November 09, 2011

Newt Gingrich and the Future of our World

Four YouTube videos courtesy of Hollywood2NY. Copyright owner for these videos is CNN, naturally. I have not contacted either CNN or Hollywood2NY, so if the links stop working somewhere along the line you'll know that CNN forced Hollywood2NY to pull them. If you didn't see the broadcast, I'd encourage you to watch all four of these videos.

YouTube Video: Newt Gingrich on Piers Morgan Part 1 of 4
YouTube Video: Newt Gingrich on Piers Morgan Part 2 of 4
YouTube Video: Newt Gingrich on Piers Morgan Part 3 of 4
YouTube Video: Newt Gingrich on Piers Morgan Part 4 of 4

Newt Gingrich is a career politician and like any career politician his record is a mixed bag of strong initiatives, glaring failures, and personal scandals. He knows how Washington D.C. works inside and out. He is a strong Constitutionalist, a profound thinker, a fiscal conservative, and a historian. I'm not certain that I will vote for him in the primary, but if he does win the candidacy, he would definitely be a far better president than Barack Obama has been. Congress knows him and would probably be far more inclined to work with him than they would be with either Mitt Romney or Herman Cain, especially if we wind up with a mixed bag of hyper-conservative and neo-Marxist representatives.

The real question mark in my mind is the same one that has bothered me in the pre-election year for every presidential election since 9/11, namely, "will there even be an election and if there is one, will it be honest?"

Our entire global system has been teetering on the brink of collapse ever since the first American cruise missiles struck Baghdad in January, 1991. In a very real sense, Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait shifted an ongoing world war from the anarchist-inspired reign of terror that began with the Munich Olympic Massacre of 1972 into the realm of full-scale international combat. The current rise of Iran into a nuclear power, which began with the collapse of the Shah and the student siege of the American Embassy back in 1980, is part and parcel of this global war. Newt Gingrich has been in politics throughout this tumultuous period. He has firsthand knowledge of all the primary actors, the chaos they have caused, and the multitude of failed solutions that have been attempted. It is entirely possible that no one alive has a better understanding of the global scene over the past fifty years than Newt Gingrich.

Someone once told me that definition of "experience" is "having done something every way except the right way." Newt Gingrich has been directly involved in or peripheral to every American political initiative of the past five decades, both the few that succeeded and the many that have failed. No one alive has that kind of experience. Is it possible that perhaps what America needs now, more than ever, is a president who brings to the job real-world experience with both failed policies and successful ones? Perhaps, perhaps not, in all honesty I am not entirely certain that if he gained the Whitehouse the Newt Gingrich we would see would be the clear-minded intellectual who as Speaker of the House led Congress through the most fiscally responsible era of the past century. We might wind up with the confused and floundering Congressman Newt Gingrich who contributed to the spiraling inflation of the Reagan era and that would be disastrous.

We are teetering on the edge of world war, global economic collapse, and the implosion of world civilization. If the wrong decisions are made in households and political offices stretching from the tiniest hamlet to the halls of the United Nations, then our children and grand-children will inherit a world with one-tenth the current population, rampant disease, crushing poverty, and a decaying, toxic biosphere. If we survive as a nation long enough to hold an honest election in November 2012, then the winner will have days, not weeks, not months, and not years, but mere days to transform the direction of the entire globe.

America can lead the world into a global civilization based on maximization of individual freedom, respect for genuine inalienable human rights, the rule of law, and the realization of our potential as the most evolved species on this planet, or we can oversee the complete collapse of our world and the beginning of a dystopian era that will last for at least another millenia. Everything is riding on the 2012 presidential election. Beseiged villages in Africa, oppressed hamlets in Myanmar, starving refugees in Darfur, ancient aristocratic families on every continent, and ordinary working class people on four continents will all suffer the impact of the 2012 American presidential election. It really is that important.

We did not ask to be the most powerful nation in the world, but we are. For six decades America has led the world through the greatest era of peace and prosperity in human history. No one else can carry us forward. China cannot, Russia will not, and Europe is hopelessly unable to recreate the glory of her past. It is up to us. It is up to you and I, the middle-aged American voter, to choose the direction the entire world will take for the next thousand years. Our parent's generation has squandered the prestige and prosperity our grandparents died to provide for us and now you and I are the ones our children will hold accountable if the system fails.

Bases are loaded, the score is seven to five against us, the count is three-two with two outs on the board. Can we step up to the plate and slam home the winning run or will we strike out? You, and you alone, have one year to figure out which it will be and how to achieve it.