Freddie Mac paid him more than $1.6 million during the last decade.

In his own words, Newt says he earned the money offering them historic advice and he never, ever lobbied. Cross his heart. Speaking of his relationship to Freddie Mac, Gingrich said, “I think less than maybe once a month, they would drop by,” Gingrich said. “We’d spend an hour. It would always start out with me listening.”

That works out to $30,000 per hour. For listening? Freddie Mac officials recall asking him to help them convey a favorable image of the mortgage giant to his influential and monied friends. Newt denies this, claiming they paid him only for chatting about history.

Speaking of hourly wages, this is the same Newt that said that child labor laws were stupid. Children should be paid minimum wage to clean their own high schools and all the union janitors should be fired. There’s a job stimulation package: Fire the dad and make 15-year-old Suzy the family breadwinner by educating her to scrub floors.

Newt blamed liberals and their “situation ethics” for the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings. I would hope, from clear-thinking adults, no matter your political leanings, that it would be too much of a stretch to blame Democrats for Columbine. Maybe that’s just me.

Earlier this year, Gingrich railed at Obama for seeking cooperation with the United Nations instead of attacking Qaddafi’s military forces alone. After the action began, Newt said, “I would not have intervened.”

In 1997, Gingrich was facing dozens of ethics charges. Although many of them were dismissed, he was fined an unprecedented $300,000 by the Republican run House Ethics Committee. Newt admitted that “inaccurate, incomplete and unreliable statements were given to the committee.” This was the exact same time Newt was trying to impeach Clinton for perjury.

You might know what’s coming next. Let’s talk about the sanctity of marriage. Newt’s first wife was his high school geometry teacher. He was 19 and she was 26. He cheated on her with his second wife, Marianne, who he cheated on with his third and current wife, Callista Bisek, 23 years his junior.

Newt almost cheerfully admits to having affairs with his staffers. Recently he offered a brilliant excuse on Christian Broadcast Network. Newt said he was driven to affairs because of hard work, brought on by a passion for America and, doggone it, if you’re gonna’ condemn a man for lovin’ his country, well, shame on you. In other words, America, Newt is having affairs so you and I don’t have to.

Pandering to anyone who’ll listen, last weekend Gingrich claimed that America was “drifting towards a terrible muddle” by not limiting marriage to members of the opposite sex. So it’s the gays, not the serial adulterers, causing the terrible muddle of modern marriage.

When his second wife, Marianne, asked him how he could give speeches about family values while he was cheating on her with another mistress, Newt was quoted in Esquire magazine: “It doesn’t matter what I do, people need to hear what I have to say.” According to Esquire, he told Marianne Gingrich that she was a “Jaguar” and that “all I want is a Chevrolet.”

Newt’s so proud of his serial adulteries that they’re plastered all over supporters’ websites. Check it out for yourself. It’s like our Congress has slipped into an alternate universe where words and lies repeated often enough lose their meaning.

Newt Gingrich: the best America has to offer. Really?

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