Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It Is Beyond Amazing

Newt Gingrich as transcribed from his appearance on The O'Reilly Factor:
Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank — for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.
This is comedy gold, in any other context. Gingrich thinks this is what will get him elected to presidency in 2012 (ostensibly going up against Sarah Palin). This is rich, ripe material for all sorts of comedic riffing. Gingrich not only steps up to bat for Islam and Judaism, but he would also paint an image of a gang of gays dragging some luckless Christian behind their Ford pick-up or tying him to a tree and beating the crap out of him.

Temptation for irony aside, Gingrich is accusing of gays doing to straights all the things that intolerant Republicans, Conservatives, and orthodox religious groups have done to gays. Gingrich is a man who did not understand how to interpret Orwell's 1984. He came away from that novel with several great ideas, such as completely turning his claims around in complete defiance of truth or substantiated fact.

"It is the gays who are oppressing us," he would have us believe. "We are fighting for the freedom of everyone who agrees with us. Gay and secular fascism are trying to force us to accept everyone's freedom, and that is why they need to be dragged out of their homes and shot in the head: in the name of freedom. We have to take up arms against the fascists who would advocate peace; we have to close our ears to the fascists who wish to give all information to everyone; we must bring the rest of the nation and the rest of the world to heel under our rules, our dictates, our strictures, in the name of liberty and freedom."

It's astounding to watch his audacity. He's not putting a spin on a situation ("I did not shoot him, he stole the bullets out of my gun and hid them in his chest"), he's actually claiming the reverse. He is actually insisting that gays are doing to his group what his group has done to them. He's insisting that the Indians have settled on our shores and are wiping us out with their diseases, reneging on all the treaties they made with us. He's claiming that the witches burned all of Salem at the stake. We all went to the same movie theater and we all attended the same showing of the same movie, but we saw Apocalypse Now and he saw Red Dawn.

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