Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich: If I Become the Nominee...
Posted on 01/29/2012 7:39:49 PM PST by RedMDer
I pledge to you, in the tradition of our founding document, if you help me next Tuesday, and if with your help I become the nominee, and as nominee we decisively defeat the Left at every level, at President, at House, at Senate, and local governments. That I will give you for as long as I am allowed to serve, my life, my fortune, and my sacred honor. Together, we are going to give our grandchildren the country they deserve, not the country that's currently decaying. - Newt Gingrich
(Excerpt) Read more at youtube.com ...
if you help me next Tuesday,
Is there another primary on the 7th? I know there is a caucus on Saturday the 4th of February. There is a primary this Tuesday in Florida.
Great video!!! BTTT!!
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February 7, 2012
Missouri (primary) *See note below on Missouri
There is. I am glad that he is looking long term instead of state to state like he has been.
In the image- Newt’s going full blown Chuck Norris with the brick break karate chop. GO NEWT! ;o)
Find a way to control the adult ADD first. So far, not impressed.
How is that slime Romney beating Newt? I just don’t get it.
Wow - another winner!!!! If only I could believe Newt - if he is really telling the truth, I would vote for him happily in the primary. I feel like the girl who has been jilted so many times — it is so hard to trust any more.
Thanks! Go Newt!
He has never jilted the people.
If yo have the time, please watch the video provided in RedMDer’s post above. It’s well worth it.
Me either. I doubt that he is.
Have you ever read Sen.Tom Coburn’s “Breach of Trust”
I’ve heard his crap. I’ve also seen his garbage discredited by Reaganites.
I don’t think it’s garbage at all. But for the sake of argument, the only way I can support Newt is to say that was then & this is now... everyone deserves a second chance if they are truly repentant of their past behavior.
Look, Gingrich wasn’t liked. He cracked the whip and made Republicans do what they should. They were not used to being responsible. They had been well-fed underdogs for 40 years. Then along comes Newt. They had to actually have spines. And go against the flow. That was NOT popular.
You only got one side of the story. Remember that there’s always two sides. And then there’s the truth.
Indeed. God Bless Newt and God Bless our Republic.
He is channeling the Founding Fathers—he means it. His words bring tears to my old eyes but—can he deliver on his vow? I believe we need to give him the chance.
For later viewing.
The Republicans took Congress in 1994 under the “Contract for America” brilliantly developed by Gingrich - Big changes were expected, some of which happened, most importantly keeping Clinton in check. All good, and I applaud Gingrich for his leadership in doing all of that. What Coburn writes about is how Gingrich did an about face and start collaborating with the Dems when it wasn’t necessary. He could have withstood the ethics charges if he had stayed true to his initial quest, which he did not. He has never answered the question, Why did you stop and bail? Is it because he was being blackmailed for his affair with Calista while the impeachment was getting underway? Can’t figure why you trust him so much. He doesn’t deserve it.
I read the Ethics case story - I get it- Gingrich was railroaded out of Congress on bogus ethics charges for which he was later exonerated. That is not what Coburn is talking about in “Breach of Trust”:
“Before the government shutdown we thought Newt Gingrich was invincible. After the shutdown, however, he was like a whipped dog, who still barked, yet cowered, in Clinton’s presence. Our policies after the shutdown were inconsistent, and Gingrich’s leadership seemed erratic. He would often surprise and shock us with his midstream course corrections, as he did with his attempt to increase committee funding. His inability to discipline himself in his public comments was also a serious liability” (pp. 80-81).
Coburn took part in an unsuccessful 1997 effort to remove Gingrich from the speakership. He regretted the failure. “For example, the next year Gingrich would secure $450 million for the construction of seven C-130J transport planes in his district, though the Pentagon ordered only one. As he secured one of the largest pork projects in history, Republicans lost seats. This was the type of thing we were raging against...” (p. 89)
After that seat loss, Gingrich left Congress. “The day Newt Gingrich resigned, he hosted a conference call in which he bitterly blasted the `cannibals’ in the Republican party for his demise. The call was somber and very sad. The vast majority of Republicans by this point, not just the conservative `cannibals,’ had come to see Gingrich as a tragic figure who, through his own missteps and errors in judgement, had become more of a liability than an asset, in spite of his enormous gifts” (p. 138).
I am not interested in Coburn’s crap. Ok? Thanks.
