Newt Gingrich may have inadvertently made the very point that many critics of the current Republican candidates, liberal and conservative, have been making for months; that many of the candidates delight in their ignorance of governance, history, geography, world events and even economics to the detriment of their candidacy, their party and the country.
Here is what former Speaker and Professor Gingrich said recently during a recent interview with CBN’s political correspondent David Brody.
“One of the Republican weaknesses is that we rely too much on consultants and too much on talking points, and we don’t rely enough on actually knowing things. If you’re going to lead the country and change history, you better know a heck of a lot before you start because there’s not much time for learning on the job. As Obama has proven — youth and inexperience are interesting, but they can also be a disaster.”
The irony is that just yesterday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel released video of Herman Cain struggling to answer a question to the paper’s editorial board on whether or not he agrees with President Obama’s decision to send military force over Libya in conjunction with, instead of leading, several European nations.
After an uncomfortable 65 seconds, Cain begins to dance around the question. He finally succumbed and ended by telling the board “People think the President needs to know everything, He doesn’t.”
The ignorance goes beyond foreign policy and history. Almost all of the candidates are guilty of promising sweeping changes they would make their first day in office, completely ignoring that they wouldn’t have the sole power to make such decisions because the Constitution doesn’t give that sort of power to the Executive branch of Government, The office of the President. (For example, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s immediate decision to Repeal of “ObamaCare” on her first day or Gov. Rick Perry’s promise to eliminate Departments of the Government.)
Even Mitt Romney has twisted himself into a pretzel on repealing the Health Care Reform act. He now says he would use an Executive Order to help states and government departments ignore the statute. An executive order to by-pass a congressional act? No matter who’s in the White House Congress will love that.