Craig Andresen

The Case For Newt Gingrich

By Craig Andresen on October 20, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Taking this country back, saving this country, turning it around and restoring its place in the world cannot be done through legislation alone. It cannot rely solely on the repeal of unwanted prior legislation nor can it be accomplished only by the excising of useless government waste.

Yes, these things are necessary but if that is to be the end game, we shall remain lost.

As a nation we need something more.

We need a leader which is something we frankly are missing right now. We need a leader with experience but that experience can’t be found only in a board room or, for that matter, only in elected office. The leadership we need to correct the course is a combination of those things but to stop there would leave us short of the goal.

This nation, to right the ship, correct the wrongs and climb back into prosperity must find a leader with the X factor.

We, as conservatives have candidates with board room experience and elected experience and even with a combination of the two. Cain, Romney, Bachmann all have those experiences in their wheelhouse.

Perry has been a Governor for more than 10 years and that’s good experience.

Paul has served for many terms in the House and that’s also good experience.

Huntsmann has served several Presidents and has been the Ambassador to China and held the Governor’s office in Utah. Solid experiences all.

Santorum has served in Congress and has achieved great things there.

It’s the X factor they are missing and that X factor could well be the most important consideration leading to the primaries.

I submit that Newt Gingrich possesses that X factor.

Gingrich has the experience level none of the others can touch. As the Speaker of the House, Gingrich did what, at the time, was thought impossible. He balanced the budget. It was Gingrich who, as a Congressman, co-authored the “Contract With America” and as Speaker, brought all 10 points of that Contract to a House Vote in the 1st 100 days, as he had promised to do.

While Gingrich never served in the military, he grew up in a career military family which, I submit, provides him with a solid respect for the institution and for those who have and continue to serve our nation.

Gingrich is a historian having received his undergraduate degree in History from Emory University in 1965 which was then followed by a MA in 1968  and later, a PHD in European History from Tulane University in 1971. Our strongest leader will know where we’ve been in order to know the way forward.

From Business Insider, In 1981, Gingrich co-founded the Congressional Military Reform Caucus (MRC) as well as the Congressional Aviation and Space Caucus. During the 1983 congressional page sex scandal, Gingrich was among those calling for the expulsion of representatives Dan Crane and Gerry Studds. In 1983, he founded the Conservative Opportunity Society, a group that included young conservative House Republicans. Ronald Reagan adopted the “opportunity society” ideas for 1984 re-election campaign, supporting the group’s conservative goals on economic growth, education, crime, space exploration and social issues, which he had not emphasized during his first term.”

The list of Gingrich’s accomplishments is long and solidly conservative but not without baggage.

There was the 1992 Check Kiting issue in which Gingrich was just one of 450 House Members who had used the lax House banking rules to cover overdrafts but Gingrich was NOT one of the 22 House Members singled out for excessiveness in that regard and it was Gingrich’s own investigation of House ethics violations which led to the kiting becoming an issue.

Most notable as baggage was the 84 ethics violations filed against him in the mid 1990’s of which all but 1 was dropped. That 1 allegation contained two counts “of failure to seek legal advice” and one count of “providing the committee with information which he knew or should have known was inaccurate” concerning the use of a tax exempt college course for political purposes. In early 1997, the House voted 395 to 28 to reprimand Gingrich, including a $300,000 “cost assessment” to recover money spent on the investigation.

As for the charge regarding the tax exempt college course, the matter was left to the IRS – and 2 years later, the organizations involved were cleared of any wrongdoing leaving the 2 counts of “failure to see legal advice” as the only uncleared issues attached to Gingrich.

Also from Business Insider, Gingrich has served on several congressional committees, including the Hart-Rudman Commission, formally known as the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, which examined issues affecting the armed forces, law enforcement and intelligence agencies with regards to national security. In 2005 he became the co-chair of a task force for United Nations reform, which aimed to produce a plan for the U.S. to help strengthen the UN. Gingrich also co-chaired an independent congressional Alzheimer’s Disease Study Group made up of health policy experts. The group was formed in 2007 to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of action taken within the U.S. to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

In September 2007, Gingrich founded the 527 group American Solutions for Winning the Future. The stated mission of the group is to become the “leading grassroots movement to recruit, educate, and empower citizen activists and elected officials to develop solutions to transform all levels of government”. Gingrich spoke of the group and its objectives at the CPAC conference of 2008 and currently serves as its General Chairman. Other organizations and companies founded or chaired by Gingrich include the healthcare think tank Center for Health Transformation, the creative production company Gingrich Productions, and the religious educational organization Renewing American Leadership.

For over two decades, Gingrich has taught at the United States Air Force’s Air University, where he is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course. In addition, he is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University and teaches officers from all of the defense services. Gingrich informally advised Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld on strategic issues, on issues including the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and encouraging the Pentagon to not “yield” foreign policy influence to the State Department and National Security Council.

Gingrich is a fellow at conservative think tanks the American Enterprise Institute and Hoover Institution, focusing on U.S. politics, world history, national security policy, and environmental policy issues. Gingrich is also a guiding coalition member of the Project on National Security Reform.

