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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Real Newt Gingrich: The Newt Gingrich I respected
The Newt Gingrich I respected was the Newt of the 1990s and even earlier last decade up till 2007, before he started seriously considering running for President and made it official in 2011. The Newt I liked was a Reagan Classical Conservative who was even though he was probably more to the right then Ron Reagan on Social Issues. Because he brought in the Christian Right in the early and mid 1990s as the House Minority Whip to House Minority Leader Bob Michael. And then later when he became Speaker of the House in 1995, who was a big fan of Limited Government and Individual Freedom, low taxes and removing bad regulations. And wanted to shrink the Federal Government, cut taxes, balance the Federal Budget, all things that were done while Speaker Gingrich was Speaker of the House. With the help of President Clinton, as well as Congressional Republicans and Democrats. But moving forward except for maybe some overspending by the Bush Administration in this century, he was right there with President Bush and the then Republican Congress's. As they moved in a Neoconservative direction and actually made the Federal Government bigger on their own. After Newt spent twenty years in the House to make the Federal Government smaller. Which tells me why do he spend all of that time trying to accomplish something that took him 16-20 years to accomplish. Something Classical Conservatives had fought for over thirty years to accomplish and actually needed a Democratic President to get done. That took President Bush just four years to bring down, with his unpaid Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and 500B$ unpaid for Medicare Advantage plan and 3T$ in unpaid for Tax Cuts. And the 100s of billions of dollars of borrowed money to deal with Hurricane Katreena. Expanding the Education Department with "No Child Left Behind", the Patriot Act, which restricts liberty with the Fourth Amendment issues. These are all things that Classical Conservatives, liberals and libertarians are against. None of these Political Factions believe in expanding the Federal Government but they all believe in Limited Government. But after Speaker Gingrich left the House, we went on to support things that are anti to what he spent twenty years to accomplish.
When Newt Gingrich announced back in February, 2011 that he was considering running for President and announced it in March. I thought he might be the only Republican Candidate, that could unite a very divided Republican Party. Because he was someone at one point at least, was loved by all three major Political Factions in the Republican Party. Classical Conservatives which at one point he was, Neoconservatives and Theocratic Conservatives. But since becoming a Presidential Candidate, he's gone out of his way to offend all three of those factions, starting first with the Paul Ryan Budget Plan in the House back in April. Which he retracted to a certain point as well as other popular republicans in the party. So now his campaign has become over before it ever started. As well as the probably his Political Career as a whole, which is a shame in the way because he had the skills to be a very thoughtful politician that can get people to think about issues and ideas again and not just personalities.
Click on the link of the blog to see a video from the John Birch Society on Newt Gingrich