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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Contemplating the hypocrisy of Newt Gingrich

Just having some random thoughts, comparing Newt "The Grinch" Gingrich to Bill "Slick Willy" Clinton:

Bill: Cheated on wife, worked through problems and remained with Hillary; status of happiness level of marriage: unknown

Newt: Cheated on wife (who was in hospital, dying of cancer), and filed for divorce while she was in the hospital. Then, cheated on wife No. 2, allegedly asking for an "open relationship." Denies it all (translation: he's lying). First episode of cheating occurred while acting as Speaker of House to prosecute and impeach Bill Clinton for -- cheating on wife and lying.

Bill: Likable

Newt: Not likable

Bill: Feels your pain

Newt: Couldn't care less about your pain or anyone else's except his own

Bill: Produced one of the largest and longest periods of sustained financial growth of the 20th century during his eight years in office in spite of continuous persecution from the opposition party.

Newt: Shut down the federal government in 1995 due to refusing to make necessary compromises to keep the government working

Bill: Brought a message of hope to all Americans (at a time when we were mired in a recession under Poppy Bush)

Newt: A master of the politics of division, and brings more of same in 2012

Bill: Organized the original moderate wing of the Democratic Party to bring the national party back to the center, and get Democrats elected. We all loved Ted Kennedy and other liberals, but they would NEVER win national elections.

Newt: Continues to take the GOP as far to right as possible. (Of course, a large part of the problem with the GOP is the voters who vote for GOP candidates. The politicians, as Molly Ivins was fond of saying, merely "dance with the one who brung them." And why not? It's a sure-fire way to get re-elected. (Note Sen. Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor, etc.) Just keep giving 'em plenty of red meat. Americans have turned decidedly meaner in the past 20 years, so the politicians simply reflect the meanness. I personally do not think the average Democratic voter, nor Democratic politician, is as mean as their GOP counterpart, which accounts for a large part of our problems. If our elected officials, from President Barack Obama down ballot to the local city council members would stand up to the Radical Right, rather than acquiesce in the name of courtesy, the nation would be in a better place. These people are bullies, and they need to be treated as such. Think of all the broadcasting talking heads who are bullies, such as Rush Limbaugh.

Bill: After getting caught lying under oath (for apparently having sex), the GOP wanted his head on a platter.

Newt: After becoming a serial cheater and divorcer (one man/one woman, really?), the GOP has decided that the particular part about cheating, divorcing, etc., actually turns out is NOT an important part of the “Traditional Family Values” agenda. After all, Saint Ronald Reagan himself was divorced. It can't be that bad, right?

Bill: Born and raised in the Baptist Church

Newt: Has changed religions three times. Guess he's looking for one which is OK with cheating and divorce.

Bill: A popular, populist President who would have been happy with nothing more than a good job for all working class Americans.

Newt: Part of the right-wing agenda that rammed the NAFTA act through Congress, which started the stampede of manufacturing jobs leaving America and going overseas or to Mexico, where workers are paid pennies per day to do work Americans used to do. Although Bill did sign the NAFTA as President (to which I disagreed,) he claims he did it in the spirit of bipartisanship, and I’m sure was thinking he would also get something in return. Whether he did is unknown. We all know how "DADT" worked out.

Then there’s Mitt Romney: In my humble opinion, if MORE American workers were unionized, they would have more leverage against the 1% like Mitt Romney, who are robbing Americans blind. Romney does not know what it is like to be poor, middle class or even upper middle class. He was born in the 1% and will always remain there. He has no feelings for humans whatsoever, and even blurted out one day that "corporations are people."

Kevin Hollingsworth
Dallas, Texas