During Newt Gingrich’s June 8 speech before the Senate and House Republican campaign committees, conspicuously not wearing a United States flag lapel pin, the ex-speaker said, “Let me be clear. I am not a citizen of the world. I think the entire concept is intellectual nonsense and stunningly dangerous. There is no world sovereignty. There is no world system of law. There is in fact no circumstance under which I would like to be a citizen of North Korea, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, or Russia. I am a citizen — I am a citizen of the United States of America, and the rest of this speech is about the United States of America.”
This was not the first time, nor even the second time, the ex-speaker has made the emphatic statement that he is not a citizen of planet Earth; in fact the ex-speaker, was quoted in a June 9 article on CQPolitics.com, by Jonathan Allen saying, “We must strengthen our unique American civilization. … Let me be clear: I am not a citizen of the world.”
Referring to President Obama’s July 2008 Berlin speech, Gingrich similarly sang out on the August 6, 2008, edition of Sean Hannity’s radio program: “I think saying that you are the — a citizen of the world, talking to 200,000 Germans is very dangerous because the average American does not want to elect a president of the world to use up America in order to make the rest of the world feel good.”
So, if declaring oneself to being a citizen of the world is “intellectual nonsense”, than would that mean that former President Ronald Reagan was somehow intellectually nonsensical? Because, the Gipper made just such a statement during remarks in New York City Before the United Nations General Assembly Special Session Devoted to Disarmament on June 17, 1982.
President Reagan began his speech, “I speak today as both a citizen of the United States and of the world. I come with the heartfelt wishes of my people for peace, bearing honest proposals and looking for genuine progress.”
So, how’s about it Mr. Ex-speaker; was the former President intellectually nonsensical?
The obvious answer is of course not, and neither was President Obama during his July 2008 speech in Berlin, Germany, when he said, “I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen – a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.”
The only intellectual nonsense going on here is Newt trying to pass himself off as still being politically relevant, and anyone who looks at him, like Sean Hannity, and thinks he would be the best person to run for the presidency as the GOP nominee in 2012.