Sunday, April 01, 2007
Newt Gingrich - Advocate of Alienation?
On Saturday March 31st former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich left little question about his perception of immigrants and non-English-speaking residents in the urban areas of the United States. In a speech before the National Federation of Republican Women Gingrich blasted bilingual education for non-English-speaking students and labeled languages other than English as, "the language of living in a Ghetto."
Read the full excerpt of his speech at CNN.com
The tone of his speech seemed to echo the comments of GOP pundit and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan who famously once rallied the conservative crowd (and alienated and frightened millions of voters) on the opening night of the 1992 Republican National Convention by insisting that America needed "take back our cities" in a controversial speech that widened the cultural gap in America and stripped his rival incumbent George HW Bush of moderate supporters who eventually voted for Bill Clinton.
The National Federation of Republican Women is comprised of some 100,000 members in chapters around the country. What kind of support do they contribute to the GOP?