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Why I Won’t Vote for Newt Gingrich | Catholic Life

Why I Won’t Vote for Newt Gingrich

I am Catholic. That fact influences the way that I vote.

I don’t know anything about Newt Gingrich’s current political stances or plans and I do realize that they may bear little relation to what he has done in the past. But I do know that I can’t vote for Newt Gingrich.

You see, Newt Gingrich became Catholic. I believe that he has a real, valid, sacramental marriage. I also believe that it is a sin to contribute to someone else jumping into inevitable the near occasion of sin.

GINGRICH: There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them.

I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God.

Somebody once said that when we’re young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There’s something to that, I think. I feel that I’m now 67 I’m a grandfather. I have two wonderful grandchildren. I have two wonderful daughters and two great sons in law.

Callista and I have a great marriage. I think that I’ve learned an immense amount. And I do feel, in that sense, that God has given me, has blessed me with an opportunity as a person. Forget about all this political stuff. As a person, I’ve had the opportunity to have a wonderful life, to find myself now, truly enjoying the depths of my life in ways that I never dreamed it was possible to have a life that was that nice.

And so it doesn’t matter to me what Newt’s current political views are, or what he has said or done in the past politically. What matters is that, in his own view, political power makes him especially vulnerable to marital infidelity. And, also in his own view, he currently has a marriage that is worth far more than any political stuff.

Because I seek to take Newt Gingrich at his own words, I will not vote for him. It does not matter if he would be the best president ever. It is simply not okay for a Catholic who values marriage to contribute to the downfall of another’s marriage.

23 Responses to “Why I Won’t Vote for Newt Gingrich”

  1. Michelle 12. May, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I doubt he actually runs for anything ever again. But that’s just my gut feeling.

    • Rae 16. May, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

      I wish that were the case! (though there are some who suggest that he isn’t *really* running but is just trying to advance his cause by pretending to run, so there is that)

  2. Katie 12. May, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    This was enlightening to read, Rae! It reminds me of how we need to act as the body of Christ. WIth that stated, I would suggest that it is possible to break sin patterns in your life by creating accountability. In being so open, it sounds like Newt Gingrich has presented that construct.

    (Purely out of curiosity, I’d like to know your take on voting for Trump. :-))

    • Rae 16. May, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

      I’m glad that Trump isn’t running, but I don’t actually know much about him and wasn’t inclined to take it seriously! :-) Your thoughts?

  3. CAROL 10. Nov, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    DIDN’T YOU READ WHAT HE SAID. THE WAY YOU SOUND IS INCREDIBLY UNFORGIVING AND STUCK IN THE PAST. ARE YOU PERFECT? NEWT IS SO INTELLIGENT AND FAIR MINDED. HE ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS COUNTRY AND KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO DON’T. AFTER LISTENING TO HIM, I REALIZE HE IS THE PERSON EVERYONE IS EMULATING WITH THEIR ANSWERS. IN THE DEBATES HE WILL SAY AND ANSWER THEN THE OTHERS WILL REPEAT OR AGREE WITH WHAT HE JUST SAID. WE ARE VOTING FOR NEWT BECAUSE THIS COUNTRY NEEDS A LEADER.

    • Rae 10. Nov, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

      1. Are you Catholic?
      2. Do you know that people like me read ALL CAPS as shouting?

      • CAROL 10. Nov, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

        I knew someone would say that. I think you are a very judging person and I don’t even know you. I am observing your messages and I think your opinions are not very intelligent. You even said you don’t know anything about Newt, so how can you judge.

        • Chris K. 10. Nov, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

          I am Catholic, actually born into Catholicism. More importantly I am a Christian. Unfortunately there are many Catholics that are not actually Born Again Christians. Not to debate that. Sometimes, like people do, they judge. Understand no one was with out sin except for Jesus. That’s why he died on the cross.
          The point is, the Liberal side doesn’t care at all about morals, nor do they seem to even care about credentials. What about Bill Clinton, he was the acting president and was committing adultery!
          The only way we can turn this country around is to have someone that can debate this idiot president. That, my dear ladies is Newt!

        • Abdelmajid 31. Jul, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

          5f4Ron is totally right. The sytsem is much fairer in caucus states. Basically the winner gets all the delegates and all the say in states like Florida so basically the million votes that were cast for the other candidates was for nothing!

    • Faith 22. Jan, 2012 at 6:16 am #

      Newt left his first wife while she was recovering from uterine cancer! And left his second wife after her MS diagnosis.

