I find it rather obscene that Newt Gingrich would even be considered for any type of public office let alone President of the United States. Recently I was going through my desk and ran across an article I had clipped from the Times-Republican, date unknown.
This was an article by Mark Shields titled "Newt Gingrich Character is Destiny." For effect I quote this article.
"More than 20 years ago, when Gingrich was still a rising star in the House, he and I had a conversation about national security and military service. Like so many tough-talking armchair commandos of his generation, Gingrich had managed to avoid serving in uniform. But he spoke knowingly and confidently about war and warfare. I asked Gingrich if he had ever visited the Vietnam Memorial. No, he had not. I asked him he knew anyone who had lost his life in Vietnam. No, he did not.
Later that week, I talked to Al Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, and asked him if he had been to the Vietnam Memorial. Yes, he had I asked Gore, the Harvard graduate who had volunteered to go, why he had gone. He told me that because, if he had not gone, he knew personally the boys in his Tennessee hometown who would go in his place. I asked him if he knew personally anyone who had died in Vietnam, and Gore gave me half a dozen names from Smith County who had never come home. I checked the names, and Gore had been Right on every one.
"Character is destiny."
Newt Gingrich did nothing illegal in not going to war during the period he was in college 1961 through 1971 becoming married and having children it just happened to exempt him from the draft.
A total of 58,195 names are on the wall, patriots all and in the words of Major Michael Davis O'Donnell, KIA Vietnam 1978.
"And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind."
Some never forget.