While many of the Tea Party faithful, of which I am one, consider Newt Gingrich a RINO, one could also offer that Gingrich laid the footings upon which the foundation of the Tea Party has been built.

While Gingrich and his campaign, at this point, does not have the deep financial pockets of others in the race, it should not go without note that many pundits and bloggers alike have stated that Gingrich has in fact won several of the debates. That, I believe, is important especially if, as Herman Cain has stated, the message is more important than the money.

On social issues, Newt Gingrich is a solid right conservative who advocates the defunding of Planned Parenthood, wants to make English our nation’s official language, does not support gay marriage and does support overturning Roe vs Wade. To read more regarding his positions on social issues, please click here.

There are a few X factors to take into account as well not the least of which is the fact that Gingrich, in a one-on-one debate with Obama, could run circles around the current resident of the White House; and when it comes to the general election, Gingrich’s depth of knowledge and his ability to articulate it is insurmountable. Other candidates such as Romney and perhaps Cain could easily hold their own in this regard – but to have our candidate bury the opponent in a single or series of debates would be epic.

Another of the X factors would be Gingrich’s ability to sway the independent voters. No one from either side of the aisle can win in 2012 without the independent vote and Gingrich, above the rest of the field, would be the one who could reverse that portion of the electorate from their 2008 left leaning votes.

The 3rd X factor would be Newt Gingrich’s steadfast refusal to descend into the melee of attacking his fellow candidates. While the “front runners” have taken every opportunity to grab headlines by bashing those closest to them in the polls, literally promoting themselves at the expense of others, Gingrich has stayed true to promoting conservatism and his vision of the opportunity for a bright national future at his own expense.

The first primary may well be only 6 weeks away – but if we, as conservatives, only focus on winning the nomination with a candidate we have adhered to at the exclusion of others based on cherry-picked issues of our own personal interest, we will split the vote into so many splinters we may well be left with what we get rather than what we need.

If, however, we factor in the general election and focus our attention on that, now, before the primaries, we will have a much better opportunity to nominate the best possible contender against Obama in 2012.

For many conservatives, who have dedicated their hearts to specific candidates, the idea of voting with their heads rather than hearts is too tough a pill to swallow and in many ways, unnecessary. I simply suggest that hearts be diverted from those cherry-picked issues and specific candidates and redirected to the long-term goal of reclaiming this great nation. Let your hearts belong not to a candidate but to America and allow your head to discern the best course of action.

Many of the current candidates could well be more effective in various posts rather than in the oval office. Consider where your current candidate of choice would be, given their specific talents related to your specific issues of interest, most effective in taking this country from where it is to where it needs to be.

I could easily see someone like Allen West as the VP, or Sarah Palin as the Sec. of Energy or Interior. John Bolton as Sec. of State. Ron Paul cleaning out the fed or as Sec. of Treasury. John Huntsman as Chief of Staff.  Michelle Bachmann rewriting the tax code. There are, of course, many options and opportunities.

Is Newt Gingrich the only viable candidate? No. If you stand back and look at the big picture, beyond the nomination and even beyond the next 4 years, is Gingrich the best choice to undo the harmful policies and legislation while coordinating a strong foreign and domestic policy? Yes.

Is Newt a long shot given his current financial campaign status? Yes. Can he close that gap? Possibly – but only if enough conservatives consider the merits rather than the baggage and find a way to look at this race to the nomination objectively rather than subjectively.

The National Patriot will support whoever the eventual nominee might be – but, considering the overall objective, the big picture and what it will take to achieve the desired long-range goals of saving this nation, TNP, as a site, will support Newt Gingrich as we continue to rush toward the primaries and the nomination.

Newt Gingrich may not be the shiniest new ball on the stage but he is unquestionably the smartest candidate in the room with a proven track record of conservative success and 3 major X factors which bode well for the general election.

Newt Gingrich 2012

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Editor’s note: Craig Andresen is the Publisher and CEO of The National Patriot and while TNP has endorsed Newt Gingrich, all contributors are free to endorse the candidate of their choice. TNP will stand with and promote the eventual GOP nominee.

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9 Responses to “The Case For Newt Gingrich”

  1. Proe Graphique Says:

    I disagree only with one small portion of the analysis: “Newt Gingrich may not be the shiniest new ball on the stage but he is unquestionably the smartest candidate in the room with a proven track record of conservative success and 3 major X factors which bode well for the general election.”

    If intelligence and ability are the luster factors, then Newt is the ONLY shiny ball on the stage, and we better appreciate in a hurry that a candidate like newt only comes around every 30 – 40 years, and we are absolutely out of our minds not to thank God he is who he is, can do what he can do, and wants this God forsaken thankless job usually only desired by those in need or silver-spoon egotists.

