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Report begins: "Since the beginning of the Obama presidency, right-wing media - especially those who work at Fox News - have been carrying out a campaign of not-so-subtle race-baiting. Today, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich took this campaign to new levels."

File photo, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 06/15/09. (photo: Media Matters)
File photo, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, 06/15/09. (photo: Media Matters)

 

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+21 # Guest 2010-09-14 19:10
I don't get it. Are Dinesh and Newt DEFENDING COLONIALISM? Are they promoting US colonialist domination of Iraq and Afghanistan? Or is it normal for a modern American to oppose colonialism? I am against colonialism and I'm not Kenyan, I'm Brooklynese!
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:44
All I can think of is someone needs to shout in a loud voice like Eddie Murphy, ".. y'all just don't want no NIGGERS in this ..". That's all it is. Slimeball lowlife techniques designed to appeal to old and buried prejudice and fear. I hope the USA people see through it and give the repubs a slamming defeat again. This crap has to be shown ineffective.
Rangegate.


Quoting Citizen Mike:
I don't get it. Are Dinesh and Newt DEFENDING COLONIALISM? Are they promoting US colonialist domination of Iraq and Afghanistan? Or is it normal for a modern American to oppose colonialism? I am against colonialism and I'm not Kenyan, I'm Brooklynese!
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-16 04:07
Citizen Mike -- Yes, Denish and Newt ARE defending colonialism. I read Newt dissertation in 1994 when he rose to power and in it he defends colonialism as the replacement of inferior cultures with superior ones, even when this means killing lots of "natives." Denish is one of those Indians that the British always counted on to tell other Indians that they were inferiors and should be ruled by the British.

You are against colonialism because you are a decent, sane, and moral human being. Newt and Denish are not. They are fascists or corporate tools.
 
 
-4 # Guest 2010-09-18 08:33
Quoting rm:
Citizen Mike -- Yes, Denish and Newt ARE defending colonialism. I read Newt dissertation in 1994 when he rose to power and in it he defends colonialism as the replacement of inferior cultures with superior ones, even when this means killing lots of "natives." Denish is one of those Indians that the British always counted on to tell other Indians that they were inferiors and should be ruled by the British.

You are against colonialism because you are a decent, sane, and moral human being. Newt and Denish are not. They are fascists or corporate tools.

Anyone who agrees with this evaluation would have to renounce the worldwide spread of science, medicine, technology, and the moral foundations of government from the west to less blessed cultures. Read broadly with Aristotelian dicipline. Interpretation of cultural conflicts benefits greatly from appllication of inductive reasoning. Medieval patterns--not so much.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:49
Anyone who agrees with this evaluation would have to renounce the worldwide spread of science, medicine, technology, and the moral foundations of government from the west to less blessed cultures. Read broadly with Aristotelian dicipline. Interpretation of cultural conflicts benefits greatly from appllication of inductive reasoning. Medieval patterns--not so much.


Well, considering the state of Western civilization and it's, so far, incapacity to adequately address over population, poverty, global scale injustice and inequality and considering the 100 million that were killed in 20th century wars and perhaps more that will die this century, I'm not so sure that the gifts of science, technology and medicine are very satisfactory alone. Certainly your mention of moral foundations of government is ludicrous and obscene. Science, technology and medicine will not themselves cure the moral rot that imperials the survival of our species or our failure to govern morally.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-19 11:16
I read your post four times and for the life of me cannot understand what the hell you are trying to say but that is the way the Ayn Rand crowd engages in discourse with pure obfuscation. What little I did understand is that the slave owners of the ante-bellum South were taking on the White Man's Burden by saving the heathens from lions and cries in the night. Well, they did eliminate the cries in the night by massive deforestation but I doubt very much the worldwide spread of science, medicine, technology and THE MORAL FOUNDATIONS were especially welcome by those peoples who had all of those things. Their technology was a lot more harmonious than the internal combustion engine that is making the species fat and lazy but I am sure our modern-day moral foundation should take care of that very nicely.
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-14 19:14
Poor Kraut, he's like Hannibal Lector, a psychiatrist gone mad. I think he wants to eat the middle class.
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 09:46
Imagine that, low class eating the middle class!
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:12
Isn't that what welfare is, the rich feeding the middle class to the low class?
People may not like being robbed and mistreated, but they'll happily participate in robbing and mistreating others, as long as they benefit from it. Turn on your TV, and watch some poor Third Worlder, and a bearded man saying how much you can do for them with YOUR money. What could be done for them with the cost of the commercial is never mentioned!
We need to go back to worrying about what's best for AMERICA, not the Corporations, not the lesser countries, not China...But China and the WTO might not appreciate that!
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-17 09:06
Your thinking of the Corporate well fair that conservative love so much, that's feeding the middle class to the rich. Welfare is forceing the rich and middle class to contribute to society by useing there money to give the those who fell out of the middle class, are in danger of falling out of the middle class or never made it in so that they have a fare chance at getting rich or at least not living in poverty.
 
 
+29 # Guest 2010-09-14 19:15
A native of a country being overrun by people who exploit its resources but leave the native people poor can hardly be expected to be pro-colonialist . The rest of the world does not exist simply to enrich American capitalists.

Mr. D'Souza and Mr. Gingrich: Wake up and grow up. Other human beings do not like being robbed and mistreated!
 
