Hey, did you know our favorite shithead Newt Gingrich is actually Dr. Newt Gingrich? It’s true, incredibly. He even wrote a Ph.D. dissertation back in the ’70s, one described as having “pedantic, adequate prose”:

The political or ideological orientation of the dissertation, if I may put it this way, is roughly that of a Cold War member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Colonization is seen almost entirely from the perspective of the colonial power, not from that of the indigenous population. The rule of King Leopold II, who literally owned the colony as his private property until, at his death, he willed it to Belgium, is widely understood to have been the most horrifyingly brutal colonial regime in Africa. Gingrich acknowledges this fact once in the dissertation. Speaking of the financial pressures placed by the Congo on King Leopold’s coffers, Gingrich reports that a “state official told a missionary in 1899 that each time a corporal ‘goes out to get rubber he is given cartridges. He must return all those that are not used; and for every one used he must bring back a right hand.'” [p. 15]

The undertone is that he went easy on the Belgians to suck up to his Belgian dissertation adviser. I know, the thought of Newt Gingrich compromising his ethics and sucking up to someone who can help him advance is really farfetched, but maybe you can imagine it if you try. Full review is here.

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  1. Joan says:

    Would love someone to explain the Oath of vengeance against america that mormon prophets like Romney have to take.

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