The Newt Gingrich Factor in the Game of the Brains

September 25, 2011

Many observers may agree that we are at a historical juncture in world politics henceforth. As humanity marches into the future, the United States of America that has been fairly characterized as a shining city upon a hill appears to have become the battleground of ideologies that point in qualitatively different directions. We can fairly assume that it may be the sheer inertia behind these ideologies that has been and will be influencing the resultant direction.

Becoming a shining city upon a hill is more than a metaphor. It is a reflection of a progress of social consciousness that started with the firm understanding of egalitarian values, which led to the adoption of democratic principles in Greece a long time ago. It can be argued fairly that these principles later became a compass for the transformation and renaissance movements in Europe, which were then brought across the Atlantic Ocean and became the foundation of a democratic experiment in the U. S. and helped in creating a success story of a modern state.

This trajectory from firmly understanding egalitarian values to the adoption of democratic principles in Greece and its relatively successful practice in the U.S. may not have been shared by all people in different corners of the world. The experimentation and failure of communism may be one of the ample testaments to the differences in humanity’s differentiated value systems. Whereas class warfare points to one of the directions, empowering the individual points to a different direction. This empowerment is in consonance with the power of nature. We are born independently. For the most part, we also die independently. We can also farily say that to think and live independently is an innate value of the conscious. By extension, we may also fairly say that communism is an equal weight on everyone, it fails; capitalism is a weighted average progress for everyone, it thrives.

The subtle differences in these directions in our present day social consciousness and movements may well have become the sources of our confusions, sectarian exploitations, and expressed concerns about the direction in which known human civilizations are headed. Careful observations seem to suggest that we may have been subjected to the game of the brains and taken for a ride towards an unknown destiny vis-ŕ-vis humanity’s value systems that, at least some of us, have taken for granted.

Some people have had instinctive reactions to this ride. The formation of the Tea Party Movement may be a typical example of this instinctive reaction and is likely to have more significance, whether it succeeds or fails, than the Boston Tea Party simply because of its formation at this juncture in humanity's collective history and quest.

This instinctive reaction has been evident in the expressions of Mr. Newt Gingrich on various occasions. He has once expressed that the contemporary political environment in the U.S. is alien to America’s history and traditions. At another time, he expressed that intellectual dishonesty characterizes the current political discourse in the U.S. These outstanding messages from him have been consistent throughout the heretofore Republican candidates’ debates. His message that the U.S. faces a strategic problem and that the media ought to stop sowing discord among the republican candidates point to the moral compass of the shining city upon the hill.

While the passions of the other republican candidates to solve the problem the U.S. has faced are admirable, the depth of Mr. Gingrich’s understanding of the the problem appears unsurpassed in the identified field. Perhaps, it may well be the depth of understanding of the problem that will likely pose a historical challenge to Mr. Obama’s intellectual prowess in the upcoming general elections. The debate between President Obama and Speaker Gingrich may well prepare the electorate for a referendum about the direction in which the U.S. and the world are headed politically. In order to make a historical decision at the ballot boxes, the electorate deserves to have one of the best intellectually stimulating debates about the ideological directions we are facing as a collective group. All genuine political leaders across the spectrum of political persuasions are duty bound to provide this opportunity to the electorate so that it can make an informed decision at this milestone in humanity’s long journey towards a collective progress.

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