We finally have a GOP candidate who is a tried and true techie. His science works. He knows his stuff. What does the left do – they laugh. These are the same people who go around hugging trees, faking climate science, and declare the world is coming to and end over global warming. What does most of the right do? They either ignore it, or they laugh. There are a few exceptions, like Roger Simon.
The Frum Forum, which is rapidly losing my respect for their constant anti-Gingrich stand, did a take down of Newt because of his love for Science Fiction. I’m still trying to figure out what is wrong with admitting to have read science fiction instead of Ayn Rand? There is far more reality and humanity in sci fi than Rand. The great visionaries, Clark, Bradbury, Asimov, Roddenberry have influenced far more people in a far more positive way than Rand will ever do. Then again, Asimov could sometimes be wrong. Back in 1978 I submitted a short story to him about reviving a long dead person through recovering almost fossilized DNA. My favorite rejection slip, and it came personally from Asimov, is that no serious writer or publisher would even even consider publishing a short story or book about using fossilized DNA. It just proves that even Asimov did not grasp the implication of the future.
To criticize Newt Gingrich for being a well-read visionary is just plan – ignorant. I worked as a lobbyist dealing with space issues for years. I was at numerous meetings when Newt was present. I knew many of the same visionaries. I find this entire line of attack against him – because of his interest in the future, to be personally insulting.
I would put my money on the future via visionaries led by science fiction than I would a corporate raider who can only see a bottom line that does not include space exploration. You don’t create new technology without being a visionary. I take it, using the reasoning of this article, the Wright Brothers were out of their minds, and should never have bothered. Alexander Graham Bell should never have tried phoning home. Thomas Edison should never have tried making a light-bulb, and Robbert Goddard was just plain old out of his mind.
This country became great by having leaders who were visionaries and not afraid to consider digging a canal across a massive land mass. A visionary helped send Neil Armstrong to the moon.
“...Some of his futuristic predictions were — and still are — far out. On Saturday, Mitt Romney pointed to one of Gingrich’s Jetsonian ideas to underscore their differences: “We can start with his idea to have a lunar colony that would mine minerals from the moon.”
Gingrich earned the Star Wars-era nickname in the 1980s and ’90s — back when his high-tech, futuristic proselytizing landed his face, bathed in electric lime, on the cover of Wired. He was often compared to Al Gore as an Internet evangelist; he enlisted Alvin Toffler, author of “Future Shock,” as his tech adviser; and he held conferences through a think tank with the likes of John Perry Barlow and Esther Dyson.
Gingrich is still seen by some as a visionary on tech issues. Those geek credentials may help in his assault on Romney, who so far has cornered the market on key Republican names in Silicon Valley — such as Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy.
“Newt is brilliant,” said Tim Draper, a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley who helped to raise money this week for Romney. “He has a deep understanding of many technologies, but more importantly, he studied Silicon Valley and I believe he has a good understanding of why it works.”
Gingrich defended his lunar notions Saturday. “I grew up in a generation when the space program was real, when it was important.”
Twenty years ago, Gingrich’s appreciation of technology was more novel among Republicans, showing that there was a conservative libertarian interest in preserving the burgeoning Internet from efforts to regulate it. The 1995 Wired magazine cover interview was headlined “Friend and Foe.” At the time, Gingrich talked up the transformative power of the Internet and a world where schools and hospitals would be wired.
Media in his home state dubbed him “Newt Skywalker.”…”
Even more interesting is what would happen in a major solar storm.