Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 12:56:58
Keep Dreaming Big
The biggest loss due to the suspension of Newt Gingrich’s (former speaker of the House and my dad) presidential campaign this week is the loss of big ideas being tossed into the public arena by him in front of a national press corps. Known as a visionary and a big thinker, he constantly and consistently was able to broaden the discussion and put in a larger context the answers to the debate questions during the presidential debates.
He is also known for daring to bring BIG ideas into the public discourse. Many in the modern press corps, instead of contemplating and discussing the merits of big ideas (let’s take space for an example), mocked him for dreaming big.
Indeed, Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post wrote that Gingrich’s idea was a “much ridiculed pitch for a space colony.”
It leads to the question: Do big dreams matter? And if so, should our politicians dream big?