 
+24 # goodsensecynic 2010-09-14 19:17
As Bill Maher pointed out on the Larry King show tonight, George Washington was something of an "anti-colonial" himself. Moreover, even into the 20th century, the US opposed European colonialism in principle (though maybe not American colonialism in practice). This tradition sputtered along for some time: it was betrayed in Vietnam in 1954, but there was still some life in it at the time of the Suez Crisis in 1956. No more.

President Obama is maintaining President Bush's overall approach to the Mid-Oil East, and yet Mr. Gingrich happily berates him for not picking up the "white man's burden" as enthusiasticall y as he might.

It's all very confused. After all, some Republicans endorse an up-to-date isolationism, while others are pleased that the US has troops in over 130 countries.

But never mind! Consistency is not the right-wing's strength. And, besides, it's mainly all about racism anyway.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-14 19:37
Obama exceeds expectations in acting the in the long term interests of United States citizens...both in terms of the international positions he has taken as well as the investments he values and supports in this nations...i.e. jobs that will be development in the 21st century...re energy and transportation.

That said, he has done a terrible job in communicating his long term vision for the international situation as well as the economic opportunities of the future.

I can only place "shame" on Gingrich for his gaming the future economic opportunties... he knows better. This Kenya crapola...????. ..three string violin with goat hair (rather than horse hair)...get a grip, Gingrich.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:16
Where are these transportation and energy jobs? I know he's passing new TAXES on energy, and he's bragged that "Energy costs will necessarily rise", but I haven't seen job creation from this...Other than the bogus jobs explicitly created by the Government itself, which will dry up as soon as the subsidies do. We need a project that will benefit us all, like National Highway Project--Or just watch as cities are destroying the roads they can't afford to support anymore.

In order to be self-sufficient , jobs need to be about real wealth: Something that is mined from the ground, something that is GROWN from the ground, or some refining of the above!
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:27
In a depression, which is where we are, historically the only source of jobs usually IS the government. You talk about bogus government jobs but then you praise a government funded National Highway Project, so that's a bit of a logical contradiction. The one who is fundamentally dishonest here is Newt Gingrich, supported by Dinesh D'Souza. Gingrich is a hideous human being with no redeeming social value at all. He's intellectually lazy, morally bankrupt, a user, an opportunist, and a liar to boot. There is something fundamentally wrong with our country, as in a real mental disease, when people like Gingrich and Sarah Palin have any following at all.
 
 
+27 # Guest 2010-09-14 19:57
"Kenyan anti-colonial world view". I wonder what that is...really?! Can Newt be a little more specific perhaps? What ever does he mean? What is this profound enlightenment?

I wonder if perhaps Newt isn't engaging in some "post-Orwellian neoconservative hyperbolic hyperkinetic dissimalitive anal retentive quasi-conjectur e" based on a misguided notion of what's relevent in explaining, well, maybe anything?
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 22:20
I would bet that his base doesn't know what he means, but it will be interesting to see their signs with that expression at the next TP event. TPs don't seem to understand anything logical, or historically factual, why would they shy away from using this gem?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-19 18:16
He means that Obama is! that scary non-american, anti-american communist/musli m/socialist that you all (Republican/tea party/whoever) are really sceerd of.
 
 
+11 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:03
So I guess that would make 'the Newt' (irony, unavoidable) PRO-Colonial behavior.
'Colonial behavior' being (since the 1600s) the organized activities of the global/internat ional elite, with their paper-fiat monopoly monies, to exploit, devilop, rationalize, and wage-slave (preferably at no minimum wage) undefended New Worlds, such as the Western Hemisphere.

OUR founding fathers stood up to the b.s. bullies and kicked them back across the pond, where their British-Globo Imperialist moonshine belongs.
 
 
+22 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:04
What if Gingrich is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand irrational and neoliberal behavior, can you begin to piece together his actions?

Gingrich is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works. He is being the person he needs to be in order to achieve the position he needs to achieve . . . He is authentically dishonest.
 
 
+31 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:08
Gingrich has forgotten American history; the founders were all anti-colonial and so is Obama. Not bad company. Gingrich's time clock is ticking and his last two years of stoking the flames of racism are almost over. He has been irrelevant for ten years and a racist all his life. A failed womanizer who is trying to divide the people on the basis of race, sex, and income.
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:08
how can sane people take gingrich seriously? is he so out of touch with reality? it appears so; and if we listen to him; what does that behold for all of us?
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:28
I can only assume from what is going on in politics today that approximately 25% of the US population is certifiably insane, and another 25% is willing to go along and follow the lead of the insane ones.
 
 
+32 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:17
Meet Newt Gingrich. His hobbies are race-baiting, spewing garbage, and multiple marriage.

Some pollster once asked me what I thought of Mr. Gingrich.

I said that he gave the term "inbred" a whole new dimension.

Soon he'll self destruct again, but for now he'll follow his hobbies.

Truly one of the political sluts of our time.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-17 09:10
To be fair to Newt, he dosen't belive in multiple marriges or polygamy. He is a fan of tradeing in each wife for a newer model and acting like he isn't married once he meets the woman he wants to make his next wife.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:51
Quoting Mike K:
To be fair to Newt, he dosen't belive in multiple marriges or polygamy. He is a fan of tradeing in each wife for a newer model and acting like he isn't married once he meets the woman he wants to make his next wife.


Isn't that a Kenyan pre-colonial practice?
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:29
In Georgia, the state he used to represent, they call his kind white trash.
 
