From the Files of WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

First candidate would have to be JC Penney Corp. for this week’s prize.  Regardless of the blustering damage control the corporation is, currently, blowing out; “We donate millions to after-school education and programs!” & “This is not what JC Penney represents!”, the fact remains, this t-shirt WAS purchased by one of JC’s buyers and it WAS sold in their stores.
Somebody missed a memo somewhere.

And then there are the South Carolina Republicans…..


Also another example of “What were you thinking?!”
 I live 1742 km away from the state and even I know this man is the poster child for moral and ethical bankruptcy.

I was watching the news last night (I’m a sucker for punishment and have a secret Pepto-Bismol addiction.)
A gentleman, the noun is used in the loosest possible sense, was interviewed prior to vote and when asked who he had chosen, he replied, without hesitation, “Newt!”The interviewer went on to ask if the revelations regarding Gingrich’s moral character, vis a vis, his multiple marriages, did not give this “gentleman” pause for thought.  Without so much as a thought (obviously), this guy replies “No. I’m Christian and we forgive.”  I see. 

So one can break as many commandments as one chooses and one is always forgiven, in this man’s view. My own understanding of the commandments is that these are 10 rules that CANNOT be broken and forgiven.  Let’s face it, these are not all that tough to follow for a (cough, ahem, choke) Christian. I would have to say then that Gingrich is not, nor has he ever been, in his adult life, a Christian in anything but political hype.

Marriages can go wrong but when they go wrong for the reasons Newt’s went wrong? There is a definitive sign of a lack of morals, a lack of character. If something as important as marriage vows can be cast into Newt’s discard bin, then what hope is there for people or a country with whom Gingrich has no true emotional ties? Some people choose the open marriage concept but it is done as a couple.  Newt committed adultery and there is a very big difference.  The key being honesty. Gingrich is not honest and lacks the integrity to understand the difference between screwing around and an open marriage. If such a thing escapes him on so basic a level; what chance would the country have under his “leadership”?

Bad marriages happen.  Absolutely.  One can marry a bad choice but when the candidate IS the bad choice, you have to wonder at the combined IQ of the Republican registered voters in S.C. 

I imagine that if this piece of evidence of Gingrich’s lack of any sort of sign of character, with the exception of bad, escapes these people then his about-faces on such things as international affairs – Libya or the internet, are complete unknowns.

Examples?

Vladimir Putin

“Putin really is a generation beyond the first reformers of the post-Soviet era. He understands that the future of Russia is inside some kind of capitalist system. He understands that Russia is not going to be a global competitor. Now, he’s more authoritarian than I might like. But again, this is a country in dramatic transition. And when you look back 12 or 13 years, even his authoritarianism is remarkable, more open as a society than anything one could have dreamed as late as 1987 or 1988. So I think there you’re likely to see an emerging continuing American-Russian friendship.” – Feb. 28, 2002

“Putin represents a dictatorial approach that’s very violent, it was violent in the Chechnyan situation, it is violent in, for example, stealing investment money back from oil companies in the Soviet Union — Russia — the former Soviet Union. Putin was a KGB agent and he has a lot of KGB behaviors. They went out of their way in the last week to take on a small neighbor and crush that neighbor militarily. It’s a signal that he intends to assert authority around the periphery of Russia. – Aug. 16, 2008

WATERBOARDING

“I think it’s something we shouldn’t do…. Lawyers I respect a great deal say it is absolutely within the law. Other lawyers say it absolutely is not. I mean, this is a debatable area.” – April 26, 2009

“Waterboarding is, by every technical rule, not torture. Waterboarding is actually something we’ve done with our own pilots in order to get them used to the idea to what interrogation is like. It’s not — I’m not saying it’s not bad, and it’s not difficult, it’s not frightening. I’m just saying that under the normal rules internationally it’s not torture.” – Nov. 29, 2011

On Libya

“Exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Qaddafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more like they were to survive, [and provide] help to the rebels to replace him…. This is a moment to get rid of him. Do it. Get it over with.” – March 7, 2011 (And a little more than 2 weeks later?)

“I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi. I think there are a lot of other allies in the region we could have worked with. I would not have used American and European forces.” – March 23, 2011

Newt and Global Warming

“The weight of evidence [for global warming] over time [convinced me] that it’s something that you ought to be careful about…. How do you design a pro-science and pro-technology strategy that lowers the amount of damage the human race does to the planet?” – Feb. 15, 2007

“I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring…. The earth’s temperatures go up and down over geologic times over and over again. As recently as 11,000 years ago the Gulf Stream quit for 600 years. And for 600 years you had an ice age in Europe because there was no warm water coming up. And then it started up again. Nobody knows why it quit, nobody knows why it started up. I’m agnostic.” – Nov. 9, 2011

And in 2006? Newt supported internet censorship and policing. He now stands in opposition of infringement on the freedom of the internet. In his place? Maybe he should re-think yet again as all his past indecisions, his moral corruption comes back to haunt him, via the internet.


I can only hope that the block-headed Republicans of S.C. are among the minority and if not?  Then President Obama should be in for another successful election.

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