Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, the author of the Contract with America (1994), a professor of history and a life-long politician is perhaps a man of the hour now. His very abrasive and combative style of debate is laden with multiple ideas and options along with historically referenced content. Perhaps this could be the reason that he caught fire on his ascendancy to become a Republican Presidential candidate. In the political season defined by the news media markets, performing well in a debate on television is crucial to success. Newt is a master of this art and the electorate, tired of bland and almost disinterested, teleprompter dependent Obama is taking a close look at him. It should be an interesting competition of ideas. Both have some issues to be resolved and both are in it to the end.
If Newt gets the nomination it would be thanks to Obama; just like Jimmy Carter made Reagan’s nomination feasible, albeit he was thought by liberals and RINOs (Republican-In-Name-Only) to be the quintessential “Dunce” and unelectable. This may reflect the times and economies on the brink or perhaps the desire of the people wanting to make hard change in the direction of the Country of the ever increasing governmental controls and out of control deficit spending. In any case, I see the fork in the road and it isn’t Yogi Berra’s fork. The next election would be similar to the 1980’s election, only with more serious and lasting consequences. As the Viennese used to say during the heydays of the Austrian Empire: things are hopeless but not serious.
Oh’ yes, Newt Gingrich will be reviled by many. However, he may be the only candidate able to put Barack Hussein Obama in his place swiftly, without reservations and for all to see. And yes, unfortunately there are still too many that have yet to see the harm BHO has done to this great Country. Obama’s campaign is on target to raise a billion dollars for the 2012 election cycle. It is a treasure chest of the great divide, a class warfare and negative activity since he has nothing to show for what many consider “positive achievement”. His [their] “ideas” are right out of the Saul Alinsky/Marx playbook. During the Russian revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks hoped for things to get really bad because this was the only way their ideas would be accepted by the people. Are the similarities here purely coincidental?
Unless the American people turn out all the crooks and charlatans, whether Republican or Democrat currently in office at every level of government, from the national to the municipal, and replace them with legislators and executives who value limited government and a free-market economy, things will only get worse. Indeed, there may even be a world-wide economic collapse on the order of the Great Depression. Of course, just as has been the case with the Great Depression, only a tiny minority will understand the true cause and the correct cure. As usual, false conclusions will be drawn from the experience, and we will set ourselves up for another collapse in the future even as we slowly recover from this one.
The BHO’s campaign song for now is: The Thrill is Gone by B.B. King.
From our Washington correspondent