“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who work. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of…I do this and you give me cash…unless it’s illegal”
These offensive, ignorant words were uttered just yesterday by Newton Leroy Gingrich; the former Speaker of the House and current front runner for the Republican Party’s nomination for the office of President of the United States.
Mr. Gingrich’s comments demonstrate his insensitivity and complete lack of awareness of the plight of roughly one third of the country he seeks to lead. He does a disservice to the millions of single parent mothers and fathers who go to work every day, working two and three jobs at minimum wage so their children can have a better life. Apparently Mr. Gingrich believes that everyone who lives in a poor neighborhood is either a drug runner, gang banger or crack head. He fails to realize that in fact most are hard working people with strong family values, a sense of responsibility and dreams of a better life.
Mr. Gingrich, like many of the people who make their living in Washington, is out of touch with the American people. He views the country from an elitist perch, painting a large swath of the populace with the broad brush of stereotypical ignorance and bias.
Since Mr. Gingrich has chosen to make a broad generalization about the poor perhaps he won’t mind if we make a generalization of our own.
By uttering the words quoted at the top of this piece Mr. Gingrich has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is not qualified to hold the office of President of the United States.