There’s Gingrich having these wild ideas!
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The fact is rejection is an inadequate, long term strategy if you are serious about saving America, because rejection doesn’t fix a center left coalition, which has been in power since 1932. And that requires us to adopt, I believe, a fundamentally new strategy: a strategy of replacement. We have to look at every level of American society, and every level of American government, and we have to decide that we are going to replace the Left, with policies, systems, and institutions that reflect the heart of the American tradition.
Gingrich explains the long term goal and vision:
And where we have to go is a goal to create a majority that’s governed so decisively, with such positive results, that in January, 2021, we are inaugurating a team which understands why it is continuing a center-right majority, understands why it is continuing a prosperous America, understands why it’s continuing a safe America, and understands why it is continuing the most free society in history. And only if you think out to that achievement, can you understand the challenge of the next two years, because this is an enormously complex country. [Emphasis added.]
Notice the emphasis on the word continuing, which I am explaining as a President Palin or Jindal being inaugurated after eight enormously successful years of a President Gingrich, similar to the eight enormously successful years of President Reagan. That is the magnitude of the long-term roadmap to victory for the conservative movement that Gingrich spells out in this speech.
Consider the accomplished practical record and standing that Gingrich has in setting this long term goal for the conservative movement:
Now some people will tell you, there’s Gingrich having these wild ideas. I think it is fair to say, if you look at my career, from helping create the Georgia Republican Party, which now occupies every statewide elected position, and controls both houses of the State Legislature, and the majority of state Congressional seats, to creating the first [Republican Congressional] majority in forty years, and the first re-elected [Republican Congressional] majority since 1928, to four balanced budgets in a row, paying off $405 billion dollars of national debt, on occasion, I can actually be practical.”
Gingrich analogized the magnitude of this long-term goal to Reagan’s long term battle with Soviet Communism. After encountering Stalinist revolutionaries in Hollywood, Reagan in 1947 decided on a long-term goal of defeating communism, “and he set out on what would be a 44 year venture.” Gingrich reminds us, “In 1979-1980, every member of the elite understood the Soviet Union was permanent, it was unchallengeable, we had to find entente, which was a fancy French word for understanding, we had to deal with the Soviets with great respect. Reagan’s asked by a reporter, ‘What’s your vision of the Cold War?’ And he says four words that change history, ‘We win, they lose.’”
Similarly, in regard to today’s battle with the Left in America, Gingrich explains his vision again as “we win, they lose.” To accomplish this, Gingrich goes on to explain 5 goals for the thorough replacement of the Left’s Ruling Class in governing America.
The first goal is to reassert and reestablish American Exceptionalism. Gingrich notes President Obama’s confused and uninformed response last year to the question, “What do you think of American exceptionalism?” Obama responded that he thinks America is exceptional just as he supposed that the British think Britain is exceptional and Greeks think Greece is exceptional. In other words, America is just another country, just like Greece.
Which just exposes a deficiency in Obama’s Ivy League education. For as Gingrich explains, Obama’s response was “nonsense! American exceptionalism is a specific reference to a fact, like two plus two equals four. Not a theory, but a fact.” The concept of American exceptionalism is not that America is the richest, or most powerful, or even empirically the freest country in the world, though this last gets close. The concept goes back to the Founders and the Declaration of Independence, which established for the first time in the world that in America it is not the government but the people who are sovereign. Power flows from the people, who grant their consent of the governed to certain limited powers of the government, not from the government to the people granting them certain limited spheres of liberty.
That is why the Declaration says that we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. As Gingrich explains, America is “the only country in history that says, ‘Power comes from God, to each one of you, personally.’ You are personally sovereign. You loan power to the state. The state does not loan power to you, it’s the opposite of Obama-ism.” So true. That is why when Obama quotes this passage from the Declaration, he leaves out “endowed by our creator.” That is not an educational oversight. That is a direct threat to the foundations of your liberty. For when you are endowed by your creator with certain inalienable rights, “that means no judge, no lawyer, no bureaucrat, no politician can alienate you from your power,” as Gingrich says. Obama’s failure to understand American exceptionalism and the foundations of American liberty illustrates how “Obama-ism is a fundamental, radical break from all of American history, and represents some weird combination of academic theory and European secular socialism,” in Gingrich’s words.
“The second goal,” Gingrich continues, “has to be to commit ourselves to benchmarking China and India, and undertaking the reforms necessary to be the most productive, most creative, and most prosperous country in the world, because that is the base to have a national security system that enables us to be the safest and freest country.” To achieve that, “all you have to do is reform 7 areas: litigation, regulation, taxation, education, health, energy, and infrastructure.” For full details, see his spring, 2010 book, To Save America.
“The third goal has to be to recognize that government has been the fourth bubble after information technology in 1999, housing in 2007, and Wall Street in 2008. The government has to become dramatically smaller, dramatically less expensive, much more decentralized out of Washington….” Again, full details are in To Save America.
The fourth goal is “we have to have the courage to tell the truth about radical Islamists, and we have to have the courage to act on that truth.” Gingrich explains, “We are in a war which is fully as dangerous as the Cold War. If our enemies get nuclear weapons, we will lose cities. If our enemies learn how to be more sophisticated, we will suffer horrendous casualties…. We are living in a fool’s paradise with an elite that is hiding, I mean, it makes ostriches look like wise owls. They live in a fantasy world.” Gingrich speaks on this issue with a deep background on national defense as the longest serving senior military instructor, working with the Army’s Training and Doctrine command since 1979, and long service on the Defense Policy Board.
The fifth goal is as important to the ultimate victory of the conservative movement over the Left as any other. Gingrich explains:
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