    In my opinion, this is the key to winning the election: “Gingrich’s depth of knowledge and his ability to articulate it is insurmountable. Other candidates such as Romney and perhaps Cain could easily hold their own in this regard – but to have our candidate bury the opponent in a single or series of debates would be epic.” With the country on the edge of complete socialist takeover and financial collapse, we can gamble on nothing less than a sure thing, and as a speaker of the house – three steps removed previously already from the White House – who balanced the FEDERAL – not a *State’s* budget, Newt is the only thing we have near to a sure thing. Get the word out: the candidate must be newt Gingrich; anyone else will get destroyed by Obama’s media. Only Newt can hold his own in that regard, and that’s everything.

  2. infidella heatha Says:

    Excellent article.
    Thorough as could be.
    Thank You!
    Newt also understands the stealth jihads that are underway in America.
    Your VP and cabinet was Awesome!!

  3. Eva Kolosiek Says:

    OUTSTANDING EVALUATION!! DITTO!

  4. Marcus Clark Says:

    I think Newt Gingrich would make a great choice for VP. For the best choice for President look at http://mlcweb.net/cain/ and the (linked) followup page http://mlcweb/cain/page2.htm

  5. Kathy from Kansas Says:

    MAJOR TYPO: “does not support gay marriage and does not support overturning Roe vs Wade.” WRONG! You accidentally put a second “not” in that sentence.

    Newt is as PRO-LIFE as they come!!!

  6. admin Says:

    While Newt IS indeed pro life, his stance on Roe v Wade has remained the same for a long time.

    Gingrich is opposed to abortion but does not believe the nation is ready to enact a constitutional ban. In the first three months of 1995, while the Contract With America was being debated, he angered some Republican congressmen by detouring them from anti-abortion amendments to bills and by putting aside their arguments that a welfare reform package might lead to an increase in abortions.

    Newt has stated that, “I think that abortion should not be legal, and I think that how you would implement that I’m not sure.”

    Overturning R v Wade may or may not be able to be done through legislation but COULD be done at the Supreme Court level.

    You are however correct in that the 2nd “not” in that sentence was a typo.

  7. Guest1776 Says:

    Isn’t this laissez-faire approach exactly what we tried from 1979 to
    2007, when inequality shot through the roof, according to the CBO?

    NO! What we had is government interference into free markets and when government interferes it distorts the market and bubbles are created and popped. Take Fannie and Freddie with all their just sign here and own a home loans for instance. It created a boom as homes were in demand and put a lot of people to work building them but it was a bubble bound to pop because it was created by government forcing banks out of time tested loan standards the community organizers like Obama called racist. You know its racist for a bank to require good credit, 10-15% down and ability to pay loan with one week’s pay etc…

    Many people want to blame Wall St and the removal of Glass-Steagall but the fact is if that never happened there is still a banking crisis because of sub primes loans banks were forced to come up with by government that were based on the economy.

    And another thing to consider is that if all those loans that were packed and sold were time tested loan standards before the government interfered then the Glass-Steagall thing wouldn’t have mattered much because they would have been responsible loans where mortgages were paid regardless of slowing economy.

    Pols like to have it both ways. For example Democrats are demonizing banks for not making small business loans yet require banks to have more cash on hand before making them. Dodd/Frank did that and did not address the F&F problem. Another example of government interfering into free markets is the Durbin Tax banks are now charging for debit card use. Example: Walmart and banks willfully agreed that Walmart will pay pennies per purchases using debit cards so banks didn’t charge you the customer to cover their processing cost. The Durbin Tax removed that and now banks have to charge you $5.00 a month for your debit card whether you use it or not to cover the cost while Dick Durbin demonizes banks for charging that fee he forced them into charging.

    Pols love to have both ways and its the same thing with the 70,000+ pages of tax code where pols are demonizing companies they tax for raising the cost of their product or service after pols raise their cost through higher taxes. Pols know those cost are always passed onto the consumer but its a win/win for them because they can then demonize the companies.

    Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan gets rid of all those hidden taxes and loopholes within the 70,000+ pages of tax code lobbyist lobby them to change etc… and when implemented 9-9-9 will result in an economic boom with cheaper products because companies will evaluate their bottom line with the money they save and lower cost trying to steal consumers from their competition. Competition is always good for the consumer and this is exactly why big corps lobby for taxes and loopholes that’ll hurt their small business counterparts and exactly the reason we need a Main St President not a Wall St POTUS like Obama has been or Romney will be.

    Basically at the root of the problem with the mortgage crisis is this noble but misguided idea that everyone deserves to own a home. Its not true! You deserve to ow a home when you can meet the free market standards for getting a loan. To pretend as pols do that banks want to loose money on their loans and need a bailout is nonsensical.

    Cain/Ginfrich or Gingrich/Cain 2012!

  8. Viv Honicutt Says:

    OK, IF Obama isn’t afraid lets see him and Gingrich set down and have a debate, each asked the SAME questions, and see how well it goes compared to what Cain and Gingrich did!!!! I’m betting Obama is a coward! NO BIAS OR SLANT IN THE QUESTIONS!

  9. Monica Couch Says:

    what i’m wondering… is why are those in congress so afraid of him, and why do they want to destroy him so he doesn’t become the nomination? when nancy pelosi came out w/ her comments that she was going to leak information, that solidified my support for newt…