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Newt Gingrich a Fan of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and Woodrow Wilson? UPDATED

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When we are looking for a Conservative to nominate in order to defeat Barak Obama in November.  I know that some of my fellow bloggers are leaning towards Newt Gingrich for that task.  However, I strongly disagree, and for additional evidence, offer the following video…

After that, can we doubt that Gingrich  is a progressive?  And, what might a Republican progressive President do with the power of the executive branch.  Being a regressive, that POTUS wouldn’t reduce the power of the government-they would increase it.  Regressivism requires power to meet it’s “lofty” goals, and with that power comes control.  Human nature, as well as history,  teaches us that such power is not relinquished easily.

UPDATE:  Our Contributor, Don, has some issues with the video that I posted, so here is the comment that he left…

I detest videos like this that are hit pieces, taking every quote out of context.

After doing pretty extensive searches online for Newt videos, I have found that there are a preponderance of them that, through quick editing like this one, take things he has said out of context.

If you disagree with his politics, fine. Take him to task. But this video has been edited to show only what the person who spliced it together wants to portray.

I found this video that states, via the title that Newt was mesmerized by Clinton.

However, when you watch it, his points that he has made are much different. I would say that getting 2 out of every 3 people off welfare and back to work, balancing the budget four years, creating millions of jobs and the contract with America are pretty conservative.

What is it about Newt that people on the right don’t like?

He has made mistakes, but he also has the integrity to own up to them. When he does, he isn’t given credit for changing his position. Are we really that rigid that we cannot accept the fact that someone can learn from their mistakes??

I am a Conservative and I think most everyone who knows me understands that. But guess what? I admire FDR. He handled WWII a hell of a lot better than LBJ handled Viet Nam. He got his agenda accomplished, and yes. It was a horrible one, and I disagree with it totally. Am I not allowed to admire his chutzpah? I am just glad that Obama is as ineffectual a leader as he is and doesn’t possess FDR’s leadership style. Then we would really be in trouble.

Now that I have stated I admire FDR, does that make me a RINO?

The odd thing about this hit piece video is that the person who edited it was evidently afraid to leave in the entire quotes by Newt.

If this were video or audio and you took one of my above sentences – “I admire FDR.” – would it not look like I was a progressive? A moderate? A RINO? A (insert slur here)?

Okay, we on the right have to vet our candidates, but I think we can be better than what this piece of crap video offers.

At the end of the video, Glenn Beck says, “Damn you Tea Party!”

Taken out of context, that is a pretty bad statement for a conservative to make, right?

Go to this link, it is a pretty fair attempt to understand what Newt was saying and that Glenn Beck either didn’t understand or didn’t care to take the time to lean about.

http://www.therightscoop.com/c-span-classic-newt-edition-im-a-realpolitik-wilsonian/

The “realpolitik Wilsonian” comment WITH context:

“I’m frankly a realpolitik Wilsonian. I think that you can talk about realism, but to be an American, realism is idealistic. If you’re not idealistic, how do you explain America? Why did we conquer Japan and promptly liberate it? Why did we conquer Germany and promptly liberate it? Because we really do believe that everyone’s endowed by God. And to ask us to be realistic in a way which repudiates that belief, is to ask us not to be Americans.” – Newt Gingrich on CSPAN.

What in the blue hell is wrong with THAT statement? He stood up for American values and combined it with a Wilsonian desire to reach out to other nations.

Yeah, THAT is awful. /sarcasm off

Here is the video of the Newt “realpolitik Wilsonian” quote:

One last thing.

You know we get pissed off when the left does stuff like this. We scream for them to look at the context and be fair.

Exactly what part of the above video is fair? Accurate? Contextual?

I would be just as upset if this were a Ron Paul hit piece video, and I cannot stand what Ron Paul is doing. But that is for another post.

Suffice it to say that if it is unfair when the left does it, then it is unfair when the right does it.

I respect Don, and his opinion, so I think this warrants another look.  I did about an hours worth of searching for full versions of the clips found in the original video.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find anything more than Don had.  So, I do have to admit that at least some of the video is, as Don described, a hit piece.

If anyone can find additional footage that either proves or debunks the information in the first video, please share it.  No matter the opinion we have of any particular candidate, we must be slavishly obedient to the truth.  If we don’t at least attempt to do that, we’re no better than the leftists we castigate for doing the same thing as a standard practice.

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  • http://capitolcommentary.com Harrison

    The man has no future now, but those are some pretty Big Government/Overly Optimistic guys to favor. And unless you only like FDR for the war you’re a Big Government guy, too.

  • http://www.conservativehideout.com Don

    I detest videos like this that are hit pieces, taking every quote out of context.

    After doing pretty extensive searches online for Newt videos, I have found that there are a preponderance of them that, through quick editing like this one, take things he has said out of context.

    If you disagree with his politics, fine. Take him to task. But this video has been edited to show only what the person who spliced it together wants to portray.

    I found this video that states, via the title that Newt was mesmerized by Clinton.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj-VcFkTENM&feature=related

    However, when you watch it, his points that he has made are much different. I would say that getting 2 out of every 3 people off welfare and back to work, balancing the budget four years, creating millions of jobs and the contract with America are pretty conservative.

    What is it about Newt that people on the right don’t like?

    He has made mistakes, but he also has the integrity to own up to them. When he does, he isn’t given credit for changing his position. Are we really that rigid that we cannot accept the fact that someone can learn from their mistakes??

