Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Newt Gingrich is Right

Before you think I have jumped off the deep end, listen for yourself. Former Speaker of the House Gingrich talks about the culture of coruption plaguing Washington and he happens to be right.

Absolute power does corrupt absolutely, and since Republican's control the House, Senate, White House, Supreme Court, Federal Court, Governorships and most State Governments... the culture of corruption can only be blamed on one party.

Democrats have had dealing with Abramoff, but Democrats were the first to give back the money. President Bush called Abramoff a pioneer fundraising. That means that Abramoff convinced others to give anywhere between $100k to $200k during the 2004 election.

Who were those people? How did he get them to do it? Are they now in positions of power? Why won't Bush give all of this money back and not just the money Abramoff directly gave him?

It is an election year again (it seems like it is always an election year), and we are given the amazing ability to take back the house. Newt Gingrich is right about the power of power and the corruption of the capital, and who do we have to blame besides the majority?


At 7:33 PM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

Listen carefully--Gingrich is pulling a fast one.

Gingrich talks a good game for part of this essay, but at the end completely buries the real story and subverts it to the GOP agenda of "reducing" government in general (and we know what that means in practice).

He closes with "Big government corrupts and bipartisan big government corrupts absolutely." He emphasises the word 'bipartisan' in this very (exclusively?) Republican scandal.

He never acknowledges blame on the part of any members of the GOP, but only claims that the GOP has a "special responsibility to act" to do something. Which later, of course, he says should be "reducing the size of government."

He is using the rhetoric of "corruption" in a completely generic sense to try, not just to shrug off the GOP's responsibility for the situation, but to take advantage of it in service of the traditional GOP agenda.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

Upon re-listening, Gingrich doesn't even talk a good game at the beginning. But it almost sounds like he does, so he's sneaky that way.

And he's quite insistent on blaming both parties for the current situation, as ridiculous as that concept is.

And his description of the problem is extremely shallow and incomplete.

Have I railed enough on Gingrich yet? :-)

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

I go back to looking at who is in power. Yes he talks about the Democrats being involved, but the culture of coruption has to start some where.

Where do we point the finger?

The Republicans are THE Majority party. They are the ones putting their friends and donors in charge. They are the ones that control things.

As Democrats, bloggers, activists, and candidates we have to all agree with the sentiment that there are extreme problems out there.

We know the solutions- Regime Change starts in Congress and the Texas House.

Blunt is the likely newish Majority Leader and R's are clearly in disagreement about that.

R's as conservative as Newt see the culture of coruption they have institutionalized in DC.

We are unfornate enough to have the same thing with Dewhurst and Craddick here in Texas.

There are rifts in the Republican party and there are solutions in 2006. But everyone agrees, coruption and cronyism are real problems and they were institutionalized by those in power- Republicans.

What are we going to do to make change?

At 5:48 AM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

You make good points, and of course we should vote these scoundrels out of office. But let's not pretend Gingrich is an ally in this cause.

At 6:36 AM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

Gingrich an ally? By no means do I think that. I think he personally put us on this path in 1994.

The Contract with America and his leadership lead to an increase in power for both the House and Speaker.

His points are good and good foder for us all to use in fixing our dire situation.

This year we are likely to lose another Senate seat or two, but we have the chance to pick up US and State House seats.

What I agree with Gingrich on is that there is coruption that plagues our society. Now it is our job as the minority to make it clear that we are the ones to fix it.

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please spell corruption correctly in the future. thank you.


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