I recently had the displeasure of watching you bash the protestors of the Prop 8 marriage ban to Bill O’Reilly on FOX News. I must say, after years of watching you build your career by stirring up the fears and prejudices of the far right, I feel compelled to use the words of your idol, Ronald Reagan, “There you go, again.”
However, I realize that you may have been a little preoccupied lately with planning your resurrection as the savior of your party, so I thought I would fill you in on a few important developments you might have overlooked.
The truth is that you’re living in a world that no longer exists. I, along with millions of Americans, clearly see the world the way it as — and we embrace what it can be. You, on the other hand, seem incapable of looking for new ideas or moving beyond what worked in the past.
Welcome to the 21st century, big bro. I can understand why you’re so afraid of the energy that has been unleashed after gay and lesbian couples had their rights stripped away from them by a hateful campaign. I can see why you’re sounding the alarm against the activists who use all the latest tech tools to build these rallies from the ground up in cities across the country.
This unstoppable progress has at its core a group we at HRC call Generation Equality. They are the most supportive of full LGBT equality than any American generation ever — and when it comes to the politics of division, well, they don’t roll that way. 18-24 year olds voted overwhelmingly against Prop 8 and overwhelmingly for Barack Obama. And the numbers of young progressive voters will only continue to grow. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning, about 23 million 18-29 year olds voted on Nov. 4, 2008 — the most young voters ever to cast a ballot in a presidential election. That’s an increase of 3 million more voters compared to 2004.
These are the same people who helped elect Barack Obama and sent a decisive message to your party. These young people are the future and their energy will continue to drive our country forward. Even older Americans are turning their backs on the politics of fear and demagoguery that you and your cronies have perfected over the years.
This is a movement of the people that you most fear. It’s a movement of progress — and your words on FOX News only show how truly desperate you are to maintain control of a world that is changing before your very eyes.
Then again, we’ve seen these tactics before. We know how much the right likes to play political and cultural hardball, and then turn around and accuse us of lashing out first. You give a pass to a religious group — one that looks down upon minorities and women — when they use their money and membership roles to roll back the rights of others, and then you label us “fascists” when we fight back. You belittle the relationships of gay and lesbian couples, and yet somehow neglect to explain who anointed you the protector of “traditional” marriage. And, of course, you’ve also mastered taking the foolish actions of a few people and then indicting an entire population based on those mistakes. I fail to see how any of these patterns coincide with the values of “historic Christianity” you claim to champion.
Again, nothing new here. This is just more of the blatant hypocrisy we’re used to hearing.
What really worries me is that you are always willing to use LGBT Americans as political weapons to further your ambitions. That’s really so ’90s, Newt. In this day and age, it’s embarrassing to watch you talk like that. You should be more afraid of the new political climate in America, because, there is no place for you in it.
In other words, stop being a hater, big bro.
Well, there you have it…
41 thoughts on “An Open Letter To Newt Gingrich From His Gay Sister Candace”
Man! It doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks for posting this.
Like Bob Dylan sang years ago: “Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call,
Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled,
There’s a battle outside and it’s raging.
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls,
For the times they are a-changing!” Get with it and realize there are many different kinds of people in the world. What is it to you if they gain their rights? Live your own lives.
THANK YOU, Candace! I am a 48 yr old lesbian who has built many bridges into various factions of so-called intolerant cultures and count many among those, the very best of friends…I have also known a lifetime of exclusion and bigotry for being just who I am…I applaud you for going up against your brother and showing the world that it is NOT ALL RIGHT to margnalize/spew hate about individuals who happen to be different from you
WOW—awesome and thank you dear sister. Yeah, it just gets scarier and scarier every day. There hatred is unbelieveable and so hypritical. And to think, J. Edgar Hoover was a drag queen. I acall him a drag queen because he did not do any acting or singing (who knows though-maybe in the bedroom) so I can not say that he was a female impersonator. Oh hell—I am trying to be politically correct in using the word drag queen in reference to gay people.
