Thursday, December 8, 2011

Minority children in the clutches of Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump: sinners in the hands of an angry god, anyone?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I have been working on a blog about Scowling Steve Womack, but this caught my attention this week.

The early American preacher Jonathon Edwards once wrote a sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God,” which pretty much sums up the current feeling in conservative circles towards those less fortunate than they are, or well, different in any way.

Leading the current wolf pack in the Republican party presidential run is Newt Gingrich, who would have us believe that poor children have no one in their lives who works for a living, and would fire most of the janitors in our nation’s schools, and have poor kids cleaning up the filth and muck left by their financially better-off classmates.

They can clean their toilets.

Now, the man who would save America from herself is teaming up with Donald Trump to teach some of these minority scallywags some good old-fashioned American values.

After a meeting with with the TV host, Gingrich told reporters, “As a number of you know, I've been making the case that we need to work very hard to help poor children in poor neighborhoods acquire opportunities to work. And I've asked him to take one of the poorest schools in New York, and basically offer at least 10 apprenticeships to kids from those schools, to get them into the world of work and get them into an opportunity to earn money, and get them into a habit of showing up and realizing that hard work gets rewarded and that America's all about the work ethic."

And The Donald, the man who believes that “the blacks” love him? Well, this is what he had to say.

"He did mention if I could do something for some of the kids in very, very poor schools throughout the city. I thought it was a great idea. We call it an apprenticeship, and I think we all know about ‘The Apprentice.’ We're going to be picking 10, young, wonderful children, and we're going to make them 'apprenti.' We're going to have a little fun with it, and I think it's going to be something that is really going to prove results. But it was Newt's idea, and I think it's a great idea."

Having a little fun with it?

Yeah, it’ll be on TV. Want to take any bets that it won’t be? Who knows, maybe Herman Cain and Sarah Palin can make guest appearances, teaching the kids about rugged individualism.

It’s one thing for supposed adults to sign up to be demeaned and have their dignity degraded on Trump’s excuse to mock and shame other human beings, but children?

Well, it sort of makes sense in a way. We live in a society which treats children as commodities. We sexualize them at an early age. We love to try them as adults when they commit crimes, even when it is apparent that a young person’s brain has not fully formed until they are fully grown.

And we clamor to execute them.

Why not humiliate poor kids on national television? And then we can buy it on DVD so that we can chortle over it and over again.

What else can be expected from Newt Gingrich, a man who believes that some child labor laws are “stupid,” and that the movie Boy’s Town was close to reality?

And as for Donald Trump, well, is anything beyond him?

When will we finally rise up in repugnance against men like this?

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Redemption and political con games

It’s an old game.

Candidate X has what can only be described as a colorful personal history, one that will surely destroy his delectability with conservative voters.

But wait! Lo and behold, X has come to God, and has that he has been forgiven. End of story folks. Time to attack the lack of moral leadership in the other party!

If you are really full of yourself, you can play the patriot card, such as Newt Gingrich did in a recent interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.”

I screwed around because, well, shucks, folks, I just love this country so darn much.

And yes, he said this with a straight face.

And yes, there are people who believe this.

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The only sense that is common in the long run is the sense of change, and we all instinctively avoid it. - E.B. White

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