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I Acted Like Vile, Soulless Scum Because I Am Such a God-Fearing Patriot

March 10th, 2011

Newt Gingrich, commenting on the reasons why he cheated on his wife and came to her hospital bed as she suffered from cancer to lay out terms of the divorce, before later marrying the younger woman and refusing to pay alimony and child support:

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.

Wow. He acted like an unspeakably cruel, selfish, and utterly soulless piece of scum because he was such a impassioned patriot. Yeah, that explains it.

At least he has enough shame to equivocate, saying that it’s only partially why he did it. I am assuming that the other, unspoken part is because he has no scruples, virtue, or shame. Goes without saying, I suppose.

Naturally, right after he finished saying the above, he mentioned God about five or six times in quick succession.

Meet the next Republican candidate for president.

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  1. Troy
    March 10th, 2011 at 17:25 | #1

    Krugman made the right allusion here, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”.


    has this:

    A further argument that Johnson felt Burke a manipulative scoundrel comes from Boswell. Burke is a topic of discussion following the “last refuge” remark, and about Burke, Johnson says, “Sir, I do not say that he is not honest; but we have no reason to conclude from his political conduct that he is honest.” And on another occasion, Johnson said of him, “In private life he is a very honest gentleman; but I will not allow him to be so in publick life. People may be honest, though they are doing wrong; that is between their Maker and them. But we, who are suffering by their pernicious conduct, are to destroy them. We are sure that [Burke] acts from interest. We know what his genuine principles were. They who allow their passions to confound the distinctions between right and wrong, are criminal. They may be convinced; but they have not come honestly by their conviction.”

    While TBH my education on 18th century british parliamentarians and philosophers is parlously imperfect, I have come across some rather heavy slagging on Burke in the past.

    Burke was certainly a conservative’s conservative, an early proponent of classical liberalism and an ardent defender of privilege against the abuses of a democratic state:

    “Political equality is against nature. Social equality is against nature. Economic equality is against nature. The idea of equality is subversive of order”.

  2. Ken sensei
    March 11th, 2011 at 15:40 | #2


    We just heard about the 7.9 quake (later upgraded to 8.8!)
    My God, that’s scary.
    Tsunami warning is looming, too.

    We are concerned for you and yours.
    Pls update us on the blog (or on Skype) on your condition.


  3. March 11th, 2011 at 15:47 | #3


    Yes, I hope you’re ok. Thinking of you and your wife.

    And awaiting for your description of the temblor when you get a chance.

    Dave Syzdek, Nevada

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