Thanks for your awesome work
The hate spewed by Republicans is really getting sickening. I am not a lesbian but I certainly do not think it is my place to dictate how anyone should live. It’s nobody’s business. When people in this world think they have a right to invade the lives of others and then use the bible as their evidence perhaps should read the passage that says, “Judge not least ye be judged.” Hate is not an option. Love thy neighbor is.
Nobody said your voice or vote doesn’t count. Unfortunately your in a very unique situation. No religion that I know of approve of gay or lesbianism. Because your such a small group with such a loud voice you get labeled. While I don’t believe you should be with the same sex, God isn’t 100% perfect either or he wouldn’t have even mentioned sin and repent and forgive. So .. with that being said, its also unfortunate that Newt is this situation, he may be going through some difficult times as well. As a Christian you must love your brother and sisters .. the statements above sure don’t have that tone. Even if you are Gay or Lesbian, are you or aren’t you a Christian? You may consider looking at it from a supported concern about a person with a limited perspective, instead it seems a bit aggressive. God Bless and Good luck .. I can only image that its going to be a long life, being so different.
He’ll never change, Candace. HIS fifteen minutes were up around 1996 and he STILL refuses to accept that.
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Right on Candace. Send this one out to all “public servants” to let them know there are numbers and power in those of us who do not subscribe to the “moral majority”. Just fyi I am middle age, middle income, parent of the proverbial 2.5 children, married to the same man for 26 years and have never voted for/ nor will I vote for those who choose to define a persons worth based on their gender,race, sexual orientation, or economic standing.
Frightened old (mostly wealthy) white males. Thank heavens that time will rid us of them whether they like it or not. All that they’ve stolen still isn’t enough to stave off Death.
Keep writing those letters Candace!
Thx. Newt is a philandering neanderthal. His “bigger picture” includes most of us either dying of a disease, starvation, or in a regrettably unjustifiable war that furthers American interests. No thanks Newt.
this article exposes the source of the people whom support it…..Where I grew up wisdom came from those who have had the experience of living. Homo sexuality or lesbianism is the direct result of the lack of education in the
right and wrong areas of life . whats next for the acceptable area of behavior…maybe pedophilia……oh my I was born wanting to screw young boys and girls instead of women or men…..this is idiocy……its all bad behavior based on the lack of good will and stained character of those whom committ such acts
I am thoroughly wowed. Strong words, well spoken.
The times are really changing. If we put a idiot like this back in the White House we are asking for USA to go down. We have to be more green and accepting of everyone no matter who they are. This is another example of a over bearing male who cheats on his wifes. I suffer from PTSD from being surpressed in the Army and working for defense industry. I left after I whistle blew on porn by men on Gov computers. We really need to get someone in office who is going to get the budget down, tolerence for everyone, and off mideast oil. Europe is already there.
Let’s hope that big brother will take little sister’s words to heart. Gingrich not unlike most reactionaries has more than few skeletons in his own closet. If I remember correctly didn’t Jesus ask the Pharisees (today’s hypocrites) “Which of you is without sin, shall throw the first stone?
If Jesus were around today he would probably be ridiculed, incarcerated and executed for preaching the REAL Christianity! Jesus did not preach hate!
Just go away.
This was very well written, right on target ! I agree that we will again be used as one of the rallying points for the repubs. They figure it worked well in the past, let’s use it again. Times are changing however,because the youth are intollerant of outright oppression, and they have the needed energy to push on with our struggle for full equality until it is won. The country, the world is just beginning to say…”ENOUGH!”
AMAZING! Thank you for posting this.
Candace I could not agree more with what you’ve written. And as a 53-year-old parent of a gay son I could not be more proud of my young man and his friends, who no longer even see people in terms of their sexual orientation. Instead they are propagating a world where respect for others, not discrimination, fear or hatred are the driving forces behind the social dynamic.
Good on ya!
Thank you, Candace. You are one courageous woman! That Goddess–She is so funny! For every Newt, there’s a Candace. 😉
As Ferron said….
