|Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich|
Newt Gingrich’s supporters are like a high school prep rally. They mindlessly cheer for anything that that man (who quietly looks like the Pillsbury Doughboy) spits out. Even when he called the Palestinian people an “invented people” the audience hooted and hollered at the clever quip not realizing that the most celebrated invented people in history are Americans. It is expected that with political campaigns comes a bevy of erroneous suggestions by the candidates. The problem is when a candidate, such as Ron Paul, expresses a pacifist viewpoint, you don’t have to cheer but if you boo, then you probably have never seen war or a war-stricken country. Honestly, I don’t know what people cheer or boo for anymore; it seems rather random most of the time. However, certain keywords and poses invariably gets an applause. The one that baffled me the most was when Newt Gingrich firmly declared that he would not address his personal life during a recent debate. The crowd erupted as if Mr. Gingrich had murdered Hitler in front of their eyes. It was such a standing ovation that I thought I was watching a speech by ousted leader Muammar Ghadaffi. But I wasn’t. I was watching Newt Gingrich and his supporters claim that personal information was not important when it came to the issues. If you support this idea then you must entertain the idea that the issues of gay marriages and abortions are not important as well since it is an individual/personal issue. And for the pious citizens, I thought a marriage was suppose to be between ONE man and ONE woman, not ONE man and THREE women. I know, that was distasteful. Let’s be honest with each other, Republicans: nowadays it seems that you cheer a political candidate as if they represented school colors like the Alabama crimson tide or Michigan blue. If President Obama had the same marriage history as Gingrich he’d be an obamanation (abomination). The fact is that most people vote to improve something in their life. The thought is that the new government implements policies (whether capitalistic or social) that gives you a little extra so that you can buy your spouse a fancy dinner or go on a road trip with friends. We forgot how important our politicians and government are. We neglect that our vote to elect politicians can affect thousands of people domestic and aboard. If we elect a warmonger like Bush Senior, hundreds of thousands of people are affected. Politics, unbelievably, is not a sport. We must remove this attitude and stick to our principles. It’s not “my team against your team” when lives are at stake. Vote, but vote for what you believe in. And, if you haven’t studied the philosophy of Republicanism, Democracy, Liberalism, Conservatism, Libertarianism, etc, then you probably should not vote.