An Open Letter To Newt Gingrich, Who Is Out Of His Goddamned Mind

Newt Gingrich wants to bring the Cold War back.

Dear Newt Gingrich:
No. Not only no, but hell fucking no.

Gingrich: Let’s Create New Version Of House Un-American Activities Committee


First of all, why should anyone listen to you, the guy who lead a moral crusade against adulterous presidential blowjobs while having a torrid, adulterous affair with your current wife — who was not your wife at the time — as to what Congress should or shouldn’t do? How many millions of dollars did you hypocritically waste grilling Bubba Clinton over his and Monica’s White House trysts, again?
You’ll excuse me, therefore, if I think your suggestion to bring back one of the darkest periods in our country’s history is, well, redicustupilamedumbfuckidotic, won’t you?
The House Un-American Activities Committee you’re suggesting we bring back represents the worst of the Cold War hysteria that swept through this country. Yes, you are right that it was started in 1938 to combat Nazis living in the United States and that we “passed several laws in 1938 and 1939 to go after Nazis and we made it illegal to help the Nazis.” But that doesn’t mean we need to bring it back now in order to find and eliminate terrorist sympathizers in this country.
Whatever happened to just letting police and law enforcement agencies do their damn jobs? I mean, I hate to break it to you, Newt, but the Un-American Activities Council was also used to silence artists and was instrumental in forcing Hollywood studios to blacklist certain actors, writers and directors. That’s because it wasn’t just used to combat Nazi sympathizers, not after the war was over. Then they turned their sights on communism, and in doing so became nothing more than a inquisition-style band of tyrannical legislators.
What’s obvious to me, is that you, Mr. Gingrich, never really learned the fundamental lesson of the House Un-American Activities Committee, so I’ll explain it to you now.
What always ends up happening with this governmental moral crusades is that you get overly zealous types seizing their modicum of power and becoming dictatorial sycophants. Senator Joseph McCarthy embodies that kind of nastiness. Even though the HUAC wasn’t under his purview, he held his hearings at the same time the committee was rounding up liberals everywhere and demanding to know if they’d ever been part of the Communist Party.
I know that a liberal whining about past injustices against liberals might not matter to you, Mr. Gingrich, but it should. Because despite what you might think, Americans have the right to believe in and belong to any group they want. So an American Communist has just as many rights as you do. It’s if or when that communist breaks a law that we should be concerned. But I always thought the intent behind our whole experiment here was to see if we could truly coexist with people who simply have different ideas than us. What you are suggesting we do is bring back a governmental body that has the authority to decide which views are “American” and which aren’t.
That sounds dangerously like fascism to me, Newt.


Sure, right now you say the new committee would just focus on those with a high suspicion of terrorist activity, but the problem is that our government already hides massive amounts of information on these terror suspects as it is. I get a queasy feeling about drone strikes because of how much damn secrecy there is. I have no confidence your new HUAC would operate in public like it did last time, and besides all that, it’s just plain and simple governmental overreach.
The way it’s supposed to work here is that if you are suspected of committing a crime, you are arrested, advised of the charges against you, and then you are given a trial to determine your guilt or innocence as it pertains to the law. What you are wanting to do is throw all that out and just start going on fishing expeditions. Apparently due process doesn’t mean shit to you if it means some good ol’ demagoguery is on the menu.
We don’t need people turning in their neighbors for “acting Muslimy” or “behaving all terrorist-like.” That is the kind of paranoia that inquisitions will bring about. It’s one thing to do methodical investigations and determine someone is a terrorist. It’s another to haul everyone with a vaguely Muslim-sounding last name before a congressional hearing to grill them over just how much they might want to bring down western civilization.
We all want to stop terrorism, or more realistically reduce the damage from it. To me, that means doing things like making sure people we think are terrorists can’t get guns. Because yes, while I think rounding up Muslims and interrogating them in the capitol is too much, common sense dictates people who we suspect are terrorists shouldn’t have access to firearms. At least until we can clear them or confirm they’re terrorists, which should be done as quickly as possible so their constitutional rights can be restored if warranted.
There are any number of ways we can combat terrorism here at home. Stoking irrational fear of average Americans by forming a governmental body built on a stereotype of certain religious, ethnic, or cultural groups isn’t just stupid…it’s un-American. Because irony is a thing, and you clearly want to choke on your own, Newt.

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