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Forum Post: What Christopher Hitchens Had To Say... Compared to Gingrich

Posted 7 years ago on Dec. 16, 2011, 7:13 p.m. EST by vets74 (344) from New York, NY
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...goes all the way around the block.

www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/dec/16/christopher-hitchens-quotes-bons-mots

Samples:

"Where would you like to live? In a state of conflict or a conflicted state?" -- Hitch-22

"The noble title of 'dissident' must be earned rather than claimed; it connotes sacrifice and risk rather than mere disagreement …"

"Do bear in mind that the cynics have a point, of a sort, when they speak of the 'professional naysayer'." "To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist. And there is no decent or charted way of making a living at it. It is something you are, and not something you do." – Letters to a Young Contrarian, 2001

"[Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction." – Slate, October 2003

"[George W Bush] is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things." – Hardball with Chris Matthews, NBC, 2000

"The search for nirvana, like the search for utopia or the end of history or the classless society, is ultimately a futile and dangerous one. It involves, if it does not necessitate, the sleep of reason. There is no escape from anxiety and struggle." – Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, 2004

"The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals." – God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, 2007


There's a whole lot more. His mind cut through hundreds of communal delusions.

Gingrich, collected by Alan Grayson:

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the first ingredient for the witches’ brew that the witches use to cast an evil spell is “eye of newt.” Today, in American politics, the first ingredient is “mouth of Newt.”

As I public service, I’m going to turn this missive over to Newt, so you can see for yourself. Here goes:

“In Washington, D.C., 800 babies are left in dumpsters a year.” Actually, there were four, during one year.

People can use food stamps "for anything," including "to go to Hawaii." Uh, no. They’re food stamps, not vacation stamps.

When the United States "first created the federal income tax, frankly, nobody below a million dollars a year paid anything." Actually, everyone who earned over $4000 paid the tax.

“We must expect the Soviet system to survive for a very long time. There will be Soviet labor camps and Soviet torture chambers well into our grandchildren’s lives.” As Rick Perry might say, “oops.”

"For four years, we balanced the budget and paid off $405 billion in debt." Actually, during Gingrich’s four years as Speaker, the federal debt grew by more than $800 billion.

“The Clintons are counterculture McGovernicks.” And Ron Lawl is my Secret Santa.

“Up to 25% of the White House, when they first came in, had used drugs within the past 4 or 5 years.” Fabrication’R’Us.

“Most People don’t realize it’s illegal to pray in school, most people somehow think that’s not true.” Because it’s not true.

"We spend less on defense today as % of GDP than at any time since Pearl Harbor." Actually, defense spending in 2010 was a higher percentage of GDP than in any year since 1991. So not just wrong, but wrong for 19 years in a row.

The 2009 American Recovery Act "is anti-Christian legislation that will stop churches from using public schools for meeting on Sundays, as well as Boy Scouts and student Bible study groups." Well, it’s 2011, and that hasn’t happened yet.

The Affordable Healthcare Act creates what "would, in effect, be death panels." Oh, please. Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich – great minds think alike.

The Dodd-Frank Act “establishes a mandatory 20 percent down payment to buy a house.” Politifact: “There is no such requirement.”

“I never favored cap and trade.” Except on national TV.

“The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.” In his campaign, maybe.


Dear God, please grant us Newt as a Nominee.

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[-] 2 points by Poyani (2) 7 years ago

Hitchens was mostly irrelevant by the time he died. He was fully discreditted after about 8 years of being George W Bush's only loyal ass-kisser! He defended everything Bush did. He defended Bush's wars. He defended Bush's incompetence regardless of the consequences (such as hurricane katerina or economic collapse). And at the end, this sorry apologists, stayed silent as Bush and Obama oversaw the greatest theft in the history of the American nation; the "wallstree bailouts".

Watching Hitchens near the end was extremely sad. He used to be a talented writer at some point. In the end he turned into an intellectual prostitute, saying absolutely anything as long as it paid for his next shot of rum!

