Why Newt Gingrich’s Personal Life Should Matter to Voters

Politics and corruption go together like peanut butter and jelly, and I have about as much admiration for what our politicians have done to our country as I do for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

I don’t watch much news, but I caught some of the most recent debate while I was at the gym, and I have to say I was pretty shocked.

The debate opened up with a shot at Newt Gingrich about the affair he had and his request for an open marriage that his wife recently spoke about. Newt’s response was to turn it around, and say how appalled he was that they would bring that up in the debate, and that it basically didn’t matter.

Why was he appalled? And why the hell did the people there give him a standing ovation? Has our country fallen so far?

The morality of the men running for President is ABSOLUTELY relevant. If Newt can’t keep his commitments to his wife, if he lacks the honor and strength of will to be faithful to one person, how on Earth can we trust him to have the moral center, honor and strength of will to do what’s right for the entire country?

I certainly believe people can change, but by responding to such questions with anger instead of sorrow or remorse shows that he is the same person today that he was then, that he hasn’t changed.

While we are on the subject of politicians, I’ve noticed a few other things that bug the crap out of me about this current election campaign. Why are people giving Romney crap for not releasing his tax returns? And how does his religion come into play in this election?

His net worth is well-known, and none of our business. If anything, he epitomizes the American dream, the work hard and wealth can come mentality. Does he pay less taxes than the average person? Quite possibly, but I’d bet that he does it within the bounds of the law…then again, I seriously doubt that he does his own taxes. I’m sure he pays accountants to manage his money, and those accountants follow the letter of the law while trying to get him the best returns possible.

If you want to understand how that works, go read Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Excellent book.

Anyhow, what Romney does with his money…well, it looks like good old Capitalism, the American way, and I don’t have any issues with that. Who wouldn’t want to pay less taxes? When I see how poorly our Government uses our tax money, and they types of crap programs and agendas and perks that my hard-earned money pays for, why the hell would I want to pay more???

Moving on.

At the same time, there has been plenty of fuss about Mitt’s religion. His membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, being a Mormon, is a non-issue. While his religion certainly impacts his moral compass, and no doubt influences the decisions he makes in life, so too would the religion of anyone running for office.

As much as we try to separate religion and state, it isn’t entirely possible, because the origin of society, morality and law come from ancient religion. So much of the world is religious still, and morals and laws are still defined today by many of those religious beliefs around the world.

The intent of separation of church and state was to allow people the freedom to worship as they see fit, and to prevent either church or state from taking those freedoms away ever again. At the same time, it is the duty of the state to create and uphold the laws supported by the majority, and if those laws come from religious people, then it truly isn’t possible to separate religion and state…at least not in the way some people want.

Anywho, I digress.

But the point of this post is simple. Enough of the smoke and mirrors, enough of the political poo flinging. I want to see an intelligent, capable, moral person take office, and I hope that the people of this country will make a wiser decision than they did the last go around.

I’m not saying Romney is a perfect choice (he isn’t), but despite the fact that his opinions seem to change more often than a Hollywood starlet’s wardrobe, I still think he would be the most capable of righting so many of the things that are wrong with our country.

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