And beware you sagging diplomats,
for you will not hear one gun
And though our homes be torn and ransacked
we will not be undone
For as we let ourselves be bought,
we’re gonna let ourselves be free
And if you think we stand alone,
look again and you will see:
We are children in the rafters,
We are babies in the park,
We are lovers at the movies,
We are candles in the dark,
We are changes in the weather,
We are snowflakes in July,
We are women grown together,
We are men who easily cry,
We are words not quickly spoken,
We’re the deeper side of try,
We are dreamers in the making,
We are not afraid of “Why?
I will not be complacent!
A very eloquent rebuttal of all of your brother’s political lies. Thank you .
LOVE the letter and the sentiments it expresses. I’m afraid the picture of Newt with the klan hood and swastika is not helpful. This is no different than the posters of Obama with a Hitler moustache. Tactics like this only turn off people who might find your words inspiring.
What’s the point of the swastika on the picture? It detracts from her message and lowers the level of discourse.
Well. I don’t know you Candace but more power to you. Thanks a million for speaking up!
“…the protector of “traditional” marriage. ”
Yeah, we have all seen how much he values that, eh?
Candace – We are not worthy. You did an amazing job of pouring a full bucket of cold hard reality all over him. Congrats and thank you, from an older straight guy, who supports equal rights for everybody.
Thanksgiving dinner must be rough at your house though, eh? LOL
Let’s also remind The Newt that if we were to apply the laws of traditional Christianity, we would have to stone him to death for adultery.
The only reason the world is changing is because our children have been indoctrinated into immorality by the liberal education system.
Great letter Candace. Too many Republicans are hypocrites. Their main tactic is to make you afraid of and then tell you who’s to blame for it. I believe you get back what you put out. I welcome Newt and Mitt Romney and the like to run for president. They will paint a picture of what they really are. They aren’t for the people, they’re for the religious zealots and the corporations that pay their bills. The truth is coming out.
Here, Here, Ms. Gingrich! I’ve spent years working with gay and lesbian friends in my spiritual community, including the best teachers I’ve ever had or will have. Your brother’s political connivances against the GLBT community are as hateful as they are obvious and shallow-minded. It can’t be easy to publicly acknowledge him as your kin. Thank You for going public in this instance!
I think that when Newt is elected President, you will all find out that he has changed, and that you are wrong about him being such a vile person. He is the only candidate that can fix the problems in this country that we are facing today. Bashing the gay community or complementing it for that matter, will be the farthest thing from the next presidents priorities. Please see the following link, and then ask yourself, who is more qualified to bring everyone together?
Newt hasn’t changed, he’s just running for elected office. He’s a pig and I know of exactly zero people that are voting for him.
Speaker Gingrich will effectively “Newter” Obama, anytime, anyplace. The relentless onslaught of attacks by the state controlled media, the complacent-conservative media (i.e. Krauthammer Stoddard, Etc.) and the Obamabot-Borg commenting on these articles, demonstrates that we finally have the right candidate. They bring up all of Newt’s negatives and act like that’s what concerns them, and therefore they project the notion that the Republican primary voters should be concerned about the same. Newt’s negatives is not what they are concerned about, it is his positives. They have seen this man in action before, and the idea that this man could steal the hearts and minds of Americans and create a sequel to the 1994 Republican Revolution, frightens them to death, because this time it will be a political revolution on steroids. When Newt led Republicans in taking control of the house and senate in 1994, there were members of the concerned media that actually cried on the set, were lost for words, or looked like they needed a laxative. In 1994, Democrat Bill Clinton was President, but a lot of conservative progress was made because the people were behind The Contract with America. Bill Clinton compromised and was able to also take part of the credit, which he should. Then Bush43 gets elected, and slowly but surely Republicans in the house and senate abandon their conservative resolve because they were falling for the lies of the media who said that the people no longer supported a conservative agenda. To top it off, Bush43 was not an