Even though I am English, I still take an interest in American politics. At the moment, I am despairing that all the main players in this election all seem to be anti-gay and anti-abortion. It sickens me that we live in a world where, despite everything, all people are not equal and two millenia old superstitions still have a tight grip in politics. So here is my question:
As an atheist, who do you want as president?
But Newt understands the threats we face from an enemy that wants to end human civilization,
Where and who is that enemy and how would they end civilization?
How? Well maybe by inspiring some neocons to bore us to death with conspiracy crap.
Just because you want to ignore the threats of apocalyptic madmen does not mean rest of the rational actors of the world have to as well. This is a regime that is driven by its core ideology in bringing back the "return of the hidden imam" which means as a prerequisite: Jerusalem must be "reconquered" along with a global jihad in which 2/3rd of humanity perishes through death, havoc, famine, and chaos. This very regime is on the verge of nuclear weapons.
History has taught us the lesson of not taking evil seriously with Adolf Hitler. We will not allow another holocaust to engulf mankind.
Newt has a slightly better grasp on American history than Michelle Bachman. His 'historical' expositions are simply propoganda rewrites of history that would give Kim Jung Il wet dreams.
You are speaking of ignorance. You can say a lot of things about Newt, but one cannot rationally take away the fact that he is an astute historian and intellectual.
In addition, he understands the issues facing mankind. There is no guarantee for the survival of humanity. We must confront evil and get rid of it before it gets rid of us. And in the case of Iran, this simply means supporting the Iranian people as Iranians are pro-American, pro-west, and pro-secular. Out of all the countries in the region, a free Iran is the only country in that area of the world that will truly be democratic, secular, and pluralistic. It is important to remember: our culture is pre-Islamic.
I wonder what part of Newt's astute historical understanding of the US and our government it is that makes him think that if a judge makes a decision he doesn't like he can have that judge arrested and put in jail? I missed that part of the constitution.
That's the pandering I was talking about. He's trying to pander to the ignorant right base of his party to win the nomination.
"Newt Gingrich is an astute historian, intellectual [...]"
Only in his own mind. Though he has a degree, he has no academic achievements apart from applying for tenure at some second-rate college. As I recall he was even denied that..
Also see A Long List of Terrible Things That Newt Gingrich Has Done and Said and A Master List of Gingrich's Hypocrisies, and not to forget "Newt Skywalker".
yeah American politics seems absurd. I can't believe that people can actually go around saying god bless their country and they dont get shunned off the stage. if that happened in australia, itd pretty much be the end of there political career. hell, the prime minister, julia gillard, is an open Atheist, unmarried woman. hell yeah!
Really? I envy you!
Unfortunately we still allow the public displays of delusion.
After I made the above comment I drove off to get some lunch and realized it may be taken wrong. It was said jokingly...many have died protecting our freedoms to express those delusional views, but of course that doesn't mean I have to like them.
When politicians start speaking of their religious beliefs a cold chill runs down my spine.