Without a doubt, Newt is an authority on inventing…a distorted justification of himself primarily. As Speaker of the House he was fined $300,000 for ethics violations, then asked to leave. We have all heard about his numerous marital failings that trickled down to his status as a “deadbeat dad” when he refused to pay his child support. He was pounding the drum to have Bill Clinton impeached from his moral soapbox as Speaker, all the while engaged in a sexual affair with Calista who was his staffer at the time and now his newest model of wife.
None of this comes into focus for Newt when he looks in the mirror. He has a total preoccupation with his own self-perceived brilliance and piety. Upon visiting a couple of his more recent remarks I have to say that it is his political judgment that unsettles me more than any of his personal irresponsible choices. For example, Newt’s ridiculous and reckless comment that John Bolton would be his choice for Secretary of State is outrageous.
Bolton has a well documented history of his own that goes against any possible definition of “values”. Bolton’s personal trials are recorded in the public battle from 1982, when Bolton’s wife filed for d-i-v-o-r-c-e, in no small part due to his insistence that she participate in group sex encounters.
But, that aside, the politically disturbing part about this man is his stance against the United Nations, a hostile attitude toward some of our allies and those countries that teeter on the edge of anti-American sentiment. He enjoys provoking more than finding common ground as a foreign policy objective and he is a member of a number of far right conservative organizations including the Dominionist controlled Council for National Policy. Great choice, Newt!
But hey, Bolton was good enough for Bush, Jr. when he recommended Bolton as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations…Bush who wrote a letter to French President Chirac expressing his biblical justification for war in Iraq based on the story of Gog and Magog. This letter included statements like this one:
“This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”. ~ President Bush
So Newt’s completely inflammatory statement that the Paletsinians are “invented” shows that he really is not straying off the path of what kind of combative world they envision for the rest of us who just happen to live on this planet as well. Adding to this dangerous perspective, Newt has no problem associating with Christian Zionists like John Hagee and when you look into Hagee and his ilk you can see where this biblical worldview is nurtured. Bruce Wilson, Rachel Tabachnik and others at www.talk2action.org do an excellent job of covering the political Christian views on all things Israel.
Remember – political Christian Dominionists love, love, love Israel! Jews? Not-so-much. This is all about the twisted version of Christianity that has led these narcissists to deem themselves in charge of provoking the End Times and hastening the Second Coming of Christ by starting a World War III that would fit the bill of their jonesin’ for Armageddon.
Newt is an arrogant blowhard who now is garnering a following from the very base that claimed “book learnin’” to be a negative in their politicians. And here is the result…this base doesn’t know enough about history (book-learnin’) to even recognize what is accurate and true from what is unfiltered blather falling out of Newt’s mouth.
When you take that into consideration, it makes total sense that Newt views Bolton as a perfect fit who could effectively go forward into the world and offend just about every country on the planet. After all, they truly see themselves as superior and impervious.
Inventing is widespread in Newt’s circles, he is not alone. It is important for us to recognize the origins for so much of what gets credited as ‘loose cannon off-the-cuff’ remarks by all of these political Christians. Upon deeper understanding, the danger is to roll our eyes at what we think is yet another unscripted statement instead of seeing how they are atcually on message after all.
Bruce Wilson put together this video that is 8 minutes long, but worth viewing. Notice the number of politicians – past and present – who have absolutely no issue embracing John Hagee. (He was also a huge endorser of Rick Perry’s tent revival August 2011 in Houston called “The Response”).
I know this all seems nuts…but remember…we don’t make this stuff up, we just share it.