Earlier this week, at a Washington DC fundraiser, in a statement that can best be described as regressive American exceptionalism, former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich said of himself:
“I am not a citizen of the world. I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous!”
Witness the video below of Mr. Gingrich’s pronouncement that defines in two simple sentences the elitism, racism and egotism that have destroyed his Republican Party.
The question is, how can this protectionist, elitist, and even racist declaration be in the best interests of America, which despite Mr. Gingrich’s supremacist notion, is part of the global community?
What’s most frightening is the air of superiority with which Gingrich made his statement. Staring straight into the camera before a room of Republicans, this leader of his party defamed any benefit he might derive as a citizen of the world. With George W’s arrogance, Dick Cheney’s sociopathy, and Donald Rumsfeld’s bravado all rolled into one, Gingrich equates a citizen of the world to “intellectual nonsense.” He typifies the very characteristics of the Bush years that thrust this nation into its abyss.
Clearly Gingrich’s “I’m not a citizen of the world” is a slam on Obama after the President’s recent Mid-East & Europe tour. But undermining Obama’s global popularity won’t alter the fact that Gingrich could never achieve such acceptance. In the ever blending global arena, Gingrich is consistently bland.
Mr. Gingrich, if you are not a citizen of this world, then stay the eff out of it. Go back to where you went ten years ago when you were forced from the House in disgrace.