 
+13 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:49
So Newt is accusing Obama of challenging the mindset (of Newt)that the world and all it's people and natural resources really belong to the US and the US should be able to do with them as it pleases...
hmmmmmm...
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:51
This coming from a man whose personal marital history with his wives and family is odious to put it kindly.

If he thinks he's getting within the gates of the White House, he might as well call Palin now and ask her what it feels like in to be thisclose.

Revelant and tall. Two things that Newt will never be.
 
 
-16 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:52
I guess this would explain why he bowed down before the king of Saudi Arabia but not before the queen of England.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-16 13:29
U.S. Republican presidents who have bowed to Saudi kings:

Theodore Roosevelt
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Richard Nixon (who also bowed to Mao on his trip to China)
Gerald Ford
Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
George W. Bush (who also spent the evening of Sept.11, 2001, with close family friend Saudi Prince Bandar, a.k.a, "Bandar Bush")

I guess you can explain why they bowed.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-17 09:12
Duya also held hands with the Saudi king and walked hand in hand with the guy.
 
 
+20 # Guest 2010-09-14 20:59
Newt's either off his meds again, drunk or has finally rounded the bend. In any case, he's not worth listening to.
 
 
+26 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:00
This is the most blatent racist statement I have heard come out of the Republican Party. Simply because of President Obama's African heritage, he is characterized as using "tribe" behavior in an anti-colonial manner. It seems that the GOP is not only the White man's party but the White-racist party as well.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:15
What if Gingrich is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Republican, anti-social behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]? That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.
 
 
+16 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:17
Gingrich is involved in brutish Medieval hypocrite behavior:
abnormal, unreasonable, immoderate, totally partisan, opaque and obstructing.
 
 
+19 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:23
This reminds me of when I was working in San Diego and was sharing a townhouse with a roommate I found through the newspaper back in the 1980's. She was from South Africa and was the most vile and racist person I have ever met in my life. My fiance came to visit and I told him he wouldn't believe it until he saw her in person. She said for example, that segregation was required in South Africa, because "all blacks were no better than animals". We had signed a lease and I was young and believed I was stuck for six months. At the end of the six month lease she had the nerve to ask me to go with her to find another place to live together. Gingrich reminds me of this nut I lived with before in the 1980's. Is he a throwback to the days before President Mandela was finally let out of prison for good? Does he know how ignorant he sounds? He sounds like a member of the KKK. He turns my stomach.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-15 06:16
Gingrick is vile and worst than KKK. I cannot believe that someone like him who is aspiring to be the President of this country can spew such hates. May God help us all. As a result of people like Gingrich, I vowed to myself that I will vote in every election because I have control over what I will do and not anyone else. People like you give me hope that all is not lost.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:32
The headquarters of the American Nazi Party used to be in Arlington, VA. The brochures and other incredibly ugly hate-filled and racist stuff they used to hand out was full of what I presume is Newt's source material for his speeches.
 
 
+19 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:24
Does anyone need further evidence that Newt Gingrich is insane?
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-14 21:24
"think we're a bunch of idiots" Are you insinuating that they are wrong. You have got to be kidding me! Is there any doubt? Fox proves we are. It also proves the genetic intellectual superiority of blacks and Hispanics who by and large stay away from it.

Fox's viewers live by the credo "Please don't confuse me with the truth. I have my emotional decisions to make."
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:34
Supply supporting empirical data please.
 
 
+21 # Guest 2010-09-14 22:00
The era of "big government" is "back"? From where? The Republican playbook? And, if you look into G. W. Bush's history, it is truly bizarre: grandpa dealing with the Nazis, daddy bailing out of his WWII plane while crew goes down with it (later demanding you read his lips), W. himself a drunk, draft-dodger, AWOL who marries the girl who crashed into her boyfriend and kills him, and who turns out to be the greatest murderer of the 21st century. Oh, yes: and kisses Saudi princes. Analyze this! Dinesh.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-14 22:57
As always, Newt is a hoot!
 
 
+15 # Guest 2010-09-14 23:40
Gingrich's delusional views go back as far as the time when he himself was having an affair, while at the same time trying to impeach Bill Clinton and remove him from office over the Lewinsky affair. He's just too old to cut the mustard any more, no matter which way you look at all his political designs and ambitions.

I'm not even sure his actions could be described as comic relief.
 
 
+18 # Guest 2010-09-14 23:46
60 plus years after Americans went to Europe and defeated the Nazis.., What have we become?
We have Media in America- a huge, broad spectrum of Media.., Cable, TV, Print, Radio, Etc... That is now a pure Political Propaganda Machine. We have Talkingheads who, 24/7, work relentlessly to divide Americans apart and then pit us against each other.
There is darkness emanating from most Media in America. The deliberate effort to stir fear and hatred among our population is pervasive in Media. The deliberate attempt to cast OUR Very Own Government in the light of an evil thing WE should shrink, diminish, reduce, destroy is Media Gospel. It's become Gospel to replace Our Government with Corporate EVERYTHING through 'contracting'..
We are fragmentizing OUr control over Our Government and Our Country into a million dispersed bits and pieces because people on TV and Radio are telling us to and millions are listening and joining the effort.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 10:45
You're on the money #M. Read any George Orwell lately? Turn on the AM radio, the satellite crap, Faux News. It's the "Two Minutes Hate" now expanded into the 24 hour version. None of us we'll need sunglasses in the future. It's going to be verrrrry dark.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:36
How else can you explain the fundamentalists who are in love with the new Republican candidate in Delaware who Bill Maher has on tape admitting she dabbled in witchcraft? The world is inside out and upside down.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:25
In the 60s, people feared their cable boxes were spying on them...Now we oddly distrust the Government, and want to privatize everything, despite mounting evidence that the Corporations care about us less than even enemy Governments.

