Important note: prior to absorbing this post, I recommend perusing my introduction page for a proper preface of my diplomatic advocacy mission.
A response to a World Net Daily 17 November 2011 article misleadingly entitled:
“Money scandal to make a Newt out of Gingrich?” Link: http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=368533
This article is a prime example of irresponsible journalism on a par with the Huffington Post. When has it been a crime to provide a service for a fee? Or is it a crime because it’s a large amount that nearly every American would like to earn, but cannot for lack of experience, influence, and social status positioning. Not everyone can earn large sums. That is the way life is, no matter what the communists of the OWS proclaim about income equality. When has it been immoral to maintain an income after becoming unemployed by the government? Every American wants to be able to pay their bills after losing a job, and government officials need income after public service is complete.
Moreover, do we really need to sanctify the lame accusations of a former criminal, Jack Abramoff to the detriment to Newt Gingrich who rightly has never paced the prison exercise yard for many years. Why is it that a prior criminal’s vague insinuations are held in such esteem? Portraying Abramoff as a credible source for disparaging Gingrich, a dedicated and honorable public servant, is as much corruption as is falsely claimed against Gingrich.
To be labeled as an “insider” has unfortunately and incorrectly become an indictment, as if purely being an insider is illegal or unethical. It is neither. It is only when an insider commits an illegal, unethical, or immoral act that they should be the subject of our disdain, accusations, or prosecution. Overall, people today have lost the ability to think for themselves; they are unable to exercise proper discernment for what is right and wrong and therefore unthinkingly spew forth whatever disingenuous rhetoric that has deceived them. To simply condemn a person for who they are in social or political status violates the standards that our wise founding fathers sacrificed so much to implement. To be an insider is a fortunate status for some, and most people would love that niche, but because they are excluded, they discredit those who enjoy that good fortune. It is pure unadulterated jealousy hidden behind a façade of social justice advocacy. The insiders deserve the benefits derived from such a position because they have toiled long hours for many years to reach that level and likely have paid a heavy price being subject to the often debilitating rigors inherent to public service. To be an insider is far from wrong in, and of itself. It is only when the insider chooses to stray from proper behavior, decorum, or legality that we should properly declare a problem, scandal, or crime; therefore, it is not what one is, but it is what one does that is the issue. Moreover, too often we conduct a media trial wherein the accused is unconstitutionally pronounced guilty before any formal charges are filed and the proper court process can examine and judge all the evidence usually hidden by those raising false accusations.
Gingrich is being denigrated for being a lobbyist and is accused of lying about lobbying income. The truth is that Gingrich was not a lobbyist, he operated a consulting firm that earned fees by providing advice to Freddie Mac that, bytheway, was ignored and caused huge financial problems. Abramoff hints that scandal was afoot in that Feddie Mac paid several million in consulting fees to Gingrich’s firm, but Newt disclosed only $ 300,000. The firm earned the millions, but Newt’s portion was the $300K. Abramoff insinuates scandal in other vague accusations; however, nothing in his new book substantiates any wrong-doing.
Gingrich also faces poor character allegations concerning marital problems. What’s new? Most Americans have marital problems and those in stressful public service are far more susceptible to that harsh reality that others. C’mon America, get real. Let us be moral people, but let us lose the puritanical and overly judgmental nit-picking and unscrupulous witch hunting that is running rampant in our modern age and contributing to the corrosion of our society.
We need government servants with substantial experience to run the most powerful nation on earth and “outsiders” sorely lack that necessary experience to negotiate the complicated subterfuge of national and world politics. Newt Gingrich as an “insider” with basic good ethical values (though wrongly accused otherwise) has the necessary experience, intelligence, statesmanship, negotiation skills, presidential bearing, and diplomatic prowess required to lead this country. He has gone through the trials by fire in the past that have taught him valuable lessons. We all learn by our mistakes. Good judgment comes from wisdom and wisdom comes from poor judgment. Americans will suffer greatly if they allow reprehensible smear campaigns to cause a rejection of the only candidate that has the ability to overturn the mess created by the immoral and unethical Obama abomination and restore American greatness.
Jerry Clifford, the Word Guru
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