effective leader of the Republican party, and did not steer the party back on track. However, the people still wanted the same things they wanted in 1994, and in 2006 fired Republicans in the house and senate for abandoning what they were sent there to do. The people are again hungry for the same kind of conservative change as they were in 1994, and more so, as demonstrated by the Tea Party movement and the 2010 fall elections with Republicans reclaiming control of the house. Speaker Gingrich, and his new 21st Century Contract with America, are resonating with the people just as in 1994. The difference is, this time he is running for President, but he still will have the ability to get new and existing Republican house and senate candidates to sign on to the new contract and once again nationalize the house and senate elections. The end result will be a landslide victory for Republicans in the white-house, house and senate. Now you will have an energized Republican party with a mandate, being led by a strong and charismatic leader in the white-house. Newt will have vested interest in keeping the party in line, because he is the author of the plan and will want to see it succeed. If you haven’t checked out the speakers 21st Century Contract with America, You should, at www(dot)newt(dot)org. There you will find the answer to two questions, why You should be voting for Newt, and why the left and the status-quo right is scared to death of him. If implemented, the contract will reverse decades of damage the left has done to this country. Finally, always question the motives of the media, and do not be led by them! Do not let them choose our nominee! What some of the media are saying about Newt’s chances for the nomination and the presidency, is only true if we believe them and let them steer us. Despite Newt’s flaws, he is by far the most qualified person to lead this country, and The 21st Century Contract with America is the most common-sense well-thought-out plan of all the candidates.
You’re the douchebag you’ve been for years. Glib, manipulative, insincere, disgraced, philandering. A vote for you is a sell out to this country’s integrity and soul.
Read Ayn Rand. Who is John Galt? Newt. Push the productive too far and they will throw up their hands and create jobs on foreign soil where people who can CREATE wealth are admired and to be emulated. And wealth IS created. There is no pot of money to share with the poor. The vast majority of ALL Taxes are paid by people who make $250,000 or more, the very people Obama wants to demonize. You CANNOT beat the 80/20 rule. 20% of the people pay 80% of taxes (approx). 20% own 80% of the wealth. the bottom 50% pay NO TAXES.
The whiners (so-called 99%) are not cheated or in any other way oppressed by the rich. The poor are free to create all the wealth they want. They just have to work, save their money, and INVEST like the rest of us. I cleaned up a church for free lodgings, worked three jobs, (one of which was in a war factory) invested $ 5,000 (all my savings from three jobs) when I was 18. I retired with almost a million dollars, having saved and invested $
$1,000 a year every year since then as well. I didn’t have to even think! I had to raise SEVEN kids along the way. (of course, we didn’t have TV back then) I didn’t need the old-age pension or the CPP I paid into all my working life, but I took them. There is the formula. Go thou and do likewise.
Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, the head of the biggest equity company (Rubenstein?) and HUNDREDS of other 1% are giving up most of their wealth to accomplish good things.
I think of Spike’s movie where the old black men are sitting on their lawn chairs in front of the barber shop watching a Korean family put out the morning veg for their tiny grocery store and one of the old men said, “why didn’t I have a little store like that?”
Unfortunately, Newt Gingrich has a long and disgraceful history of appealing to hate and fear to advance his own career. See the following two articles.
NO SENSE OF DECENCY http://tinyurl.com/pnoantw and
BY THEIR WORDS YE SHALL KNOW THEM: PART ONE (OF TWO) http://tinyurl.com/p5usub3
He will never change, and nobody should expect him to. But the rest of us can see this hypocritical demagogue for what he is and shun him accordingly.
It’s useful to remember that when Newt “Mr. Family Values” Gingrich was Speaker of the House and constantly bashing President Bill Clinton as a philanderer, he–Mr. Family Values–was playing his own adulterous bump-and-grind games with the woman who is now the latest Mrs. Gingrich.
And before that, he proposed to the SECOND Mrs. Gingrich while he was STILL MARRIED to the FIRST Mrs. Gingrich.
There are no depths to which this notorious hypicrite will not sink.