(Posted on the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day)
Seventy years ago today, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Newt Gingrich’s fictionalized account, Days of Infamy, plays loose with facts, but if you like military thrillers, it’s a good read. I’ve since read another of his books, Rediscovering God in America, (Nashville, Thomas Nelson, 2006), which he calls a “walking tour” of American monuments in Washington D.C.
Condemning what he calls “the secular Left’s relentless attempts to drive God out of the public square,” he describes thirteen monuments, from the National Archives to the Arlington National Cemetary, which all offer public affirmations of God engraved on walls or inscribed in historic papers. The key concept is
public. Dr. Gingrich appears to equate words carved in stone and printed on paper with religion itself.
In this slender volume, he dons a cloak of religiosity hoping perhaps, that public protestations of virtue will obscure certain private yet well publicized failings of his own. It won't work.
“You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside
you are full of greed and evil” spake Jesus (Luke 11:59). Public religiosity as a cover for private depravity is not uncommon. And although Gingrich carries this to unusual heights, it is not foreign either to those vying with him for the Republican presidential nomination.
At the end of Days of Infamy, his book on Pearl Harbor, he has Japanese Admiral Yamamoto reflect upon the U.S., "A strange country, so powerful when aroused, but some within ready to turn upon the best interests of their own country if they saw political gain."
It is the best summation I’ve read of Newt Gingrich, his cohort of presidential hopefuls, and virtually the entire Tea Party-dominated Republican Party