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Gingrich praised FDR, New Deal in 95, 06 books
Daily Caller ^ | 11-5-11 | By Paul Conner

Posted on 12/06/2011 12:16:40 AM PST by Mozilla

In two books, the man who calls President Barack Obama a “food-stamp president” praised the man whose administration created the first food stamp program.

Snubbing 16 other presidents including Ronald Reagan, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Franklin D. Roosevelt “probably the greatest president of the twentieth century” in his 1995 book To Renew America.

In a passage of the book in which Gingrich laid out examples of historical figures asking for God’s help for the nation, he praised Roosevelt for “openly appeal[ing] to the nation’s sense of faith and religion in summing the national will to the task” of defeating Nazi Germany.

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More recently, in his 2006 book Rediscovering God in America, Gingrich lauded FDR’s national leadership and spiritual guidance during World War II.

“Many consider Franklin Roosevelt to be the father of modern liberalism, so it may surprise you that he was a man of deep religious conviction who unapologetically linked the preservation of our nation during World War II with the preservation of religion,” the former House Speaker wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; fdr; newdeal; newtgingrich

1 posted on 12/06/2011 12:16:47 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

Oh, joy.


2 posted on 12/06/2011 12:19:09 AM PST by MetaThought
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To: Mozilla

I can’t bring myself to support this fool. The GOP nominees are either RINOS, don’t have the name recognition or fire to attract potential voters or are just plain embarrassing.


3 posted on 12/06/2011 12:24:59 AM PST by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

That seems to be the case. We are screwed.


4 posted on 12/06/2011 12:27:12 AM PST by Mozilla
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To: Mozilla

If we tear down Gingrich, who is left?


5 posted on 12/06/2011 12:28:07 AM PST by NMCicero
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

Agree.

R.I.P. GOP

R.I.P. America


6 posted on 12/06/2011 12:32:22 AM PST by madmaximus (Mickey Mouse/Donald Duck 2012 Yes we can!!!)
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To: Mozilla

It’s great that our presidents used to lead America in prayer, but he could’ve stopped there. No need to praise the New Deal.


7 posted on 12/06/2011 12:32:34 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Mozilla

Reagan was a fan of FDR.


8 posted on 12/06/2011 12:35:40 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: NMCicero
If we tear down Gingrich, who is left?

The real Conservatives.

9 posted on 12/06/2011 1:04:33 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; BagCamAddict

Epic fail.


10 posted on 12/06/2011 1:34:54 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; BagCamAddict; sickoflibs

Epic fail.


11 posted on 12/06/2011 1:35:09 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

I can’t bring myself to support this fool....

So Obama is better? I’ll take a RINO president any day over Obama and his band of fools.

We need a conservative Congress to roll back all the insane spending which is far more important. Any RINO president will fall in line.


12 posted on 12/06/2011 2:32:05 AM PST by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: Mozilla

The discussion about FDR was in Chapter 3, Reasserting and Renewing American Civilization. Newt was writing about the spiritual dimension that made America unique among nations:

“The fastest way to learn about America is by immersion in our history as a people and our emergence as a nation. From the Jamestown Colony and the Pilgrims to the very founding of the nation, the centrality of God and religion is unmistakable. All of our rights come from our Creator. Even today this is a very radical idea. In nearly all countries, power belongs to the state and is occasionally loaned to individuals. In America, power comes from God to the individual and is loaned to the state. It does not belong to the state or a king.”

Newt then writes about the Constitutional Convention and how it was in danger of failing. Newt gives the speech that Ben Franklin gave to pull the Convention back on track. Here is a brief excerpt:

“. . . that we have not hitherto thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding?” . . . “And have we not forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need his assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convinced I am of this truth—that God governs the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?”

Then Newt writes about the faith of Abraham Lincoln and gives his second inaugural address which talks about slavery as an offense and how God caused the war “as woe due to those by whom the offense came.”

Finally, Newt writes about the “struggle of equal magnitude with Nazi Germany.” Newt gives Roosevelt’s radio address to the nation that was waiting for the results of the battle on Omaha Beach. Again, Newt writes about the faith of FDR; a faith that “Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln would have understood and approved.”

It is this same faith in God that we should reach to in our struggle to restore America today. God is our “powerful friend,” in case we have forgotten. Newt’s third chapter in “To Renew America,” is an important one.


13 posted on 12/06/2011 3:53:59 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: Mozilla

This is an example odf the difference between a “hit” and a “gotcha” in political research. If the author was working in an ops research shop he would be told to go back and find something voters care about. Yes it SOUNDS like an OOOOOOH! but when the dust settles I’ve seen much worse stuff pulled from a book written by a target that fell flat. This will as well.


14 posted on 12/06/2011 4:06:03 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Jim Robinson
No need to praise the New Deal.

The author of the blog cannot quote any actual "praise" for the New Deal. Newt notes that the New Deal failed to end the Depression, but did lift morale. Here in solidly Republican East Tennessee, when I was a child, one could go in some homes and see a picture of FRD on the wall, right next to the picture of Jesus.

It was only this past year that I became aware that FDR prayed to conclude his address on D-Day.

I guess deceptive and lurid headlines are one way to get blog hits, though.

15 posted on 12/06/2011 4:09:48 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Mozilla
In Newt Gingrich's book, To Renew America, the discussion about FDR comes in Chapter 3, "Reasserting and Renewing American Civilization." The discussion was about FDR's spiritual connection with God. Newt never praised FDR for his part in the New Deal. In fact, discussion about the New Deal does not come up anywhere in his book. The spin of this thread is gobbledegook.
16 posted on 12/06/2011 4:13:25 AM PST by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: jonrick46
The spin of this thread is gobbledegook.

Actually, the comments in the thread are exposing the spin (lie) of the headline.

17 posted on 12/06/2011 4:21:55 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Mozilla

Adulation of FDR is a prerequisite at some level for high office in DC.....

Welcome to the United Soviet States of America..where the Pravda State Media “vet” the candidates to the pleasure and needs of the RinoCrat UniParty.

This “election” will be a non-election...featuring the state approved “candidates”-whose only distinction is whether they are black or white.


18 posted on 12/06/2011 4:39:56 AM PST by mo
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To: NMCicero

I can not, will not, support Newt. I’ve gone back to Perry in hopes he can pull it out.


19 posted on 12/06/2011 4:44:56 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers



20 posted on 12/06/2011 8:52:37 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Moonman62
Reagan was a fan of FDR.

Key word there, "Was"

Reagan later wrote: "Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal. It was Mussolini's success in Italy, with his government-directed economy, that led the early New Dealers to say 'But Mussolini keeps the trains running on time."

21 posted on 12/06/2011 8:55:32 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Impy; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; BagCamAddict

My grandmother was a young adult in 1929 and died thinking FDR was a hero who helped people in the great depression.

Newts comments on FDR and WWII wouldnt be so bad if he had only pointed out all the bad things Roosevelt did too.

Newt is definitely a progressive and his record the last 15 years is much more relevent than what he voted for in the 1990s when a small conservative GA house district voters were holding his feet to the fire. He may be less liberal than Romney but that’s not saying much.


22 posted on 12/06/2011 5:08:12 PM PST by sickoflibs (Cain :"Plan B is to quit, but not call it quitting. Instead call it fighting")
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To: dfwgator

Point taken, but Reagan is criticizing the New Deal here more than FDR, and explaining how it was justified. A few years back some politicians wanted to replace FDR on the dime with Reagan. Nancy put an end to it by saying it’s not what Ronnie would have wanted to replace FDR.


23 posted on 12/06/2011 6:29:34 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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