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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gingrich Speaks Respectfully of Mandela and Gets Attacked

 Steve Marmel Facebook page

Within the past 36 hours, Newt Gingrich paid homage and gave respect to Nelson Mandela and was promptly met with the underbelly of his political party, highly compensated propagandist and American conservatism.

Gingrich from his personal web page.

"Yesterday I issued a heartfelt and personal statement about the passing of President Nelson Mandela. I said that his family and his country would be in my prayers and Callista’s prayers.  
I was surprised by the hostility and vehemence of some of the people who reacted to me saying a kind word about a unique historic figure.  
So let me say to those conservatives who don’t want to honor Nelson Mandela, what would you have done? "
 Here is my statement from yesterday on President Nelson Mandela
Here is my statement from yesterday on President Nelson Mandela:

Actually, were are amazed that the opportunist Gingrich declares surprise in the reaction from his "brethren."  Gingrich is a major "bringer" of GOP "red  state" southern strategy politics. How can he not expect vitriol from a party that is so obviously anti-black Americans have grown to expect indifference to all things diverse? He should also have expected many from the Right to show contempt for people who suffered from Apartheid.  They do not care that 20% (Whites) occupied and ruled over 80% (Blacks) of the South Africa. Has Gingrich forgotten the president he often evokes as the Father of Modern conservatism, vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act .  Reagan vetoed the act while regularly expressing support for the racist and segregationist Bob Jones University. [WIKI 6.2 Racial6.2.1 Segregation6.2.3 Dropping the no-interracial-dating rule (2000)6.2.4 Apology for "racially hurtful" policies (2008)]

We suggest Gingrich cannot be so naive as to actually have experienced surprise from the actions of those with which he affiliates (socially and politically).  Gingrich for a moment, let's take a look at a system that was obviously, in a twisted way, appealing to many American conservatives. 
Rachel Maddow broadcast a poignant and revealing segment the day after the 95 year old international civil rights activist passed away. We are embedding and linking the segment and we highly encourage your viewing. If you want to shorten your viewing time, watch he first 10:54 minutes of the segment. The remaining five plus minutes are standard fare guest comments, and frankly could have been left off the segment (just my opinion).

http://youtu.be/JqCKIUogn6E
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A horrid state of existence and a vestige of the very colonialism that Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee used against a campaigning Barack Obama in 2011. 

Mother Jones
Huckabee's assertion about Obama's childhood haunts is decidely fringey, but his comments about the President's attitude toward the British  should sound familiar. He's parroting the argument made in Forbes last fall by Dinesh D'Souza: that Obama's decision-making is informed by a distinct "Kenyan, anti-colonialist" worldview. The piece earned praise from one of Huckabee's likely primary challengers, Newt Gingrich, who announced the formation a presidential exploratory committee this week.
Do you think this was the basis of the racist comment to members of the British Press As Romney traipsing across the Eastern hemisphere (like a marauding fool) offending people as readily as spreading tax-shelters across the globe?  

Gingrich did not provide details about specific attacks resulting from his homage to the deceased civil rights leader. If his assertions are true and not some Gingrich political shenanigan, I wonder why the never-lost-for-comment Gingrich has never commented on Ronald Reagan's was vetoing an act to combat apartheid.

Nonetheless, let's take a look at one noted Right-wing demagogue and his disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela. We offer the bloviating and sycophant feeding Bill O'Reilly as he attempted to capture, bundle and deliver 'red meat' anti- Mandela sentiments.

"Let me give you example, ideology...."  O'Reilly opened a Santorum interview with an introduction for the opportunistic Rick Santorum.  Santorum did not blindly follow like the inane Sarah Palin; Santorum launched an anti-ObamaCare political commercial.
Two points.

O'Reilly has the temerity to disparage the civil rights activist within hours of his death.  Moreover, O'Reilly also had the gall to invite Rick "Blah People" Santorum to his show. If you think that O'Reilly and his producers did not work to send an "indifference to Mandela" message to his sycophant viewers, you probably agree with the Fox News chief propagandist.

Surely the FoxPEN (Fox Propaganda and Entertainment Network) expected something akin to this.... "BLAH People." No, Santorum saw an opportunity to exercise typical GOP bad judgment via self-aggrandizing while slamming humanity via shots that the ACA. It seems O'Reilly underestimated his friend Santorum. His show's success led to the misfire. Santorum was not going to miss an opportunity to speak to O'Reilly's "tin-foil" heads. 

We do not have evidence O'Reilly attacked Gingrich. We suspect less visible operatives and freedom hating sycophants went after Gingrich. 


Talking Points Memo published on Gingrich's Sunday morning opportunity to address his critics, and of course, posture for could 2015. Make no mistake, Newt Gingrich has not given-up on living in the White House.


Gingrich published a Facebook message honoring Mandela and saw backlash for his praise. He wrote a newsletter on Friday defending Mandela, and reiterated his defense on CNN's "State of the Union."

"Everybody says they love freedom. Everybody who is proud of the farmers at lexington and concord who stood up to the British army, everybody who's grateful to George Washington for eight years in the field fighting the British empire," he said on CNN, explaining that the United States was established after violent rebellion against an oppressive ruler. 
Gingrich said that Mandela was a "largely non-violent person" who at one point needed allies, and the communists in South Africa were the best option. 
"There's no question that in the 50s, Mandela moved from a non-violent model towards being allied with the communists," Gingrich said. "Mandela was desperate by that stage. He saw the scale of the oppression." 
He also defended President Ronald Reagan's opposition to sanctions against South Africa during Apartheid. 
"In all fairness to Reagan, Reagan's ambassador to South Africa consistently put pressure on the government to modify its position and consistently condemned apartheid," Gingrich said. "But their commitment was to defeat the Soviet empire."
A few points in closing.

Gingrich mentions the words "non-violent."  After watching the Maddow segment above, how can anyone even for a second not think of acceptable levels of violence in the face of the South African Massacre and years of brutal oppression from whites? It is an amazing fact whites people rationalize systems of oppression like-apartheid. Gingrich use of "non-violence" to set the stage for what amounts to covering a conservative misstep is despicable and telling. It is like watching the after math of Katrina, while Bush over flew the area, and seeing Fox News, CNN and every news network other than MSNBC railing about "looting." It must have really set some people to embarrassment when some of the looting clearly showed young whites taking fresh water from grocery stores. Maybe, Gingrich wanted to supersede Limbaugh, Beck and others as they prepare for their Monday broadcast. 

Another significant point from Newt this morning, his cover for Ronald Reagan and the political system that turned its back on Apartheid for many years.  One simply speak about the death of Mandela without covering for the Father of Modern Conservatism. 

A revisit from above; Gingrich offered the as a form of rationalization for support of Apartheid. Be aware the following reads like something from the mouths of Ron or Rand Paul.
"In all fairness to Reagan, Reagan's ambassador to South Africa consistently put pressure on the government to modify its position and consistently condemned apartheid," Gingrich said. "But their commitment was to defeat the Soviet empire."
American Exceptionalism!  Gingrich's comments reflected the same Jurassic Era sentiments as those spoken as O'Reilly attempted to set-up the crafty and opportunistic Santorum. It is truly disgusting the history of mankind will archive Mandela as the world's premiere victim of racism and racist oppression, while parallel archiving American conservatism as indifferent, intolerant, racist and xenophobic. 

Recap:

GOP War on....

The Poor
Women
The Pope
Public Schools,
Medically uninsured or less insured (million dollar cap, pre-existing conditions, etc.)
Veterans
The US Military
African-Americans
Latinos
International Human Rights

.....and then they came for me!

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