Opinion: 'Food stamp president' - Gingrich's words of hate
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich appears at a campaign event on January 25 in Cocoa, Florida.
January 26th, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Opinion: 'Food stamp president' - Gingrich's words of hate

Editor's note: Walter Mosley is the author of more than 34 books, including the mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins and his latest featuring Leonid McGill. He has won an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. His newest book is "All I Did Was Shoot My Man" (Riverhead Books).

By Walter Mosley, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich is a political opportunist. His job is to pack as much powerfully charged meaning into every sentence as he can, which makes him a working poet.  So he knows full well that calling someone a "food stamp president" brings up the working person's fear, looming reality, and in some cases the actual experience, of unemployment - while making a shout-out to racism and affixing a stigma to poverty. All the while hiding behind the symbol of a flag.

It is the bane of America and Americans that too often, those who best grasp the language of hatred and fear are those who are most likely to lead. This is simply because tacticians like Gingrich are well-versed in the traditional battle-cry and have no fear of the outcome of political civil war. Why should they be afraid ? They will never be down in the streets suffering with the people.

Gingrich says his words were misinterpreted, that anybody who criticizes his characterization of President Obama is attacking the very fiber of American democracy. He sounds like a lawyer explaining away a crime by influencing the point of view of the jury with doubletalk. "It is not that my client isn't guilty but that you cannot prove that he is."

Woe be it to America when our lawyers become our poets.

Read Walter Mosley's full column

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  1. Bert Bigdongle

    Mosley, even with all that bragging in your introduction, you clearly can't handle the truth. Obama is the food stamp president. He wants everyone dependant on government. Just open your eyes and stop being so partisan.

    January 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dot

      With a last name like yours...i can tell you r probably from deep south possibly alabama...and that you are relatively OLD. This country needs YOUNG FRESH republicans w/o values lke u were raised on I pitty your kind,,,,,you remind me of bush, Republican spkr of the house, and Palin (PLAYED OUT W/TEA PARTY) smile.....Seriously I feel sorry for you....DO U GO TO CHURCH.....GET THE HATE OUT OF YOUR HEART....THERE"s only a few of you left..//GET UR SOUL RIGHT!!!!!!!!

      January 29, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ronald

    Can anyone tell me what is wrong with someone getting food stamps if they need it? explain to me like a fifth grader!!

    January 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Most people do not think it is wrong for hungry people to get Food Stamps, but that is not the point. What Gingrich was referring to is that under President Obama more people have become so poor that they qualify for Food Stamps then at any other time in our history. Obama is the Food Stamp President because his policys make people poor...

      January 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • dot

        Happy to have a Meek, Umble, non wife cheater, Intelligent, Nationally respected and honored by most foreign countries and head officials. SOME OF HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Taking Ben LADIN DOWN......R

        January 29, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. solutions777

    FACT: obama is the food stamp president. Anyone who thinks different does not have or is not using his brain.

    Censorship is evil.

    January 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      solutions777, please state the numbers to verify your fact. A lot of what Newt says is rhetoric.

      January 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |