Whatever Newt Gingrich writes, it serves an
agenda. In Days of Infamy, presented as a novel based on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, he changes facts. Historical novels often do that, but usually the history is ancient. Maybe World War 2 seems like ancient history to him. but there are still some of us around who were alive when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Gingrich has Americans sink a Japanese battleship soon after (never happened) and gives the honor of being the first suicide bomber--Kamikazi—to an American pilot by having him fly his crippled plane into it. Lying about American heroism implies that there wasn’t enough real American heroism for him to write about.
In Rediscovering God in America, he's out to convince one and all that the Founding Fathers intended religion to be manifest in the public arena. His “proof” is the many statements about God inscribed in stone and written into historical documents. Perhaps his religious constituents will take this as proof that he himslf is devout, and thus honest enough to be their president.
A Contract with the Earth, purports to be an argument for protecting our air, forests, rivers, and oceans, but the real case is for not hindering entrepreneurs, and we know how caring and considerate they are about preventing oil spills, preserving forests near strip mines, and being sure no poisonous chemicals leech into the water wells of farmers whose land is being frakked for natural gas.
Gingrich has learned from the advertising industry in the use of language to present something as its opposite. I remember tobacco ads with diagrams of the throat extolling the “medical benefits” of smoking. The “Clear Skies” Initiative of 2003 was a lovely name for a program that let polluters buy and sell the rights to emit poisons.
In the recent Republican debates, one of his colleagues asked if a man who cheated on his wife could be trusted not to cheat on a business partner or voters. But a look at his books makes it clear that nothing he states is what it appears to be. Another word for that is “lying,” which fits neatly into the big lie that it wasn't Republican policies under G. W. Bush & Company that plunged the country into an enduring recession. Perhaps Gingrich hopes that surrounding a big lie with many little ones will neutralize the stench of all. That’s a lie he may be telling himself.