With less than a year to go until the much-anticipated 2012 presidential election rears its ugly head, it seems the competition is heating up a bit, particularly when you consider the laugh-out-loud circus that is the Republican offering this time around.
And no, Iím not trying (at least not intentionally) to offend anyone with that comment, but I must admit I find the hypocrisy involved in an election of any sort in this day and age Ė what with technological and communication breakthroughs such as Twitter and Facebook Ė well ... humorous, to say the least.
Case in point? Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrichís recent pledge to ďdefend and strengthen the family.Ē
Sorry, but the only thing I see Gingrich strengthening here is his grip on a group of ignorant and weak-minded voters who have the memory span of a peanut. Why? Because I, for one, actually read the news, and I happen to remember just how dedicated Gingrich has proven to be in the past, particularly when it comes to the institution of marriage.
And while Gingrich did not, in fact, sign socially conservative group The Family Leaderís Marriage Pledge, he did send the group a written response in defense of ďtraditionalĒ marriage, as well as the Defense of Marriage Act (completely unconstitutional, by the way), and in support of a constitutional amendment that would define (confine?) marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
Considering Gingrich himself has been married three times, this is hypocrisy at its best. And before you accuse me of attacking a good-old Christian Republican candidate while ignoring Bill Clintonís White House indiscretions, just remember that Gingrich, even as he was condemning Clinton for his actions, was involved in an affair of his own ... his second.
As for Gingrich and his fidelity pledge, the former House speaker had the following to say:
ďIíve made mistakes at times. Iíve had to go to God for forgiveness. I think people have to measure who I am now, and whether Iím a person they can trust.Ē
First of all, Iím more than happy to agree with Newt when he states that heís made mistakes in the past. We all have, myself included, and nobodyís perfect. And asking God for forgiveness? Well, I suppose thatís what I would do too if I were in his shoes ... and running for president.
Itís that last sentence, however, that really irks me.
Iím sorry, Newt, but I think I have a pretty good handle on your ethics at this point in time, such as they are, and no amount of posturing on your part is going to change my mind. A reputation as a liar and cheat, Iím afraid, is a hard one to live down. And when it comes to a possible presidential candidate, well, even a forgiving, liberal soul such as myself finds it hard to overlook.
Then again, Iím just a socialist Obama supporter in the eyes of many and Gingrich probably wouldnít want my vote anyway, considering such opinions (freedoms) donít fit it with his conservative, all-American point of view.
In the end, itís fairly simple. We have a great country Ė one that was founded on a number of great ideologies Ė that is fading fast in the face of partisan politics, and the politicians involved, who have nobodyís best interests in mind but their own. And that may be the most hypocritical scenario of all.
Follow me on Twitter ... @evesunbrian.