There's another article on RSN that shows bumper-to-bumpe r dead fish, so densely packed, it looks like a cobblestone road, and still another about strip-mining... This shows the irresponsibilit y of modern Corporations...

And yet all this "privatization" has not SAVED us any money, and cost many their health and even lives!

Look up Massey Mining, for a good example.

How do we get Erin Brockovich?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:39
There was no cable in the 60s.

We don't need Erin Brockovitch, we just need regulatory agencies that are allowed to do their jobs instead of being staffed with Bible-college moles packed in by Bush as he went out the back door.
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:18
Because I became so sick of the media in general I tossed out the television set 21 months ago. I decided to read a minimum of 150 pages a day, raising it to 180 on average. The results? I have discovered the delights of a good university library and a great deal of relief! Turn off the TV! Pick up a damn book! Be at least a little disciplined about it by reserving half your reading to contemporary matters and guess what? You'll never go back! It's that simple. We aren't half as stupid as the media wants us to be and rebellion begins with changing yourself. Also, try to read authors you know you won't agree with. Give all sides the hearing deserved. Fair warning though: You're likely to become very progressive in your thinking. You will learn soon enough that the people most in need of getting good information are the least inclined to get it by reading. Be a rebel! Start reading! Don't take any body's word for it! Take a class in logic! Learn all you can about critical thinking! Be free!
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 17:08
True. Then the question becomes why are so many in the thrall of this pure propaganda machine. In most countries where there is a controlled or government run media, the majority of the population take it for what it is and depend on underground sources which often are highly developed. Modern media is a curse that it is almost impossible to escape.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 21:38
Quoting bjw:
True. Then the question becomes why are so many in the thrall of this pure propaganda machine. In most countries where there is a controlled or government run media, the majority of the population take it for what it is and depend on underground sources which often are highly developed. Modern media is a curse that it is almost impossible to escape.

So far, the internet has provided excellent access to information not aired much in public media (RSN for one!). Sure, anyone can say anything in the internet. It isn't wholey reliable. But I insist that Americans choose to watch way too much TV, as though it was strapped to their faces. Anyone can go to just about any library and discover just how thin and stupid the mirage is that the general media spins around us. I would even accuse most of us of being lazy in our thinking because we are so disinclined to do our homework. Yet for the cost of a library card, the road to truth opens up!
 
 
+17 # Guest 2010-09-15 00:00
This makes my want to cry. How can the airwaves be dominated by the talkers of such nonsense? Any reasonably sane Republican should denounce this crazy talk. Normally one would say,"This is so out of touch, it's not worth a comment." But this is Gingrich, plus all the money behind him, and he has a good feel for those who will eat this up. Barack, be strong! And, I think, be angry!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:41
How can the "airwaves be dominated"....? They got rid of the fairness doctrine, they got rid of the limit on the number of stations a company could own, etc. It happened very systematically.
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-15 00:05
Yeah....Anti-Co lonial....Nothi ng worse than that!
 
 
+10 # Guest 2010-09-15 00:19
Poor Newt. He is clueless.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 17:21
I don't think he is clueless as to what outrageous hogwash his audience will swallow without question. He, like Karl Rove, know that the bigger and bolder the lie, the more attractive it is and will be taken up as a hardcore, undeniable, unassailable belief. Now, we will hear more and more about his being an anti-colonial Kenyan....which during that time meant seeing the Mau Mau rebellion portrayed on our nightly news. Look it up and check out the pictures. That is the association these creeps are trying to make.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau_Mau_Rebellion
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:41
He isn't clueless, he's evil.
 
 
+19 # PatG 2010-09-15 01:40
This is past outrageous!
Who remembers the blind Bush followers painting anyone who dared criticize Bush as "unpatriotic" to not support the "President" in time a war?
These psychopath racists are beyond hypocritical!
Suddenly it is no longer unpatriotic to revile our President in the continuing time of war?!
 
 
+14 # tuandon 2010-09-15 03:50
This is so far out of touch with reality that one can scarcely comment on it. Of course, Mr. Gingrich, our twice-divorced purveyor of "family values" does not seem to be concerned with reality to begin with.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-15 04:00
The Newt is a legend in his own mind, but that's not an uncommon trait. What is scary though is the number of sheeple that will fall for his schtick and queue up behind him.
 
 
-22 # Guest 2010-09-15 04:02
Why is this racist? Do we accuse progressives of similarly unsavory crimes when they opine about the psychological motives of George Bush or teaparty members?

I think De Souza's analysis is a bit far-fetched (as I thought progressive opinions about Bush's genetic predispostions given the behavior of his father and grandfather were far-fetched) but I don't see it as racist.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+9 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:26
Lee, You ask why is this racist? Is imbuing the President of the United States with "spectral" attributes such as being (oh my God) a Socialist, inebriated and sin of all sins, an African tribesman not smacking of a tad bit of racism to you? Name another President whose ancestry was called into fashion in a similar manner. There has been an 800% rise (according to the FBI) in racially motivated hate groups since Obama was elected. See any racism there? The Tea Party movement did NOT exist before Obama, yet everything they claim to be protesting, besides Obama himself, was present long before they donned their cute little ball caps with hanging tea bags attached. Why? No racism involved here? Face it, President Obama, the very term sticks in the craws of millions, is being accused of being non-reasonable, ill-moderate, and non-accommodati ng by a disgruntled former Congressman who gave "sermon" like speeches on morals whilst having an affair with a secretary as his wife of 28 years lay dying of cancer. Swell guy.
 
