Skip to comments.Gingrich Archives Show His Public Praise, Private Criticism of Reagan
Posted on 02/19/2012 9:56:45 PM PST by Steelfish
Gingrich Archives Show His Public Praise, Private Criticism of Reagan
By Jerry Markon February 19
CARROLLTON, Ga. In an unnoticed 1992 speech, Newt Gingrich in a single utterance took aim not only at a beloved conservative icon but also at a core tenet of the conservative movement: that government must be limited.
Ronald Reagans weakness, Gingrich told the National Academy of Public Administration in Atlanta, was that he didnt think government mattered. The Reagan failure was to grossly undervalue the centrality of government as the organizing mechanism for reinforcing societal behavior.
A review of thousands of documents detailing Gingrichs career shows it wasnt the first time he had criticized Reagan, whom he regularly invokes today in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
When Gingrich was in the House, his chief of staff noted at a 1983 staff meeting that his boss frequently derided Reagan, along with then-White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker III and Robert H. Michel, the House Republican leader.
Gingrich assumed that hes the whole Republican Party, said the Gingrich aide, Frank Gregorsky, according to a transcript of the meeting. He knows more than the president, the presidents people, Michel, Baker. He calls them stupid all the time, and I think thats going to get him into big trouble someday.
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I wasn’t a Reagan fan, but he couldn’t be worse than Carter. I had no respect for him until he fired the air traffic controllers for their illegal strike. Then I took a second look at him. He was good, but no saint. so what if Gingrich didn’t care for him too much...
Notice this is 'dirt' diggers at the Washington Post going through 'archives'.... Now IF Newt agreed with everything President Reagan said and did they would call Newt a cultist.... like the compost ever treated President Reagan with dignity....
Now I do wonder if the Washington compost checked out Judge James Rogan's book
Catching Our Flag: Behind the Scenes of a Presidential Impeachment
Judge Rogan kept a diary and he has less than flattering description of how Ricky Santorum helped kill the impeachment proceedings against the gutter snipe Bill Clinton....
Now this last link has had some major help since this link was first posted here on FR. You will have to scroll down to read the words of Judge Rogan. (Judge Rogan was one of the ‘good’ guys and lost his reelection bid because of him fulfilling his Constitutional duty.)
You should be banned from Free Republic.
Reagan was a St.Bernard, Newt is Pit Bull..
Now is the time for a Pit Bull...
Oh! Santo is a Poodle.. Romney is a Chihuahua..
Its true... Sarah is a Grizzly.. Michele Bachmann is some other kind of Bear..
Ron Paul is Feral Dog, and Cain is a fighting Rooster..
American wants a warm and fuzzy lap-dog.. but end up with a Weasel..
Obama is the weaselist weasle that ever weasled..
>> Gingrich: “The Reagan failure was to grossly undervalue the centrality of government as the organizing mechanism for reinforcing societal behavior.”
Ironically a position Santorum is campaigning on today.
Santorum is a statist.
Why should he be banned?
I remember Rogan,he was good quite a young guy at the time
Still another hit piece.
They say Gingrich is dead- but yet, who do they continue to attack? Yesterday, Wash Times ran a story on Newt’s campaign finances based on reports of a Romney lobbying firm; yesterday, a nat’l talk radio host called on him to withdraw; now another 4 page story on how Gingrich is not a Reagan conservative ( how many more times is Romney going to get his lackeys to publish this misinformation?)
Mitt and Rick are the frontrunners- where are the front page hit pieces? No where. They’re reserved solely for the guy in 3rd place.
Today, Wash Post story on Rodney: “Mitt Romney, as a student at a chaotic time for BYU, focused on family, church.”-— What a guy. How touching.
The more they whine, accuse and distort— the more apparent is the fact that Newt is the only anti-establishment candidate in the race.
Do you work for the Romeny or Santorum campaign?
Who did you think was a good president?
Every time someone writes this, they should put, "This message is brought to you by Mitt Romney and his PR army."
Also, why do Gingrich threads devolve into bashing Ronald Reagan. Even Obama couldn't sully Reagan's reputation. Why this need to trash every conservative of the last 40 years?
His endorsement of Romney was to stop McCain. We got McCain anyway, and we all know how that turned out.
Someone actually took the time to go find the entire speech. As Reagan said, "Trust but verify."
You might want to start looking more deeply at Santorum.