      He is only religious when it benefits him.

  4. Mike 26. Nov, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    Yes, how can one be a good catholic and judge others as if they commit no sin. As catholics we have been saved and are continuing to be saved as we live out our lives. Which means we will always be in need of the blessed sacrement of repentence/reconciliation. We will all make mistakes and stray from the rightous path. Do I agree with Newts past behavior, no. Will I vote for him, I don’t know yet. Will I not vote for him because he has made mistakes in the past, I will try not to let that influence my decisions. It is against human nature to do so. At least Newt seems to actually care about his mistakes and reconciling over them.

    • Chris K. 29. Nov, 2011 at 8:51 am #

      Hear! Hear! Mike! What a beautiful intelligent comment! Thank You!

  5. Marilyn 29. Nov, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    If Newt can lie to his wives, the first 2, do you really think that he is going to offer people that are basically faceless to him the truth?
    I was married to an adulterer. When I found out what he was doing I gave him 6 months to get some help, because he said that he was so sorry for what he did.
    When I told my 15 yr. old son that his dad would be moving out to get some help, my son asked me, “Did dad commit adultery?” I told him yes. The first thing my son said was, “Does that mean Dad won’t be in heaven with us one day?” My son’s concern was for his father’s eternal life, not when will he be back or will we be a family again.
    Tragically my son died suddenly a year later from a heart problem… so good character and good Christian values do matter in all aspects of life. I don’t believe that Newt Gingerich puts these values first, so I won’t vote for a man with visibly poor values.

    • Serpil 31. Jul, 2014 at 6:52 am #

      China wont be able to aid pakistan as much as US have done after all a corutny with 1,4 billions needs to take care of its own intrests rather than feeding 160 million elsewhere, but of course not a single penny will reach the people the pakistani Army elite will swallow everything.

  6. Tegan 11. Dec, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Proverbs 23:16 Good on you Mike. Thank you!

  7. Peter 08. Jan, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    If the writer will not vote for Gingrich, will she vote for obama?

  8. clare 10. Jan, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I converted to the Catholic Church 13 years ago. I had committed sins before and after the baptism. In that instant I cannot judge him for his sexual indiscretions yet I can still get a gut feeling about people.
    I have seen Newt leaning to the side of greed, and judgement for the downtrodden, homeless, disabled, aged and hungry. He is in favor of eliminating food stamps that are a necessity to many without jobs. He’d rather see poor people suffer without necessary medication for incurable illness and disabilities. He advocates denying the poor to shelter and the very basics in life. He simply wants to take away any government assistance to people.
    I am one of those who depends on the programs he wants to dismiss. He has only stated what he wants to dismiss rather than what feasible plans to instate as options. I ask Catholics to use their hearts when they make the decision on election day of 2012.

  9. ustupidamericans 16. Jan, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    just stupid.. u have to vote the best choice..that can win…already to late..! the money man will win the nod.. and obama will be reelected.. just because people like this are to stupid to vote

    • Martinlady 21. Jan, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      you spelled “to” wrong, it should be “too”

  10. followup 16. Jan, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    I guess my words were a lil harsh.. sorry.. But let me ask ..? if not newt then who..? you shoot newt down but offer no other choice..! he is the only real choice.. but has been politically assassinated..from this kind of thinking.. let me guess you wanted santorum.. why not run mickey mouse.. they have about the same chance….but lets try to put a full-fledged Mormon.. whos brother went to mexico to escape prosecution for Polygamy.. FACT.. so please educate-yourself before shooting down the best choice.. but like i said its to late.. the estab.. has choose romney the money man.. and he will lose to obama.. simply because people are stupid and not informed
    check your facts before publishing somthing such as this.. your choice for not voting for newt is stupid.. ..so lets let obama have another 4 years is what you r saying…lol

  11. Chris K. 19. Jan, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I would also like to follow up. The exaggerated thoughts that Newt hates poor people or is going to take food stamps away is preposterous! It sounds like someone is getting their facts from MSNBC or Harry Reed! Newt wants to get unemployed people industrious again. As far as the disabled, I’ve heard nothing negative form him at all. Also, he is not against food stamps or the people needing them. His point is against this administration for having to have so many people on them! As far as his marriage problems, lots of people have had issues and there is always two sides to every story. He has been candid and open and has repented, give him a break! Personally I would rather have Newt with his small issues than someone driving us down the road to socialism, that would be Barack! Mitt or Rick could never stand up in a debate.

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