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American Politics Requires a Warrior Political Mentality To Regain True Government

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in response to reader comment: Speaker Gingrich Did Not Bury Himself - He is Finding That There is No Room Left for Gentlemen in Politics

Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 13, 2012 at 13:24

I guess I did not make myself plain enough: the use of the term gentleman/gentlemen as employed in the halls of legislatures is now an extreme misuse of the word(s). Whether one is portrayed as a buffoon by opponents or wraps themselves in that mantle of their own accord is an operation of a three ring circus that Mr. Barnum would have been proud to exploit-politicians as fools-there's one born every minute.

I am inclined to resort to the results - Speaker Gingrich should have left well enough alone – that his only mistake was his first one – to consider running in the first place. As all Reaganites should know by now, Reaganism is dead. Even as Tea Party advocates should understand, the movement had its quick ascendancy, but by not keeping the current administration in check before Obamacare was instituted, one should have realized that institutionalist republicanism holds the reigns of the right. Mitt Romney is full evidence of that.

But from an underlying perspective, the republicans are not going to achieve too much this November if they cannot move more than 49 percent of the vote. Once the opposition gets its targeting sighted on the republican, they'll have more than enough to show that the republicans are in no better position to get anything done than they can right now – no budget, no vision, no sense in shaking up things too much if it means losing their premier positions of influence due to political intransigence. After all, they have it made when they can get away with doing nothing and still get paid now an retire in elegance on the backs of the taxpayer increased taxes.

Did I say any was a gentleman? NO. I believe I inferred that there is no room left for gentlemen in politics, at all. Instead, we need a strength of character-missing in American politics by today's offerings - in order to counter all that has been lost for 100 years.

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