Very very sad!

[-] 2 points by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA 7 years ago

Very true. He sold out in the end.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22951) 7 years ago

A true intellectual whether you always agreed with him or not. A great loss.

[-] 1 points by infonomics (393) 7 years ago

Well, surprise, surprise, we may not agree on the Post Office but we do so on Hitchens.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22951) 7 years ago

There are always issues we can come together on. LOL!

[-] -2 points by toonces (-117) 7 years ago

He is dead. He is insignificant at this time. He is forgotten because his life was meaningless.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (22951) 7 years ago

I guess you didn't like him. A lot of people didn't.

[-] -2 points by toonces (-117) 7 years ago

I don't care. He is dead. He is no longer important or pertinent. You do him injustice by acknowledging his existence.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22951) 7 years ago

Why? Because he wasn't religious?

[-] 1 points by toonces (-117) 7 years ago

No, because he said that life had no meaning.

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (22951) 7 years ago

Thanks for explaining.

[-] -1 points by Farleymowat (415) 7 years ago

Perhaps he will be reincarnated as a Christian.

[-] 1 points by SMDragons69 (1) from Calgary, AB 7 years ago

Sorry, beg to differ, if you listen, he was telling you that the meaning of life is what you make of it. You only get one life, no second chances, no scapegoats. We're responsible for our own actions and the consequences and ultimately all actions for good or evil come from us. He wasn't trying to tell you what to think, but how to think for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4WgbtHeSJo

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 7 years ago

I thought he was the one who said I'd finally be happy when I'm dead, and rich, and I'll get 72 virgins. Wasn't it him? If not who should I believe?

[-] 0 points by betuadollar (-313) 7 years ago

What is really disturbing is that someone so adrift was attempting, as a rather distant-and-disconnected-from-the-cultural-mindset-of-America-Englishman, to write American history.

If I was to appoint myself a historian, a spokesman of history, I would choose to be a good one; just saying...

[-] 0 points by MVSN (768) from Stockton, CA 7 years ago

Arrogant egotistical, bitter asshole. Rest in oblivion motherfucker.

[-] 1 points by deanxxx (1) 7 years ago

yeah Hitchens was all the above at times but he was great to listen to, he always had something intelligent to say, thought provoking, contributed to the discussion very well and was as funny as fuk.

When you say rest in oblivion I guess you’re saying, good riddance? Whether you agreed with him or not or whether you liked him or not, you can't put this man and his words in room 101 (oblivion) he's too well loved, yes loved. He's too well respected and enjoyed by many, even his adversaries. He's too important an intellectual and commentator to be assigned to oblivion by petty minded dim whit like you. Maybe you show volunteer to take his place in oblivion. Yeah, I vote that happens, bring back Hitchens and take MVSN instead oh lord.

[-] 1 points by Poyani (2) 7 years ago

You are living in your own world. Hitchens was mostly irrelevant by the time he died. He was fully discreditted after about 8 years of being George W Bush's only loyal ass-kisser! He defended everything Bush did. He defended Bush's wars. He defended Bush's incompetence regardless of the consequences (such as hurricane katerina or economic collapse). And at the end, this sorry apologists, stayed silent as Bush and Obama oversaw the greatest theft in the history of the American nation; the "wallstreet bailouts".

Watching Hitchens near the end was extremely sad. He used to be a talented writer at some point. In the end he turned into an intellectual prostitute, saying absolutely anything as long as it paid for his next shot of rum!

Very very sad!

[-] 0 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 7 years ago

"Oblivion" -- that the title of the latest Republican debate ???

And I wouldn't call Gingrich "bitter." He's proud of what all he's gotten for selling out to Big Business, dolling up Calista in $500,000 of Tiffany diamonds and all.

[-] 0 points by vets74 (344) from New York, NY 7 years ago

Wonder what toonces thinks of Gingrich ???