The Republicans took Congress in 1994 under the Contract for America brilliantly developed by Gingrich - Big changes were expected, some of which happened, most importantly keeping Clinton in check. All good, and I applaud Gingrich for his leadership in doing all of that. What Coburn writes about is how Gingrich did an about face and start collaborating with the Dems when it wasnt necessary.Just so. By 1997-98, Gingrich was busy lecturing those in the House who weren't exactly ready to go along with him on Droopy-Drawers Clinton's spending hikes (after all, what the hell fun is it to have a budget surplus the Republicans painted him into abetting and even let him take the credit for getting if you can't go wheeeeeeeeeeeee! at every three-card monte stand on the pipe)---indeed, Gingrich was even pushing for a little bit more than even Droopy-Drawers was asking!---that they just didn't get the Big Picture . . . and lo! come the 1998 Congressional elections, those Congressmen who didn't fall into line under Gingrich's bark actually kept their seats. (They merely told the home folks they were voting no way, no how, no chance, and why, reminding the home folks they weren't elected in the first place to join Clinton's Drunken Sailor Club . . . and the home folks responded accordingly.) It's entirely possible that the uprising that forced Gingrich off the Speaker's perch had as much to do with that budget issue as with anything else that numbered his days with the gavel in his mitt.
Indeed, there is less reason since for thinking people to buy entirely into the image that Newt Gingrich can, will, or even has stood properly athwart big government or properly astride constitutional government:
The last decades of the 20th century were a transformative period for American society, driven in large part by technological change. As the information age reached its height, traditional institutions of society often found themselves breaking down or struggling to keep up with the pace of change. Government was affected as much, if not more, than the rest of society.Given the spectre of Romney and the nightmare of Obama, one understands to a point why those tying their dinghies to Gingrich's ship aren't always inclined to trust but verify. This is not to say that even Mr. Gingrich wouldn't be a vast improvement over His Excellency Al Hashish Field Marshmallow Dr. Barack Obama Dada, COD, RIP, LSMFT, Would-Be Life President of the Republic Formerly Known as the United States, and Chairman of the Organisation of Halfrican Unity---but it is to say it might be wise to keep a very wary eye upon Mr. Gingrich . . . and, should he end up winning, any Republican majority on Capitol Hill, assuming there will be one again.
This line of thinking was encapsulated by Alvin and Heidi Toffler in their best-selling book The Third Wave. According to the Tofflers, the first wave was the agricultural revolution, which led to feudal-style social systems. The second wave was the industrial revolution, which produced "mass society" in its socialist and capitalist versions. The third wave is the postindustrial society, built around information and technology. The Tofflers warned that the new age required new institutions of governance.
No one embraced this idea with more enthusiasm than House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican takeover of the House in 1994. Gingrich referred to The Third Wave as "the seminal work of our time." He made the book mandatory reading for newly elected Republicans. This book says the U.S. Constitution "is increasingly obsolete, and hence increasingly, if inadvertently, oppressive and dangerous to our welfare." Therefore, it should "die and be replaced" (Emphasis mine.---BD.)
Gingrich is almost universally associated with opposition to big government. But that was not actually the case. Gingrich rhetorically criticised big government. And it served his enemies and the Clinton administration to portray Gingirch as slashing government programs. The Gingrich-inspired "Contract with America" was generally seen as a call for smaller government, although it did not actually call for cutting a single government program. (The closest it came was a call for zero-baseline budgeting.) (Emphasis mine.--BD.)
Actually, Gingrich opposed bureaucratic government---inefficient government---not big government per se. As Gingrich said in 1994, "government plays a huge role" in society and "anybody who believes in the American Constitution ought to believe in a fairly strong government." He went on to say that he has "no particular beef with big government." Or, as he said more recently, if the bureaucracies can be reformed and made more efficient, "the country could get excited about the opportunity to make government work."
That is not to say Gingrich and his followers would not like to see a smaller government. Many changes they support would indeed reduce government bureaucracies. But in the end, Gingrichism means "recognising that even a relatively small federal or state government will be much bigger than anything the founding fathers could have dreamed of." (Emphasis mine.--BD.)