 
-4 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:36
Some people brought up the Roosevelt's association with the Opium trade, Bush's family has been roundly reviled, and Kennedy name is well-associated with bootlegging and being publicly drunk...
Making fun of the President is a universal pastime!
 
 
+15 # Guest 2010-09-15 04:14
Newt has given a whole new meaning to the word SCUMBAG. I hope he does run for President in 2012 against Obama. This will show the contrast between a basically decent and intelligent man and a true scumbag -- as Phredices accurately says, "a philandering, inebriated, pro-colonialist " politician.
 
 
-16 # Guest 2010-09-15 05:02
Race,why do you people want to make a race case out of everything
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-15 07:38
Easy. I heard his own defense of his statement and he said he justified it not only with the article but with Obama's own words from his Bio about his search for his father. His claim is that his search for the truth about a father he never knew, led him to accept the ideas put forth by those tribesmen. If his name had been O'Bama and he was from Dublin during the fight with Brits would Newt have been so quick to say something negative about the fight the Irish put up against the Brits during the last century? I don't think so. Is it possible that it's because he's African American? You bet! My question is: do repubs want to isolate all people of color from the GOP by labeling them illegitimate therefore not Americans because they are susceptible to influences from their past and not their present or are they willing to embrace them like they do white European-Americ ans because we look like them?
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:22
Quoting Carlos J. Bosch:
Race,why do you people want to make a race case out of everything

Maybe because you guys are so racist...? Ya' think?
 
 
-4 # Guest 2010-09-15 21:39
So tell me: Is Obama a black with bad policies, or a person with bad policies who happens to BE Black?
I'm sure that if Clinton or Bush or any President in history could've hidden behind the Race Card, we would've thought less of them...It seems you are practicing the Racism of Lowered Expectations!
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:58
Bosch, "Why do "you people" want to make a race case out of everything. "You" really don't get it do you?
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 05:17
Wow. At the least, one can say that it doesn't seem to hold much water. I'll leave the worst interpretation of the motives for the "stunning insight" to others. It reminds me of the Oliver Stone movie "W" trying to tell us that our most recent President was motivated by his father, when a tad of research would have told him that Mr. Bush was known to always be wanting to please his mother. Where do people get these ideas? Perhaps she just riffed off of his early autobiography's title without reading the book.Sigh.
 
 
+19 # Guest 2010-09-15 05:22
D'Souza and Gingrich--now that's a full tea cup! All we need is the Mad Hatter. Oh wait, there are thousands of them. They're called the Tea Party.
If ever there was a faker and BS artist it is Gingrich. He is an intellectual joke, yet he shares his warped reasoning so convincingly the idiots accept it. Hucksters, fake preachers and the like have done this for centuries.
Too bad the media is in bed with the right. We need solid exposes, but the watchdogs are now lapdogs.
By the way, does Gingrich support Colonialism? Does he want a nation-devourin g empire? Tell that to the world and see what happens.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 06:27
The truth is, an African Hyena has more morals and certainly more family values than both D'Souza and Gingrich.

Only on Fox News, folks. Only the most uncouth can stomach reading the likes of Fox News crap!
 
 
+15 # Guest 2010-09-15 06:50
And this utter fool, along with Sarah Palin aspires to the Oval Office. God help us. As fredboy said so well, "All we need is the Mad Hatter". No wait....we've already had him (Bush)!
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-15 07:02
Why don't the Republican's and Fox News just quit pussy-footing around and just call Obama the n-word and get it over with? You know they want to because this is their mind-set. They consider the President, and everyone else in this world who is not a rich White American, to be not worth their place in their white god's good creation.
 
 
+5 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:26
I hadn't thought of this before but I think you're right. I suspect they DO use the "N-word"...in code. I think they say it all the time come to think of it.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 07:02
Gingrich for President! And when he is President I would expect him to surrender the United States back to it's lawful ruler - King Charles of Great Britain. Newt - let's just write off that terrorist action they call the American Revolution as an experiment gone bad!

Do me a favour mate and get a brain!
 
 
+10 # Windy126 2010-09-15 07:34
Newt, crawl back under your slimy rock where you belong.
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:07
Hitler/Goebbels formulation of Big Lie principle. "People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."
 
 
-10 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:31
Isn't that how Obama got into office? The Big--AND VAGUE--Lies of Hope&Change?
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 21:43
Quoting EPGAH:
Isn't that how Obama got into office? The Big--AND VAGUE--Lies of Hope&Change?

Yeah, yeah...he pandered to our desire for hope and change, just like Gingrich panders to the desire of some folks out there to use the "N" word in reference to Obama. This of course, doesn't say much about the kind of hope and change the right is looking for, now does it. I think I'll stick with the hype for hope and change. Better than being a closet racist don't ya' think?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 17:33
No, hope is a delusion. You don't HOPE for "better" times, you what you're after, better for WHOM, and go for those definite goals. Obama was the ULTIMATE victory of style over substance, bobbing and weaving better than any pro fighter I've ever seen when asked for details about his plan, or switching subjects to his kids, and even his damn dog!
The Republicans are no better, offering a return to 1980s prosperity, but not HOW to get there.
Our only chance is to jump to the Third Party. Going back to either of our abusers would just prove that we're as stupid as they believe us to be, right?

