Idiot of the day: Gingrich
When will these idiot politicians learn the meanings of words they use? Sure, it's OK for a Republican leader to be allergic to "Socialism", or even to see the image of the dreaded S word in the most pro-corporate piece of legislation that Republicans always dreamed about but were afraid to ask. It is much harder to see why Gingrich would have any trouble with the other S word, "secular". According to Wikipedia, "secularity is the state of being separate from religion." Wikepedia further explains: "Most businesses and corporations, and some governments, are secular organizations. All of the state universities in the United States are secular organizations (especially because of the First amendment of the United States Constitution)".
So it is not exactly clear why Mr. Gingrich was so shocked to learn that Obama's government machine was in fact secular, just like the government machine under all 43 presidents before Obama. I think it's because Gingrich never read the text of the US constitution or maybe because he thinks that "secular" means "socialist".
"The most radical president in American history has now thrown down the gauntlet to the American people: 'I run a machine. I own Washington and there's nothing you can do about it,'" Gingrich said. He urged his fellow Republicans to stop what he called Obama's "secular, socialist machine."