    I am a Conservative and I think most everyone who knows me understands that. But guess what? I admire FDR. He handled WWII a hell of a lot better than LBJ handled Viet Nam. He got his agenda accomplished, and yes. It was a horrible one, and I disagree with it totally. Am I not allowed to admire his chutzpah? I am just glad that Obama is as ineffectual a leader as he is and doesn’t possess FDR’s leadership style. Then we would really be in trouble.

    Now that I have stated I admire FDR, does that make me a RINO?

    The odd thing about this hit piece video is that the person who edited it was evidently afraid to leave in the entire quotes by Newt.

    If this were video or audio and you took one of my above sentences – “I admire FDR.” – would it not look like I was a progressive? A moderate? A RINO? A (insert slur here)?

    Okay, we on the right have to vet our candidates, but I think we can be better than what this piece of crap video offers.

    At the end of the video, Glenn Beck says, “Damn you Tea Party!”

    Taken out of context, that is a pretty bad statement for a conservative to make, right?

    Go to this link, it is a pretty fair attempt to understand what Newt was saying and that Glenn Beck either didn’t understand or didn’t care to take the time to lean about.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/c-span-classic-newt-edition-im-a-realpolitik-wilsonian/

    The “realpolitik Wilsonian” comment WITH context:

    “I’m frankly a realpolitik Wilsonian. I think that you can talk about realism, but to be an American, realism is idealistic. If you’re not idealistic, how do you explain America? Why did we conquer Japan and promptly liberate it? Why did we conquer Germany and promptly liberate it? Because we really do believe that everyone’s endowed by God. And to ask us to be realistic in a way which repudiates that belief, is to ask us not to be Americans.” – Newt Gingrich on CSPAN.

    What in the blue hell is wrong with THAT statement? He stood up for American values and combined it with a Wilsonian desire to reach out to other nations.

    Yeah, THAT is awful. /sarcasm off

    Here is the video of the Newt “realpolitik Wilsonian” quote:

  • Don

    One last thing.

    You know we get pissed off when the left does stuff like this. We scream for them to look at the context and be fair.

    Exactly what part of the above video is fair? Accurate? Contextual?

    I would be just as upset if this were a Ron Paul hit piece video, and I cannot stand what Ron Paul is doing. But that is for another post.

    Suffice it to say that if it is unfair when the left does it, then it is unfair when the right does it.

  • http://www.manhattaninfidel.com Infidel de Manahatta

    It’s time to end the Republican/RINO/Democrat wannabe party. We need a party of the the Constitution.

  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    I do not believe that Gingrich is a small government guy; he believes in big government, but from the Republican point of view. That is no better and we will not solve our problems if the answer to everything is creating more government, and that seems to be Newt’s solution for every problem.

  • http://alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com/ Always On Watch

    It’s going to come down to the lesser of the two evils in November 2012.

    So many of the candidates are nothing more than consummate politicians, who have been reared to believe that FDR “saved” America during the Great Depression.

  • http://www.toberight.com Harry

    Ugggh. This is a tough one.

    Gingrich is one of those guys who has moments of shining brilliance. Then, it all goes away is an equally blinding flash of insanity.

    By insanity, I just mean, speaking off the cuff and saying something stupid.

    Anyway, what do we all mean by “small government?” I’ve written extensively about it, but what do we really expect from the next President, should a R win?

    Remember, Reagan wrote in his diaries and in letters (See, In His Own Hand) extensively about eliminating the Department of Education. When it came down to 8 years in the Oval Office, it never even came up. Why? Because with a democrat controlled Congress, and the way it plays politically, it was a loser.

    So… Here we all are. We want to eliminate: Commerce, Education, Urban Development, HHS, Labor – and that’s just to start. Add in privatization of of Social Security, elimination of the Fed (or at least reform), Revamping of Medicare, Medicaid, overturning Obamacare, deregulation….

    Now, remember Reagan and the one Department that should have been a no-brainer to eliminate.

    It took the progressives 100 years to get us tothis point. We will not reverse that course in one election. We need to understand this.

    If – IF – Newt can manage to get rid of Obamacare and deregulate, It will go a HUGE way toward righting the ship. And those two items are reasonable to expect.

    In fact – if Newt, Romney or Santorum are president, I think we could expect those two items from either of them. I don’t however, expect anything more.

    Beyond a Ron Paul type President – all those other things we want will have to be fought for over time, in incremental elimination.

    The trick is, how to do that before we go off the cliff……

  • Bob

    Anyone can like a controversial figure. I strongly believe that Newt Gingrich is the best candidate for the presidency whether or not he likes or liked Woodrow Wilson and FDR.

    Look at how many celebrities we watch on TV and the movies. The base in Hollywood is liberalism. Does this mean we should shut off the TV and avoid all movies with controversial celebrities? NO.

    Gingrich for president. The lamestream media is trashing Newt for “historical” baggage. All politicians have baggage if we dig deep enough, but the lamestream/left socialists won’t expose democrats, they love the big zero/Obama. Newt has made his mark with his “Contract with America,” a contract he fulfilled that no other politician can match. He is a true conservative, and gaining in the polls. He also now has the support of the Palin family and Rick Perry. We need this man to bring back our country into prosperity. However, I will vote for anyone who runs against the Obama regime.

  • http://www.conservativehideout.com Don

    Matt,
    I expect no less from someone of your impeccable integrity.

    Thanks for the kind words.

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