I STILL insist that the Republicans and Democrats are one party now. another poster called them the Corporacrats, and that works, let's use that! A recent Supreme Court decision made it de-juro, rather than de-facto...
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:24
It is telling that the neocon view that the optimum social arrangement is that in which a very few people enjoy all the riches and power and the vast majority are continuously robbed & exploited, is now assumed to be generally accepted. How otherwise could anti-colonialis m be brought forward as an indictment by the hysterical D'Souza & Gingrich & actually published in mainline media?
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:32
What can WE do? Our media is sick and dominated by greed. One thing we can do is, in public places, bars, restaurants, air ports, when the TVs are playing FOX News stations, ask that they be switched to Public TV, and drop passing comments to strangers about the Un American Activities of FOX's programs.
We can also pressure their advertisers.
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-15 17:52
I agree. An actual boycott of the Propaganda Machine and its sponsors is in order.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 21:51
Quoting bjw:
I agree. An actual boycott of the Propaganda Machine and its sponsors is in order.

I'll say it again: throw out your TVs, read every day and try to give a hearing to all sides and I will add this - quit wearing corporate logos, buying by brand name over actual value and get as far away from commercial media as you can in all its' many expressions. Be counter cultural for a change! Drop out of the commercial driven rat race by doing some serious reading and take some classes in logic and critical thinking. Defy the brain washing going on! Stop taking people's word for it and look it up yourself! We're being to passive! Cut the commerial umbilical cord as best you can! Freedom starts on the individual level when we start to wean ourselves off of our addiction to being told by the media what to think, who to vote for and so forth. Someone, please. Contribute by telling me if there is any better way of not being a damn sheeple!?! Action follows thought, right?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 17:36
Yes, but the problem is, everything from food to clothes--even the cheap ones without logos (Or perhaps ESPEcially the cheap ones without logos?)--come from Corporations now, so there's nothing you can do that won't support them in some way.
Avoid buying new TVs or videogame platforms or other big-ticket items and you'll starve them of MAJOR money, but they still get more than enough off everyday "micro" transactions!
 
 
+12 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:32
Machine-gun-mou th Gingrich is an idiot. He teaches at a University? That thought is frightening.
 
 
+14 # Guest 2010-09-15 08:40
When Larry Flynt outed the Republican sexual hypocrites during Monica Lewinski Gingrich grinned like the cheshire cat in Alice and pulled away into the mist. Now the newly rabid Newt speaks of Obama's father as a "philanderer." Gingrich is a calculated nutcase, a very strategic man without any wisdom, a bombthrowing, sociopathic, radical fascist fool.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:32
Read all the reader comments. Count the ones that do not hurl unsupported insults at someone. Cannot you disagree with an idea or position without degrading the holder of that idea or position? Do you want to win hearts and minds to your view or simply verbally lynch the victims of your rath?
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:36
Quoting John Henry:
Read all the reader comments. Count the ones that do not hurl unsupported insults at someone. Cannot you disagree with an idea or position without degrading the holder of that idea or position? Do you want to win hearts and minds to your view or simply verbally lynch the victims of your rath?


I empathize with you Mr. Henry. Honestly I do. I misbehave in the manner you describe quite a lot and I suppose I should reform myself. The problem though, especially with Gingrich and his ilk (I chose this word carefully) is that they have made up their minds and are not open to persuasion. I don't find myself often in a place where I am even remotely concerned with persuading anyone. Maybe I should be but as for seeking converts, what's the point? When the right offers thoughtful, intelligent and respectful commentary I will endeavor to reply in kind. As long as the "L" word is deemed as much a put down as the "N" word, courtesy is a waste of effort.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 18:14
Daniel, courtesy is never a waste and should not be an effort. It is a duty you owe to yourself.

On the other hand, John Henry might find that spellcheck is as useful as Miss Manners :)

Finally, I read both of Mr. O'bama's books (hey, he has as much Irish as most of us), and he seems to take after his Illinois relatives more than his Kenyan ones, as curious as he was about them.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 21:56
Quoting Cynthia:
Daniel, courtesy is never a waste and should not be an effort. It is a duty you owe to yourself.

On the other hand, John Henry might find that spellcheck is as useful as Miss Manners :)

Finally, I read both of Mr. O'bama's books (hey, he has as much Irish as most of us), and he seems to take after his Illinois relatives more than his Kenyan ones, as curious as he was about them.

Cynthia, you are so darn reasonable...an d right of course. My alter ego emerges in this forum I suppose. You're admonishments are a kindness. Thanks. I'll try harder...as maybe it is something I owe myself. On a deeper level I think you're right.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 05:55
Nice rhetoric Mr. Henry. Hope it is directed toward members of the right as well as members of the left...includin g Gingrich and the Kochs and Beck and all the others hurling unsubstantiated truths about our president in order to feed red meat to their followers. I suppose when they stop, we'll stop but they fan the fire with their speeches whipping the crowds into frenzies with unsupported "facts", it's no wonder that the politics of personal destruction leaks into "everyman" speak!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-19 16:16
I've booked a hotel in DC for the Sanity Rally on Oct 30th.
Anyone wanting to just breathe deeply while debunking the Newts of the nation should give it a shot. Maybe we'll spend a day NOT grinding our teeth.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 10:12
Counting yours and Gingrich's as two that do or do not hurl unsupported insults as Obama? Do you and Newt disagree with Obama with degrading him. Do you wish to verbally lynch him?
 