. . . [His] belief in technology has led Gingrich and his disciples along three basic paths. First, they believed that government institutions needed to be reformed to make them more efficient. Most were built under an outdated "second wave" ethos. They would have to be updated for the new "third wave" technological age. Gingrich-style conservatism was about bureaucratic reform and technological innovation, not about shrinking government or individual liberty.
. . . Make government institutions efficient and all else will fall into place. "As a country we can give people better lives through better solutions by bringing government into conformity with the enterpreneurial systems they are experiencing in the private sector." The issue is not how big government is or how much it spends; it is whether we have "the systems architecture that would spend it intelligently." Traditional conservatives want the government simply to do less. But Gingrich and his fellow technophiles believe that the right systems architecture will enable the government to provide "greater goods and services at lower and lower costs."
This attitude gave Gingrich conservatism its appearance of optimism. Rather than being against big government, Gingrich could be for reform. "We need to move from a 'no, because' to a 'yes, if' approach to government policy." Former representative Vin Weber, one of Gingrich's followers, has also sounded the call for reforming government, rather than cutting it:Conservatives have to do better than simply bash government. We have to lead the way toward reform of government. We need to look at the whole of government and think about how to empower the consumers of government benefits, rather than the bureaucracy. Conservatives who simply look to abolish agencies are going to be disappointed, but conservative reformers still have an open field.
Thus one could say of Gingrich's conservatism, "while this view did indeed see the federal government as the source of the many of the nation's troubles, it did not hold that the problem was federal power as such. Change those wielding federal power, and the power could be harnessed to the ends of conservative reform."
. . . Gingrich once called for abolishing the Department of Education, but he has since become an enthusiastic supporter of federal government involvement in education. He endorsed President Clinton's plan for the federal government to finance 100,000 new teachers and called for the government to provide Internet access to all Americans and computers to every four-year-old. He has proposed paying students for taking difficult math and science courses.
Energy policy is another area where Gingrich and the technophiles support massive government intervention . . . He would support a host of public-private partnerships, investments in alternative fuels, and conservation measures. Almost anything goes, as long as it involves new technology.
While Gingrichites correctly understood the failures of traditional welfare programs, they sought to reform not end them. "The old phrase 'conservative opportunity society' always envisioned a reformed welfare state," Weber notes. A Gingrich welfare state included government-funded orphanages and "parental training" centers for single mothers. He supported the Medicare prescription drug benefit and has joined with Hillary Clinton to call for the government to develop a national health care database.
In some ways, Gingrich-style technophilia may seem to be a much smaller movement than (others within the conservative movement). It is, with a few exceptions, largely based around one man. Yet, Gingrich has had and continues to have enormous influence over the intellectual development of both the Republican Party and the conservative movement. Given the disillusionment among Republicans with the current level of congressional leadership, nostalgia is increasing for the Gingrich era.
. . . But far from leading conservatism back to the philosophy of Reagan and Goldwater, Gingrich's ideas for a technocratic, efficient, and bigger federal government have helped drive it toward the big-government conservatism that dominates today.
. . . Gingrich has been riding a wave of nostalgia for the Republican Revolution of 1994. The recent Republican Congress was so incompetent and so inclined toward big government that 1994 looks like the golden age. But Gingrich was not and is not a small-government conservative . . . Indeed, listening to Gingrich, one gets the distinct impression that he doesn't care how big government grows---as long as it uses computers.
---Michael D. Tanner, from "From Oxymoron to Governing Philosophy: The Roots of Big Government Conservatism," in Leviathan on the Right: How Big Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution. (Washington: Cato Institute, 2007; 323 pages, $22.95)
Excellent history of that time period. I lived in the People’s Republic of Gainesville then - the local rag was owned by the NY Times - we only had NPR and the Networks. I worked so didn’t listen to the radio - nothing on the internet that I knew about- total uninformed loser,I was. Thank God for the Internet now.
So, who is the lesser evil of the choices before us?
So, who is the lesser evil of the choices before us?Whomever it is who will be the most amenable to a Republican House, at least (I'm presuming the GOP will hold onto the House), when it prods him to remember that a conservative does not believe it's high time the government cut his neighbour's benefits; and, that the president of the United States is not by constitutional definition the Commander-in-Chief of anyone other than the armed forces, not Der Boss President, not Il Padrone, and that just because he says "jump!" it is not Congress's no-questions-asked job to ask nothing more than "Off which skyscraper?"
And right now, it's a hard call as to just which one would answer to the foregoing.