Newt Gingrich is chock-full of character and personality failings that should bar him from being considered for the job as president, but he is gaining steam in the polls because of his well-informed and sharp-tongued performances in the Republican presidential candidate debates. However, a chimpanzee with a magic eight-ball would be an improvement over Obama because it would not have a destructive agenda, so the bar is now set very low. Obama has never been a policy wonk and does not use his spare time to improve his command of any issue. In contrast, Gingrich is deeply versed in policy and history. The prospect of Newt using his well-honed skills against Obama in a debate is making Republicans and conservatives cackle with glee.
My own preferences for the Republican presidential candidate are Gov. Sarah Palin, who decided not to run; Fred Karger; the candidate currently endorsed by GOProud (formerly Herman Cain, now Jon Huntsman) and Newt Gingrich (see above, “cackle with glee”). Newt’s stance on gay equality and marriage equality is toxic, anti-gay, anti-American and anti-Constitution. With no sense of paradox at all, in the name of family values, which he has a lifelong history of flinging to the winds when it comes to his own affairs, Newt opposes the equality of his own lesbian sister, Candace Gingrich-Jones. It makes sense, therefore, that Gingrich-Jones has announced she would not vote for her brother to be president. It is bizarre, however, that she pledges to vote instead for Obama, who also opposes gay equality and empowers his Department of Justice to use scorched earth tactics to fight lawsuits filed by Republicans and conservatives in favor of gay equality. After all, she could choose Fred Karger.
However, besides the prospect of Newt being Obama’s Kryptonite in a debate, Newt personifies how opposition to gay equality, when it ventures from its legitimate home in the realm of persuasion into government, the realm of coercion, in order to force its will on people who are minding their own business, is founded on greed and lust for power rather than any moral, ethical or social good — and, in practice, is deadly and corrupting to society due to the wanton destruction it wreaks on lesbians and gays, their families, friends and colleagues.
For example, if my family had thrown me out in 1972 when I came out, or refused to accept my late life partner into the family (after her parents died she had no support from her remaining family), I would have died in my thirties or forties from undiagnosed thyroid disease, sleep apnea and depression and not been around to play a crucial role in getting my father’s second and third books published, or to care for my mother when she was dying, or to care for my father now as I recover my own health and career. I also would not have been around to tell one friend that it was his undiagnosed sleep apnea that was taking his life and destroying his marriage — he got treated and saved both. And I would not have been around to translate doctorese for another friend, which resulted in his abandoning his plan to use diet to fight his prostate cancer and getting the successful treatment his doctor was prescribing. He and his wife now have a new baby girl.
Society pays a very high price for allowing religions to use governmental powers to deny gays equality and inclusion in their own families. If Newt is the nominee, or, gulp, is elected president, the dialog between him and his lesbian sister will shine a very bright and cleansing light on the falsehood that opposition to gay equality supports family values in any way and will reveal that the true goal of this fraud is to gain control of the reproductive lives of as many followers as possible for purely selfish reasons.
H/T: PJ Tatler.