 
+7 # Guest 2010-09-15 11:33
The weird thing is how D'Souza accurately describes the evils of Western (and American) neo-colonialism , then brushes them aside with concerns about America remaining "on top" against the rising powers of China and India! There clearly are a lot of Americans who firmly believe we ought to dominate the world, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a vile, godless, mulsim, socialist traitor! And "F*** the poor!!" (with apologies to Mel Brooks).
 
 
-5 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:41
Americans believe--like the Chinese--that it is better to do than be done to.

If America loses its top spot, a lot of countries will try to wreak revenge on what they see as a weakened target. And we must admit, they're not wrong!

Indeed, our failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan are emboldening lesser countries of all kinds. Every two-bit satrap now thinks they can take us on, rather than 1940s thinking, "Mess with America, get messed up"!

But even our fighting is motivated by PROFIT, rather than winning. If we were fighting to WIN, it would've taken a couple weeks, and other countries would suddenly act a lot nicer to us, whether out of fear or respect. About every 20 years, SOMEONE challenges America, and the way we respond determines if we will be legend or laughingstock.. .
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-16 23:26
Our Failures in Vietnam were due to the clear fact that we were very wrong to be there in the first place and if there - fighting for the wrong set of values. Clearly North Vietnam's sense of justice better fit our notion of the same better than the corrupt and murderous regime in the South.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:46
America has already lost its "top spot" in almost any measure you can come up with.
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-21 22:08
Ok, let's say America has lost our top spot...Do we just accept our demise, or do we fight to get back on top?
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 14:42
Quoting David Heizer:
The weird thing is how D'Souza accurately describes the evils of Western (and American) neo-colonialism, then brushes them aside with concerns about America remaining "on top" against the rising powers of China and India! There clearly are a lot of Americans who firmly believe we ought to dominate the world, and that anyone who thinks otherwise is a vile, godless, mulsim, socialist traitor! And "F*** the poor!!" (with apologies to Mel Brooks).


EXACTLY! ...and this is sufficient to excuse the absence of civility when debating with such thinkers. The megalomaniacal American mindset held by far too many is disgusting, evil and deserving of complete revulsion. No citizen holding such beliefs has anything sufficient that resembles a conscience to appeal to. This is the root of American exceptionalism that excuses every conceivable atrocity when committed in the name of national security. It is psychotic and sick.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 18:06
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D%27Souza

Check out his writings which include a defense of slavery, his explanation of how African Americans had it good but are still acting out against their involuntary servitude to their own detriment, and other pseudo-intellec tual takes on American history. D'Souza is a product of colonialism and identifies with the colonizers. One could build a case for his being a modern day incarnation of those mixed race Indians who were despised by Indian anti-colonialis ts as traitors and equally despised by the British colonizers. So, he brings his psychological baggage to the US and makes a profession out of his inner conflicts by identifying with the masters and serving as their waterboy. This hit piece on Obama is exactly in line with that service to the Masters.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:05
"This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con" -

You can't have it both ways - he is so out of touch but understands how the world works well enough to pull off a universal con?
 
 
0 # Guest 2010-09-24 03:39
Someone can be functionally retarded, but universally "loved", or just charismatic enough to fool everybody. There's an Urban Legend about some charismatic cult leader who committed suicide along with all his followers.
Obama/Pelosi/Reid's policies could be aptly described as "America Beating Itself Up".

Plus, you know how Obama is "against" offshore drilling? Apparently, that's only for America, he's given BILLIONS to Brazil for THEIR offshore drilling, BUT we're not getting any of the oil from that. Or Iraq, for that matter. How suicidally stupid is it for a nation to spend money to benefit its COMPETITORS?
We can argue later over whether certain countries are evolving from competitors to downright enemies...
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:19
UHHHH, yeah, and Bush W didn't do the same for Bush Sr.?? A war that we are still in! No matter what President Obama says about Iraq we will be in it forever!
 
 
+8 # Guest 2010-09-15 12:59
Wow, another made-up "theory" about Obama by the Nazi propaganda cartel (Gingrich, Limbaugh, Beck, Koch(s), Rove et al). These millionaires are dangerous manipulators and con-men, trying to fool the gullible, paranoid (and often bigoted) voters.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 13:17
Newt is nuts, but as for D'Souza, he is dangerous. This is the same kind of sewing together untruths that produced his 1991, Illiberal Education, and it takes as its target the same thing: The very idea that non-White Americans may view the world a bit differently than the powerful talking head / journalist class do.
 
 
+4 # Guest 2010-09-15 15:19
To understand Gingrich's own views toward colonialism, look at his Tulane U PhD dissertation on educational policies in the Belgian Congo. He considered them rather favorably, as I recall.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-16 04:59
Bill Crowell -- yes, I read this dissertation and he is very clear that colonialism is the replacement of an inferior culture by a superior one. He says progress often requires real pain -- and that means killing indigenous people who resist progress. Gingrinch is a throwback to the 19th century white supremacists. He believes fully in the white man's burden (i.e., the raping and looting of nations inhabited by darker skinned people).
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-15 20:44
Please remember: , Dr. Newt Gingrich was an ARROGANT ACADEMIC, is an ARROGANT ACADEMIC, and will remain an ARROGANT
ACADEMIC.

Ditto Dr.Dinesh D'Souza.
 
 
-3 # Guest 2010-09-15 20:50
Scary! Most of the comments sound like vile raging..taking the civil out of civilians
I was a proud Dem my whole life, but the last election changed that..they acted like the party of hate,just like the people they were trying to vote out. What's a concerned citizen and voter to do?
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 23:51
Ummm, Nell, I saw no hate from Democrats. Hate? I saw a lot less mere bad feeling than should have been expected given the mess the prior administration was leaving us in. A concerned citizen is supposed to try to distinguish fact from spin and truth from propaganda. A concerned citizen is supposed to wonder why one party is trying to delegitimize the patriotism of the other party. A concerned citizen is supposed to wonder why a certain news network is a mouthpiece for only one party 99% of the time.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 02:44
Dear God, please tell me that I managed to somehow jump over to The Onion and that this is all just satire...
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 15:04
Am a Kenyan, I can say with certitude that the Republicans incorporating their festering obsession with Obama's birthplace, loyalties, origins into their official language breeds racism and only confirms the already spurious claims of the rampant right-wing racism. After all Obama's political behavior might be alien to common sense and good government but it is not alien to the US.
 
 
+3 # Guest 2010-09-16 16:46
There is no civil manner to discuss the morally insane who inflame the world with their racist ideas. Look closely at Newt Gingrich and you will see the urbane reflection of one Austrian who inflamed Germany and the world with his veiled seeds of hatred and white supremacy.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-17 06:10
We use to be a nation of halfway intelligent people. It is obvious that Palin is lining up her people to support her in her bid for the White House. She has out slicked the Republicans and we Democrats knew she had a motive all along. She uses her legs to dupe America. And Her folksy down home ignorant talk to recruit the blind. You know...we need not wait for terrorist to destroy America...we are doing a damn good job ourselves.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-17 06:16
Before Newt should be taken serious, the world needs to come to Georgia and delve into his lifestyle...thr ee wives and counting,the controversy around his state election when Debra Norville stole a video from the TV station to promote him....and Debra was fired from Atlanta news.....the wives that lay in his path, especially the one with cancer that he took the divorce papers to her hospital room for signature. The very life that these guys preach under Religion and the American Flag....they do not live. Yet he blast President Obama. Who is the smart man here
I put my money on the Ivy League grad. The Big "O."
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 10:16
Oh shut up Newt! No one really gives a shit what you think now or ever.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 14:44
When I last checked, Hawaii was a state in our United States. Even before statehood it was a U.S. territory. Obama's mom was born in the United States. She must have had some contact with him as he grew up. His father could not have been the sum total as an influence. Of course there is the obvious, a child born to an American citizen mother in a state of the United States, however new, must be an American. Is there some list of characteristics that is American and all others are not? And this stepping onto the continent thing is pure farce. Let's get this straight: The founding fathers of this nation were firm anti-colonialis ts and we have an anti-imperial tradition in the United States with our history that needs rediscovery. Obama was an American at the moment he took his first breath. D'Souza, by his own admission, had to wait seventeen and more years "to step onto this continent." Next, I expect him to say Obama is trying to poison our precious bodily fluids!
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-17 22:32
Daniel, I think Rara might be onto something with the precious bodily fluids. We should look into this.

Seriously folks, have you read your American history? Have you seen some of those old political cartoons and ads? They were majorly actionable! Do you ever recall, as, alas, I do, making up an essay out of thin air with no data to support it? Certainly Ms. D'Souza and Mr. Gingrich are having lots of very bad fun (right in our American tradition) with this theory that is bizarre, silly, and without factual or inductive merit. Frothing like this just encourages them.
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-18 10:35
Is that the party we want to return the white house and congress to? We may not like everything the president has done but at least we know his heart is in the right place. If we lose the house and senate then we have no one to blame but our selves..VOTE out the party of crazies...
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-18 15:58
So what's wrong with being anti-colonial?
 
 
+1 # JayMagoo 2010-09-18 18:03
Newt is whacko! Goofy! Ding-a-ling! Ga-ga! Over the edge! Nutso! Waaaaaayyyyyy out in left field! The only good thing is that he's getting so crazy that nobody, even your basic right wingnut republican, wants anybody to know that he takes Newt seriously anymore.
 
 
+2 # Guest 2010-09-19 12:04
Would someone who reads a lot of political dialogue in the media please review or sample 100 articles by D'Sousa. If you find 90 railing against some Black person don't be surprised. But if you find one, just one, praising any Black person, say Mandela or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or Ralph Bunch or any undisputed hero, please sound the Alarm as D'Sousa will have converted to sanity. Why does the media feature this right wing drumbeater?

William Maxwell in Albania
 
 
+1 # Guest 2010-09-20 21:24
The ignorance of the right is breathtaking. No, it's insanity. We all learned in school about how the colonists REBELLED against colonialist England. We learned how they fled religious persecution and established a REVOLUTIONARY government with SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. What drug is the right wing on? Actually I know what drugs them: arrogance, greed, and love of power. What else is new?
 
 
0 # Jey 2010-09-30 12:29
"D'Souza was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, to parents from the state of Goa in Western India. He arrived in the United States in 1978, originally through a Rotary International program..."

A lot of nerve for a (brown man) Indian Immigrant to be conservative and take shots at blacks and other minorities. As they said earlier he's one of those "rats" who is always on the side of the colonialist/rul ers to do propaganda and aid their motives. I've seen his kind in real life amongst other East Indians.

Those who did that back in the Brits ruling of India were given a lot of privileges and an upgraded lifestyle, changed their names to English and then the religion too!

Don't believe any word from people like him Dinesh!
 

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